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
    Wendy's

    Restaurant, Fast food More
    96
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    87
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    83
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant More
    81
  5. 5
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    80
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    ranked low on reranks
    Chick-fil-A

    Restaurant More
    80
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Arby's

    Restaurant, Fast food More
    78
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    75
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    75
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    Cheesecake Factory

    72
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    Five Guys Burgers and Fries

    70
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    Starbucks

    Limited-Service Restaurants, Coffee, Coffee and Tea Manufacturing More
    68
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    Restaurant More
    68
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    KFC

    Restaurant, Fast food More
    68
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    Texas Roadhouse

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    67
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    Denny's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    67
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    Patent Owners and Lessors, Restaurant More
    65
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    Restaurant More
    63
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    Restaurant, Retail More
    62
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Bakery More
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    Restaurant More
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    Restaurant More
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    61
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    Chili's

    Restaurant More
    60
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    McDonald's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast food More
    59
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    Restaurant More
    58
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    Steak 'n Shake

    58
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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    Restaurant More
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
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    Little Caesars

    Restaurant More
    54
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    P. F. Chang's China Bistro

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    53
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    Waffle House

    Restaurant More
    53
  37. 37
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    ranked low on reranks
    In-N-Out Burger

    Restaurant More
    52
  38. 38
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    ranked low on reranks
    Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits

    51
  39. 39
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    Dunkin' Donuts

    Restaurant, Coffee, Bakery More
    51
  40. 40
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Qdoba Mexican Grill

    Restaurant More
    51
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    Restaurant More
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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    Restaurant More
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    Checkers

    47
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    Restaurant More
    47
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