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

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

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

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+ - 1,271 502
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant, Fast Food

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+ - 925 737
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

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+ - 977 710
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

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+ - 867 970
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 1,092 756
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 821 811
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

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Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

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The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

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+ - 875 682
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 823 694
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

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+ - 852 668
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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Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Starbucks Coffee and Tea Manufacturing, Coffeehouse, Limited-Service Restaurants

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+ - 827 566
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

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+ - 893 511
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

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+ - 792 533
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

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Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

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

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

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

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

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

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+ - 657 415
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

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+ - 629 584
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

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+ - 541 397
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

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+ - 545 497
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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T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

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Denny's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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

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+ - 466 445
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

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+ - 551 501
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

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+ - 378 351
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 500 362
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

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+ - 442 346
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

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+ - 258 527
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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+ - 282 111
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Krispy Kreme Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage Stores

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+ - 393 419
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing, Fast food

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+ - 448 562
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

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+ - 499 467
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

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+ - 425 453
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

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

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+ - 348 460
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

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+ - 418 463
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

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+ - 339 391
Johnny Rockets is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Johnny Rockets Restaurant

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+ - 349 333
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Hardee's Restaurant, Fast food

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+ - 225 276
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

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+ - 274 317
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Restaurant