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List Rules 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. His restaurant, KFC, is now one of the largest in the world. Today, nearly every cuisine imaginable has a restaurant chain attached to it.

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Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chick-fil-A Restaurant

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2
+ - 1,380 826
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

3
+ - 1,090 830
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

4
+ - 1,221 985
Subway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

5
+ - 1,328 525
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant, Fast Food

6
+ - 959 761
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Robin Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

7
+ - 1,011 740
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

8
+ - 896 1,013
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

9
+ - 1,143 788
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

10
+ - 845 852
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

11
+ - 1,162 697
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

12
+ - 1,101 515
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

13
+ - 912 709
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

14
+ - 850 720
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

15
+ - 878 690
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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16
+ - 888 782
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Starbucks Coffee and Tea Manufacturing, Coffeehouse, Limited-Service Restaurants

17
+ - 934 528
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

18
+ - 853 594
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

19
+ - 883 515
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

20
+ - 821 560
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
+ - 812 551
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

22
+ - 754 496
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant, Fast Food

23
+ - 669 386
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

24
+ - 849 415
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

25
+ - 703 465
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage

26
+ - 691 425
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

27
+ - 648 607
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Applebee’s International, Inc. Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

28
+ - 557 412
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

29
+ - 562 510
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
P. F. Chang's China Bistro Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 606 719
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

31
+ - 487 459
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

32
+ - 514 545
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

33
+ - 487 455
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

34
+ - 569 523
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Papa John's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

35
+ - 397 358
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

36
+ - 516 371
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

37
+ - 460 358
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

38
+ - 264 541
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

39
+ - 309 123
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Krispy Kreme Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage Stores

40
+ - 407 436
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing, Fast food

41
+ - 464 583
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

42
+ - 518 481
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

43
+ - 432 473
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

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44
+ - 465 458
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Carl's Jr. Restaurant, Fast food

45
+ - 363 476
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

46
+ - 433 475
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

47
+ - 354 402
Johnny Rockets is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Johnny Rockets Restaurant

48
+ - 371 345
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Hardee's Restaurant, Fast food

49
+ - 240 288
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places

50
+ - 284 330
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Restaurant