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
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant More
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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    ranked low on reranks
    Chick-fil-A

    Restaurant More
    80
  8. 8
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Arby's

    Restaurant, Fast food More
    79
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    75
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    Starbucks

    Limited-Service Restaurants, Coffee, Coffee and Tea Manufacturing More
    74
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    Cheesecake Factory

    Restaurant More
    72
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    Five Guys Burgers and Fries

    Restaurant, Fast Food More
    71
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    Restaurant More
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    KFC

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    68
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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    Texas Roadhouse

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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    Burger King

    Restaurant, Fast food More
    65
  18. 18
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    IHOP

    Patent Owners and Lessors, Restaurant More
    65
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    McDonald's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast food More
    65
  20. 20
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    Restaurant More
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    Restaurant, Retail More
    62
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Bakery More
    62
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    Restaurant More
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    Jimmy John's

    Restaurant More
    61
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    Restaurant More
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    Steak 'n Shake

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    Restaurant More
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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    Little Caesars

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    54
  34. 34
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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    Bob Evans Restaurants

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    54
  36. 36
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    Waffle House

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  37. 37
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    ranked low on reranks
    In-N-Out Burger

    Restaurant More
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    Chipotle Mexican Grill

    Restaurant More
    52
  39. 39
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    Restaurant More
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  40. 40
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    Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits

    Restaurant, Fast Food More
    51
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    Restaurant, Coffee, Bakery More
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Qdoba Mexican Grill

    Restaurant More
    49
  47. 47
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    Restaurant More
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  49. 49
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    Checkers

    Fast Food More
    48
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    Restaurant More
    47
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