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Cramer's top restaurant stock is just heating up

While Jim Cramer is staying away from the battleground oil stocks, he is all over the restaurant stocks like white on rice.

Restaurants are one of the biggest beneficiaries to cheaper oil prices, as the extra disposable income in consumer pockets is spent predominantly on activities like eating out.

This was evidenced by the wealth of positive earnings reports released recently from companies such as Denny's, Bloomin' Brands and even the long-time dog Potbelly.

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"I'm not saying Potbelly is a buy—far from it—but man, talk about a rising tide lifting all ships, even dinghies with holes in them," said the "Mad Money" host.

However, Cramer's No. 1 favorite restaurant stock is Jack in the Box. This company owns both the Jack in the Box burger chain and Qdoba Mexican Grill. The stock keeps climbing higher and higher, as Cramer described it as the "penthouse of stocks." The company is chock-full of initiatives, it doesn't need to rely on the cheap price of gasoline.

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Ultimately when a trend is happening in the market, don't fight it—just go with it. Restaurant stocks are rolling in the dough due to a stronger consumer and cheap gasoline, and Cramer is betting on JACK as the winner.

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