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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  1. 158
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    A&W Restaurants

    Restaurant, Fast food More
    35
  2. 30
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    Down 70

    controversial
    Applebee's

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    66
  3. 9
    Up 113
    Down 75
    Restaurant, Fast food More
    81
  4. 133
    Up 7
    Down 24
    Restaurant, Bakery More
    38
  5. 79
    Up 24
    Down 31
    Restaurant, Bakery More
    50
  6. 45
    Up 47
    Down 44
    Restaurant More
    59
  7. 145
    Up 7
    Down 15
    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    37
  8. 169
    Up 4
    Down 11
    Restaurant More
    35
  9. 106
    Up 22
    Down 25
    Restaurant More
    45
  10. 157
    Up 10
    Down 17

    Baker's Square

    35
  11. 102
    Up 23
    Down 18
    Restaurant More
    46
  12. 95
    Up 21
    Down 21
    Restaurant More
    47
  13. 120
    Up 7
    Down 18
    Restaurant More
    41
  14. 60
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    Down 35
    Restaurant More
    55
  15. 34
    Up 45
    Down 45

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Black Angus Steakhouse

    Restaurant More
    64
  16. 185
    Up 4
    Down 10
    Restaurant, Food More
    33
  17. 80
    Up 18
    Down 35

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blimpie

    Restaurant More
    50
  18. 41
    Up 40
    Down 50

    controversial
    Bob Evans Restaurants

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    60
  19. 163
    Up 11
    Down 19

    Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits

    35
  20. 44
    Up 27
    Down 13
    Restaurant More
    59
  21. 61
    Up 54
    Down 43
    Restaurant More
    55
  22. 111
    Up 8
    Down 17
    Restaurant, Food More
    44
  23. 114
    Up 14
    Down 18
    Restaurant, Bakery More
    43
  24. 121
    Up 17
    Down 24
    Restaurant More
    41
  25. 117
    Up 18
    Down 23
    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    42
  26. 3
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    most listed
    Buffalo Wild Wings

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    91
  27. 24
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    Down 72
    Restaurant, Fast food More
    69
  28. 170
    Up 3
    Down 9

    Burgerville, USA

    35
  29. 105
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    COSI

    45
  30. 104
    Up 21
    Down 28
    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Food and Beverage More
    45
  31. 230
    Up 1
    Down 12

    about to drop off
    California Tortilla

    Restaurant More
    26
  32. 237
    Up 0
    Down 4

    about to drop off
    Capriotti's

    22
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  33. 206
    Up 3
    Down 14
    Restaurant, Fast food More
    30
  34. 155
    Up 4
    Down 11

    Carino’s Italian Grill

    36
  35. 25
    Up 79
    Down 60
    Restaurant, Fast food More
    69
  36. 219
    Up 3
    Down 14
    Restaurant More
    28
  37. 82
    Up 15
    Down 14
    Restaurant More
    49
  38. 123
    Up 12
    Down 22
    Restaurant More
    41
  39. 200
    Up 3
    Down 13

    Champps Americana

    31
  40. 189
    Up 6
    Down 11
    Restaurant More
    33
  41. 112
    Up 7
    Down 19

    Charlie Brown's Steakhouse

    44
  42. 67
    Up 23
    Down 32

    Checkers

    53
  43. 164
    Up 6
    Down 13

    Cheddar's

    35
  44. 146
    Up 5
    Down 18
    Restaurant More
    37
  45. 225
    Up 3
    Down 12

    Cheeseburger in Paradise

    27
  46. 11
    Up 104
    Down 45

    Cheesecake Factory

    77
  47. 140
    Up 18
    Down 19

    ranked low on reranks
    Chevys Fresh Mex

    Restaurant More
    37
  48. 94
    Up 21
    Down 16
    Restaurant More
    48
  49. 7
    Up 146
    Down 79
    Restaurant More
    85
  50. 19
    Up 100
    Down 59
    Restaurant More
    73
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