But if you must eat fast food:
Taco Bell: When it's midnight, you're starving, and you only have a buck, Downey-based Taco Bell may be the only option you're looking for.
El Pollo Loco & Del Taco: Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco and Lake Forest-based Del Taco share a stirring slogan: "Hey, We're Better Than Taco Bell."
Panda Express: It is possible that some meals prepared by Rosemead-based Panda Express have some nutritional value.
Johnny Rockets: I never have eaten at a Lake Forest-based Johnny Rockets. But I confess that it makes me happy to look in the window as I walk by.
Chronic Tacos: Aliso Viejo-based Chronic Tacos has name stolen from a record company named Death Row.
Carl's Jr.: There was a time when a Western Bacon Cheeseburger from Carpinteria-based Carl's Jr. was the best thing I'd ever tasted. My standard of living has improved dramatically since then.
Good Riddance -- McDonalds: According to Wikipedia, McDonalds was founded in 1940 in San Bernardino, California. Fifteen years later, McDonalds's headquarters moved to Illinois. I think I speak for all Californians when I say, "Please, don't come back."