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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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+ - 1,575 799
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
+ - 1,351 802
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

3
+ - 1,064 804
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

4
+ - 1,202 955
Subway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

5
+ - 1,292 508
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
+ - 935 748
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
+ - 992 722
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

8
+ - 880 988
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

9
+ - 1,117 767
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

10
+ - 831 827
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

11
+ - 1,137 678
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

12
+ - 1,080 500
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

13
+ - 893 690
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

14
+ - 835 703
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

15
+ - 859 679
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
+ - 866 765
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
+ - 838 577
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

18
+ - 908 518
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

19
+ - 862 500
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

20
+ - 800 543
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
+ - 790 542
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

22
+ - 735 487
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
+ - 652 378
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

24
+ - 831 409
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

25
+ - 687 455
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage

26
+ - 669 420
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

27
+ - 640 592
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
+ - 546 405
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

29
+ - 551 505
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
+ - 480 443
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

31
+ - 595 708
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

32
+ - 505 536
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

33
+ - 475 447
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

34
+ - 557 510
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
+ - 383 354
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

36
+ - 507 365
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

37
+ - 449 351
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

38
+ - 260 532
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

39
+ - 292 115
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
+ - 398 425
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing, Fast food

41
+ - 451 572
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

42
+ - 508 473
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

43
+ - 429 460
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

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44
+ - 455 450
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Carl's Jr. Restaurant, Fast food

45
+ - 354 466
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

46
+ - 425 466
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

47
+ - 344 396
Johnny Rockets is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Johnny Rockets Restaurant

48
+ - 357 335
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Hardee's Restaurant, Fast food

49
+ - 230 280
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
+ - 276 322
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Restaurant