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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    most listed Dave Thomas

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    Fred DeLuca

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    Frank Carney, Dan Carney

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    James Disbrow

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    Glen Bell

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    ranked low on reranks Five Guys Burgers and Fries

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Zev Siegl, Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker

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    Cheesecake Factory

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    Richard and Maurice McDonald, Ray Kroc

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    Colonel Sanders

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks James McLamore, David Edgerton

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    ranked low on reranks Chris T. Sullivan

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    Troy Smith

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    ranked low on reranks Steak 'n Shake

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    Joe Rogers

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    Phil Romano

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    Steve Ells

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    Carl Karcher

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    ranked low on reranks Harry Snyder

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Mike Ilitch, Marian Ilitch

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    Robert O. Peterson

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    ranked low on reranks Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits

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    ranked low on reranks William Rosenberg

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    John Schnatter

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    Checkers

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    Ruth's Chris Steakhouse

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