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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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+ - 1,585 804
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
+ - 1,355 806
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

3
+ - 1,068 806
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

4
+ - 1,206 961
Subway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

5
+ - 1,300 510
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
+ - 941 749
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
+ - 996 728
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

8
+ - 882 992
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

9
+ - 1,120 771
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

10
+ - 834 830
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

11
+ - 1,140 681
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

12
+ - 1,085 502
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

13
+ - 894 694
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

14
+ - 837 707
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

15
+ - 861 681
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
+ - 869 766
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
+ - 840 581
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

18
+ - 914 519
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

19
+ - 865 504
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

20
+ - 802 547
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
+ - 792 545
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

22
+ - 738 489
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
+ - 654 379
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

24
+ - 833 410
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

25
+ - 689 455
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage

26
+ - 672 420
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

27
+ - 640 594
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
+ - 547 406
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

29
+ - 553 505
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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30
+ - 597 708
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

31
+ - 480 445
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
+ - 509 536
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

33
+ - 476 449
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

34
+ - 560 512
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
+ - 383 355
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

36
+ - 509 366
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

37
+ - 451 353
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

38
+ - 262 533
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

39
+ - 294 115
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
+ - 400 425
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing, Fast food

41
+ - 453 573
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

42
+ - 509 474
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

43
+ - 430 461
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

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44
+ - 456 450
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Carl's Jr. Restaurant, Fast food

45
+ - 356 466
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

46
+ - 426 466
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

47
+ - 344 397
Johnny Rockets is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Johnny Rockets Restaurant

48
+ - 358 335
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Hardee's Restaurant, Fast food

49
+ - 230 281
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
+ - 276 324
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Restaurant