The Top Restaurant Chains in America Companies
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The Top Restaurant Chains in America

List Criteria: 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. Today, nearly every cuisine imaginable has a restaurant chain attached to it.

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  1. 164
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    30
  2. 154
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    Chevys Fresh Mex

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    31
  3. 76
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    Restaurant More
    40
  4. 40
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    Restaurant More
    51
  5. 36
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    Restaurant More
    53
  6. 37
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    ranked low on reranks
    In-N-Out Burger

    Restaurant More
    52
  7. 2
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    Down 143
    Restaurant, Fast food More
    91
  8. 144
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    Down 26
    Restaurant More
    32
  9. 218
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    Down 21
    Restaurant More
    22
  10. 78
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    Restaurant More
    40
  11. 124
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    Restaurant More
    34
  12. 54
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Uno Chicago Grill

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    46
  13. 146
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    32
  14. 16
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    Texas Roadhouse

    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    67
  15. 151
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    32
  16. 6
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  17. 165
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    29
  18. 194
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  19. 111
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    35
  20. 1
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    most listed
    Wendy's

    Restaurant, Fast food More
    97
  21. 66
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dave & Buster's

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    43
  22. 39
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    Chipotle Mexican Grill

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    52
  23. 46
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Qdoba Mexican Grill

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    49
  24. 213
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    23
  25. 9
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    75
  26. 238
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    Erbert & Gerbert's

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  27. 209
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    Boston Pizza

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    added by: hellodalai
  28. 99
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  29. 32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Little Caesars

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  30. 52
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    47
  31. 63
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  32. 88
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    39
  33. 7
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    ranked low on reranks
    Chick-fil-A

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    80
  34. 90
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    38
  35. 73
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Blimpie

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    41
  36. 219
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    Restaurant More
    22
  37. 176
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    Down 29

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pizza Ranch

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    28
  38. 187
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    27
  39. 21
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    Restaurant, Retail More
    62
  40. 80
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    39
  41. 71
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    Restaurant More
    41
  42. 120
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    ranked low on reranks
    A&W Restaurants

    Restaurant, Fast food More
    34
  43. 135
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    Restaurant, Hotel More
    33
  44. 138
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    Restaurant, Fast food More
    32
  45. 51
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    Restaurant More
    47
  46. 44
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant More
    50
  47. 198
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    25
  48. 105
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  49. 17
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Burger King

    Restaurant, Fast food More
    65
  50. 84
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    39
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