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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    Chevys Fresh Mex

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    37
  2. 73
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    51
  3. 3
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    most listed
    Buffalo Wild Wings

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    91
  4. 196
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    32
  5. 110
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    44
  6. 122
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    Moe's Southwest Grill

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    41
  7. 43
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    Restaurant More
    59
  8. 39
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    Restaurant More
    61
  9. 48
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    Restaurant More
    58
  10. 50
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    Restaurant More
    57
  11. 44
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    59
  12. 24
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    69
  13. 2
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    92
  14. 222
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    about to drop off
    L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

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    27
  15. 109
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    44
  16. 27
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    67
  17. 230
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    California Tortilla

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    26
  18. 29
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    Restaurant More
    67
  19. 232
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    Restaurant More
    25
  20. 233
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    about to drop off
    Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    25
  21. 71
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    52
  22. 169
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    Restaurant More
    35
  23. 37
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    63
  24. 160
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    35
  25. 105
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    COSI

    45
  26. 171
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    34
  27. 130
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    40
  28. 1
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  29. 36
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  30. 228
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    26
  31. 38
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    Restaurant, Coffee, Bakery More
    61
  32. 107
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    Restaurant, Hotel More
    45
  33. 64
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    54
  34. 8
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    83
  35. 98
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    46
  36. 81
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    49
  37. 7
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  38. 77
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    50
  39. 80
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    Blimpie

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    50
  40. 96
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    47
  41. 6
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  42. 56
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    Restaurant, Food More
    56
  43. 149
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  44. 58
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    Logan's Roadhouse

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    55
  45. 21
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
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  46. 89
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    49
  47. 208
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    30
  48. 59
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  49. 148
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  50. 17
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    73
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