The Top Restaurant Chains in America Companies

The Top Restaurant Chains in America

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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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List Criteria: American restaurants that have multiple locations or franchises

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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
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  2. 145
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  3. 41
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  4. 117
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  5. 3
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    most listed
    Buffalo Wild Wings

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    91
  6. 109
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    44
  7. 12
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Denny's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    76
  8. 77
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    50
  9. 73
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    51
  10. 110
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    44
  11. 42
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    59
  12. 31
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    66
  13. 233
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    about to drop off
    Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    25
  14. 17
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    73
  15. 71
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    52
  16. 33
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    ranked low on reranks
    Panera Bread

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Bakery More
    65
  17. 5
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant More
    86
  18. 20
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    McDonald's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast food More
    73
  19. 104
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Food and Beverage More
    45
  20. 92
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    Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers, Restaurant More
    48
  21. 85
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    Hospitality, Restaurant More
    49
  22. 14
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    Starbucks

    Limited-Service Restaurants, Coffee, Coffee and Tea Manufacturing More
    75
  23. 16
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    Patent Owners and Lessors, Restaurant More
    74
  24. 51
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    Restaurant More
    57
  25. 45
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  26. 169
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  27. 106
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  29. 95
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  30. 120
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  31. 60
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  32. 80
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blimpie

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    50
  33. 61
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  34. 121
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  35. 219
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  36. 82
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  37. 123
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  38. 189
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  39. 146
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  40. 140
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    Chevys Fresh Mex

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    37
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    85
  42. 19
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    73
  43. 39
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    61
  44. 94
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  45. 135
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    often listed
    CiCi's Pizza

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  46. 63
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  47. 76
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  48. 166
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  49. 52
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  50. 224
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    Damon's Grill

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    27
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