When ordering a hamburger, always ask for some sort of substitution. This could be something as minor as no lettuce or extra ketchup. This ensures you'll get a fresher one as they'll have to make it to order.
Long lines suck. But if you want fresher food, go at noon instead of 3 P.M. Because of the amount of orders, food needs to constantly be replenished, meaning your order will come straight off the grill instead of from under a heat lamp.
Want to maximize your meat? Don't ask for double meat until after they already scoop your meat into the burrito. This way, you get to see the amount they put in, and will have to double that, instead of giving you two lesser scoops.
The sleeve on your Starbucks cup isn't just for protecting your hand from heat. It can be used as a storage place for your stirring wand. You can even fit a napkin or small amounts of trash in here if you're crazy about consolidating.
Ever get your Subway sandwich to go, only to find it's become a mess of uneven sauce and shifted toppings? It's because the bag is inexplicably vertical. Carry it like this to ensure your items stay perfectly in place.
Want to make extra sure the items stay where they should? Ask the sandwich artist to cut the bread "old cut style." Hopefully, they'll know what you're talking about. Instead of slicing it horizontally, they cut a V-shape into the bread, making a groove the toppings can nestle in.
Getting fresher fries is easy. Order them without salt. Since they always salt the large batches, they'll have to make one just for you. Sure, it's annoying, but lie about having a heart condition to guilt them into it (although they may wonder why you're eating at McDonald's if you have a bad ticker).
Time for dessert. An Apple Pie McFlurry isn't an official menu item, but they have all the ingredients. If for some reason they won't make one for you, it's easy enough to construct yourself. Do it. This is a dessert mashup that will make your mouth water.