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Normally thought of for their uniformity, Atlas Obscura has a fun list of “7 of the World’s Most Beautiful Fast-Food Restaurants” for those interested in a hybrid of award-winning architecture and fast food.
But beautiful fast-food restaurants exist. Many set up shop in historical buildings after locals refuse to see them bulldozed. Other times, their beauty is on the outside, as with California’s Linda Mar Taco Bell, which offers a life-affirming ocean view. And surely Colonel Sanders never imagined that, one day, there would be a KFC covered in Tang-dynasty Chinese poetry.
For those outraged when massive multinationals seek out glorious surroundings to sling burgers and chicken, don’t fret too much. Only recently, the world’s largest KFC in Azerbaijan left its haunt, a 1926 train station styled as a Moorish palace. It will become a train museum. In Argentina, a Burger King has departed an actual palace, a Venetian-style, neo-Gothic confection in Buenos Aires, and the space is slated to become a bookstore. So, enjoy the high-low beauty of these elegant fast-food restaurants, while supplies last.