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List Rules Fast casual or "fresh" casual dining restaurant chains.

What are the best fast casual restaurants in the country? Fast casual, or fresh casual dining includes restaurants that offer the best, freshest ingredients available in a fast-food kind of setting, with quick service. Need a healthy burrito made with free range chicken? That's fast casual. The idea is that yes, this is food made fast, but it's not typically as unhealthy as traditional fast food. What's the most tasty fast casual restaurant around? That's up to you to decide, with your votes. Be sure to add your favorite fresh casual restaurants that aren't listed, too!

In an economy that's struggled in recent years, fast casual restaurants have managed to prosper (in most cases). The demand for fresher, higher quality, healthier fast food options no doubt has driven consumers to seek out fast casual dining, whether it's Mexican, deli-style, bakeries, burgers or even pizza joints.

Some of the most popular fast casual restaurants are big chains, including Chipotle, Panera Bread, Zaxby's and Panda Express. Each of these fast casual chains represents a different kind of food option, but each has done extremely well. One thing all of these places has in common with fast food restaurants: There is no full table service. It's quick, it's simple and it's tremendously popular among foodies who don't want to eat at regular fast food chains or more traditional family restaurant chains, either.

Again, be sure to vote for the restaurants that you think are truly the best fast casual eateries around, vote down any you don't like -- and add any that are missing. 

What are fast casual restaurants? This list will take a look at the best ones and it's up to you to rank them

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Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants

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Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Five Guys Restaurant

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Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant, Food Manufacturing

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Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Boston Market Restaurant

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Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

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Schlotzsky's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Schlotzsky's Restaurant, Bakery

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Qdoba Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Qdoba Mexican Grill Restaurant

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Noodles & Company is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Noodles & Company Restaurant

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Firehouse Subs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Firehouse Subs Restaurant

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Einstein Bros. Bagels is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Einstein Bros. Bagels Restaurant, Bakery

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Moe's Southwest Grill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants

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Smashburger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Smashburger

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Nathan's Famous is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Nathan's Famous Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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Shake Shack is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Shake Shack Restaurant

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Panera Bread is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Panera Bread

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Baja Fresh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Baja Fresh Restaurant

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Cosi, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Cosi, Inc. Eating and Drinking Places

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Quiznos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Quiznos Restaurant, Fast food restaurant

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Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Jimmy John's Restaurant

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Fazoli's is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Fazoli's Restaurant

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El Pollo Loco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
El Pollo Loco Restaurant, Fast food

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Jersey Mike's Subs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Jersey Mike's Subs Restaurant

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Penn Station is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Penn Station Restaurant, Food Manufacturing

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Corner Bakery Cafe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Corner Bakery Cafe Restaurant, Bakery

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Sweet Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Sweet Tomatoes

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Au Bon Pain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Au Bon Pain Restaurant, Bakery

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Pink's Hot Dogs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Pink's Hot Dogs Restaurant

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Chuy's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants

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Meatheads Burgers and Fries is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Meatheads Burgers and Fries Restaurant - www.MeatheadsBurgers.com

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Rubios Seafood Grill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Rubios Seafood Grill

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Saladworks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Saladworks Restaurant

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Wildflower Bread Company is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Wildflower Bread Company

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Zo√ęs Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants

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100 Montaditos is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
100 Montaditos Restaurant

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Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill

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Pizzaroni Subs and Grill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Pizzaroni Subs and Grill