Some on the list, I wouldn't exactly call them fast foods in the traditional sense. More like a notch or two above, like Boston Market.
Pret A Manger looks like Panera Bread. The article says they donate unused or unsold foods to homeless shelters daily.
But last I heard, you can't do that in NY anymore It's all b/c of some BS about not being able to gauge the nutritional content Way to go Mayor Bloomberg!!!
St. Hubert looks good. Should check them out if I visit Montreal again.
The NY metro area sorely needs a ramen place like Ippudo. Apparently, there is a single Ippudo location in Manhattan. There's tons of only ramen joints in Manhattan, but barely or next to none in the surrounding metro area For me, getting into Manhattan is a major PITA. I don't drive into Manhattan (only if I'm passing through) and taking public trans. is a major pain and it's time consuming.
And the prices at Ippudo. Not exactly fast food prices. Prices starts at $14 a bowl and up. OK, if they opened up more locations outside Manhattan, the prices should be cheaper.
Someone should open a place like Ippudo in the NYC metro and suburban areas. Specialize in just a few things like Ramen, gyozas and tonkatsu. No sushi, just Japanese comfort food. I'm sure there's tons of that kinda places in LA.