all the McDonald’s, Wendy’s, & Burger Kings put together

So, I was talking to Mike Luo, a New York Times writer who's researching Chinese restaurants (yay!), & he said that there are more Chinese restaurants in the USA than all the McDonald's, Wendy's, & Burger Kings put together!

Dang! I was like, how is that even possible? It sounds too good to be true! But a little research shows that Alabama has only 135 McDonald's (or should I say McDonald'ses? McDonald's'?) & my database has 231 Chinese restaurants there. Wyoming has 7 McDonald'ses & over 60 Chinese restaurants. Then if you think about the number of Chinese restaurants in San Francisco as opposed to McDonald's', well, hey.... So you can start to see how this trippy factoid can actually be true. Gotta love those journalist types for coming up with this stuff!