The Top Restaurant Chains in America Companies
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The Top Restaurant Chains in America

List Criteria: American restaurants that have multiple locations or franchises

The List of Top Restaurant Chains in America includes famous restaurant chains from throughout the United States. Restaurant chains offer a familiarity through their decor and menu throughout all of their locations. As such, they tend to be most popular in areas where one would find travelers or tourists. From fast food, to drive-thrus, and even some sit down franchises, there are a variety of restaurants on this list, each serving different international cuisines or their own takes on American classics.

The idea of chain restaurants is widely credited to Harland Sanders, more famously known as "Colonel Sanders." By "franchising" out his secret recipe, restaurants that served his food had an advantage as travelers knew what to expect. Today, nearly every cuisine imaginable has a restaurant chain attached to it.

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Limited-Service Restaurants, Coffee, Coffee and Tea Manufacturing

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    Patent Owners and Lessors, Restaurant

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    ranked low on reranks Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast food

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    ranked low on reranks Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Bakery

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    ranked low on reranks Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant

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    ranked low on reranks Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant, Fast Food

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    Checkers Fast Food

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