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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.

Vote up your favorite chain restaurants below, or vote down those you'll never go back to again. Looking for more of a sweet treat? Check out this list of the Best Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Chains. Cook up some mediocre Italian food at home using this list of Olive Garden recipes, and take a look at other delicious lists like, the Best Japanese Foods and the Best Brain Foods.
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Buffalo Wild Wings


Dairy Queen

Olive Garden

Pizza Hut

Red Robin


Taco Bell


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<![CDATA[Fashion Industry Dream Companies Everyone Wants to Work For]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/dream-jobs-in-fashion/fashionbaby
Getting ahead in any field can be hard, but it is especially difficult in the fashion industry. You might start off interning with some eccentric diva or powerful design mogul, but where do you go from there? Knowing when to take risks, when to speak up, and how to share your ideas can really pay off, but one misstep can get you canned. Welcome to the bottom rung of the corporate (albeit glamorous) ladder! Hopefully, you won't be here long!
Use this list to help guide you. These are companies that are great places to work and offer dream fashion jobs, especially for up-and-coming stylists, designers, personal shoppers... you name it! If you're looking for tips on how to make it in fashion, remember to know your brand, have a good social media presence, and be pleasant. It goes a long way. Also, getting a mentor is always a great idea.   

Cast your votes below for the companies in the fashion industry you'd most like to work for, the companies that offer absolute dream fashion jobs.


Ralph Lauren Corporation

Alexander Wang



VOGUE Magazine

Elle Magazine


Barney's New York


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<![CDATA[Clothing Brands That Last Forever]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/quality-clothing-brands/werner-brandes
Listen up: it's time to get serious about your wardrobe and you need to invest in quality clothing brands that last. After all, who wants to spend money on clothes that won't last? We know that $20 tank you got on sale was your summer staple, but let's be real: you wore it for three months straight and now the fit is all wonky, the cotton is now piling, and there are mysterious holes everywhere. All things considered, it's pretty much guaranteed that your favorite clothes will have some wear and tear; after all, you're adventurous, why shouldn't your clothes reflect that? That being said, there are some good clothing brands that are a step above the rest when it comes to quality, and not all of these high-quality clothing brands have to break the bank!

Zara, for instance, is great for affordable, stylish, options and their quality is considered universally great considering their reasonable prices. Got some money to burn? Consider some of the pricey high quality clothing brands that we've listed; while their initial prices might make you do a double-take, their high quality guarantees that you're making a long-term investment that will most definitely pay off over time. Plus who doesn't love having a go-to coat or pair of jeans that just get better with age?

The best part about some of these brands? While we can say that all of the top quality brands we've listed are sure to last you a few years, some of the brands such as Patagonia and L.L. Bean, offer a lifetime guarantee warranty. You read that right, the clothing is so high quality it will last you for life (with some even offering a lifetime return policy, no matter the damage). So get ready people, these high quality brands will have you charging up that credit card in no time. On your mark, get set, SHOP!


Brooks Brothers
The oldest men's clothier chain in the USA will keep you looking professional always with their immaculate suits and button downs.

Nothing is cooler than a pair of Chucks and nothing is better than wearing them in.

JanSport's lifetime warranty will almost make you want to hit the books all over again.

Perfect for your inner prep, J. Crew offers solid basics with a twist.

Levi Strauss & Co.
Everybody needs a pair of favorite jeans, and no one does it better than Levi's.

Perfect for the outdoors, this classic company offers lifetime warranties for their products.

Ralph Lauren Corporation
Whether it's at the country club or at the nightclub, any polo from Ralph Lauren will elevate your game.

The North Face
While the prices are steep, you'll be rocking any of their down jackets for life.

Lands' End
While their style may be all-American, their lifetime warranty is all amazing.

Patagonia, Inc.
You'll never be alone in the woods again with Patagonia's lifetime warranty.

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<![CDATA[The Best Affordable Alcohol Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/cheap-liquor-brands/werner-brandes
Whether you're living it up in college, trudging through the post-grad struggle, or trying to maintain a budget like the responsible adult you pretend to be, there's one thing we can all agree on: alcohol is a hefty expense. While it's disturbingly easy to blow through half of your rent money on bar-hopping in the span of a single weekend, it's also easy to get wasted without feeling like you've wasted money. As college parties have taught us, it's a well-known (albeit, unfortunate) fact that the cheaper the booze, the worse the taste (hello, Popov!). However, we've done some sleuthing (and by sleuthing, we mean, drinking) and have found cheap alcohol brands that won't make you feel like you're drinking gasoline.

All of the bottles on this list are twenty five dollars and under (most of the liquor brands listed are for 750 ml bottles, just an FYI), and are good quality, despite their low prices. So pour some shots, make a mixed drink, or sip on some of these these cheap, quality alcohol brands. This list of cheap booze guarantees that just because you plan on breaking some rules (responsibly, of course), doesn't mean you have to break the bank.


Dolin Dry Vermouth

El Dorado 3-Year Old Cask Aged Rum

Milagro Silver Tequila

Seagrams 7 Whiskey

Bacardi Rum

Evan Williams Black Label

Luksusowa Vodka

Beefeater London Dry Gin

Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth

Mathilde Liqueurs

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<![CDATA[Businesses That Cover Transgender Healthcare Services]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/transgender-friendly-companies/business-and-company-info
Guys, it's about time major companies that are worth, I don't know, say... BILLIONS of dollars, finally start providing health care to their transgender employees, something beyond your basic, non-discriminatory protections. Well, this list contains companies doing just that-- providing transgender resources-- so if I were you, I'd save up all your pennies and spend them at these businesses since they seem to have the right idea. Human Rights Watch keeps tabs on the equality practices of all businesses and assigns them a score, called the Corporate Equality Index. All of the businesses listed here have a perfect, 100% CEI score. 
Transgender people were born with male or female sex organs that do not match their inner sense of gender. Up until recently, many companies denied health coverage to transgender folks, even if the medically-needed attention was not even regarding their sexy bits. Finally, that is changing! Transgender and genderfluid celebrities are calling attention to this group of people and their unique position. Many people would say that transgender rights are the next frontier of human rights, so educate yourself!


American Airlines

Bank of America Corporation


Gap Inc.


Kellogg Co.


PepsiCo Inc.

JPMorgan Chase

General Motors Co.

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<![CDATA[The Most Impressive Brand Comebacks]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-brand-comebacks/devon-ashby
Even a great brand occasionally falters, especially in this precarious age of the Internet. Occasionally, however, when a popular brand falls, it's able to pick itself back up again. What are some of the most impressive brand revivals of all time? Companies like Apple, believe it or not, were once the butt of jokes for their perceived inability to keep up with competitors, and let's try not to dwell too much on the mercifully brief Hostess Twinkie downfall of 2012.

Below are some examples of stellar brand revivals. Vote for the companies that you think have the most impressive brand revival stories. 

Apple premiered in the '80s as one of a few key home computer systems poised to dominate the market. Their original, rainbow-colored Macintosh logo graced the monitors of computer screens all over the U.S., in offices, in schools, and in homes.

During the first half of the '90s, however, with the gradual rise of the Internet, personal computing took on a whole new dimension – and thanks to some clever maneuvering, Windows was able to establish itself as the OS of choice for most PC users. Mac systems were suddenly slapped with the crippling stigma of being just a subpar, lagging-behind competitor for people too backwards to upgrade (though still better than those eggheaded, "open source" Linux weirdos).

Fortunately for Apple, all that changed in 1997 when dismissed co-founder Steve Jobs returned to the company and became CEO, shifting Apple's focus from personal computing to mobile devices. Today, thanks to the popularity of smart phones and digital notebooks like the iPad, Apple is one of the most profitable corporations, and most visible brands, of all-time.
Though the classic Cadillac insignia was uncritically accepted as a sign of quality for decades, it became plagued during the end of the '90s with an identity inhospitable to younger buyers. Its luxury status faded as well, supplanted by Mercedes and other, more upscale vehicles.

More recently, however, Cadillac has premiered a line of luxury cars, including the extremely popular XTS, and the luxury hybrid ELR coupe, which has helped reestablish Cadillac as a brand for the young and hip. In the face of Lincoln's announced discontinuation of its legendary Town Car, Cadillac appears poised for a takeover and has already begun to replace the Town Car in many luxury transport markets.
Dr. Martens
Dr. Martens started off as a run-of-the-mill line of practical work boots in the UK. They rose to prominence during the 1970s as an iconic favorite of the British Punk movement, surviving all the way into the '90s grunge era as an ensconced facet of pop rebellious fashion iconography.

Falling out of favor during the second half of the 1990s, as grunge was eclipsed by pre-millennial Gen Y's signature space age and hip-hop aesthetic, Doc Martens was forced to scale back production and moved its base of operations from the UK to China in order to save cash.

Fortunately for the company, retro '90s fashion is once again taking over the fashion world, and teenagers, now more than ever, are falling over each other to get a pair of Docs in their wardrobe, and the boots are available in more colors and styles now than ever before.
Hostess Brands
Teenage stoners everywhere were horrified in 2012 by the announcement that, due to declining sales, 7-11 pastry standby Hostess would discontinue production and distribution of its most popular products in North America. This included snack items such as Twinkies, Zingers, Sno Ball Cupcakes, Suzie Q's, Chocodiles... the tragedy was almost too massive to even begin contemplating.

Fortunately for all of us, the cruel Gods of our forefathers took pity on us in 2013, and the company changed its mind, relaunching North American distribution of all of its ambrosia-like, creme-filled pastry products. Sometimes we still lay awake at night, trembling in fear, obsessively replaying those eight months of darkness and hopelessness in our minds and praying we never have to experience anything like it ever again.
It may shock you to learn that the Keds brand has existed for over 100 years. The company's simple canvas sneakers reached the height of their iconic popularity during the '70s and '80s, with their ProKeds line dominating the market.

Keds lost some traction (no pun intended) during the '90s, as their sales slumped and the desirability of the brand faltered. During the 2000s, however, this trend backflipped thanks to some creative marketing. The brand reached out to designers to create some more distinctive and various styles, and an online presence even made the shoes fully customizable. Not bad for a $20 pair of canvas sneaks.
A perennial favorite of pint-size future engineers, and regular kids obsessed with building a full-size rocket ship in their living room – Lego is the most cherished and enduring line of simple building toys for kids, alongside even older-school classics like Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs.

Though it's hard to imagine a Western childhood without Legos, believe it or not, the brand experienced a major decline during the early 2000s that launched its corporate headquarters into a panic.

Lego bounced back by partnering creatively with entertainment companies, licensing tie-ins with Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Toy Story, among others (and of course, let's not forget about The Lego Movie).
Marvel Entertainment
In print since the 1930s, Marvel was one of the original megaliths of the early Superhero comic book craze. As comics sales declined generally during the '70s and '80s, however, Marvel lost steam and was even forced to file for bankruptcy during the 1990s.

Marvel got a bit of a second wind during the late '90s as comic book collecting became an adult fad, but their real revival came as the result of a partnership with Toy Biz and a subsequent string of successful film franchises, including the X-Men and Spiderman movies.
Nintendo started off in the video game business during the 1970s with the popular arcade games Super Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong. Transitioning into home gaming systems during the 1980s and launching the extremely successful handheld platform, GameBoy, in 1989, Nintendo was indisputably the most important brand in gaming.

The company took a blow in the 1990s with the release of the Sony Playstation 2, which temporarily reduced Nintendo's visibility. Starting in the 2000s, however, Nintendo's release of the Wii has restored their respectability somewhat – although they're still locked into an ongoing battle for fan loyalty with Sony and XBox.
Volkswagen Group
Sweeping the market during the radical '70s as the car of socially aware, ecologically conscious college students, Sweden's tiny, beetle-shaped Volkswagon Bug became a ubiquitous presence on American roadways. The car's distinctive appearance, however, made it uniquely vulnerable to the vagaries of automotive aesthetics, and the cars quickly became passe. Nerdy, even.

In the late '90s, VW launched an updated take on its classic, voluptuously round body design, and the new VWs sold surprisingly well to hoards of youthful innocents obsessed with repackaged Summer of Love hippie paraphernalia. We're still waiting on a similar reissue of the VW Bus.
Old Spice
A popular standby in men's fragrance for several decades, Old Spice's intense, woodsy odor began to seem antiquated and harsh to the strapping youth of the '80s and '90s. The brand's sales declined as it increasingly suffered an unwanted association with older, squarer gentlemen of a bygone era.

In the '90s, the brand was sold to Proctor & Gamble, who gave it a rebranding makeover. An expansion of the product line into shower gels, shampoos, and other manly grooming accoutrements combined with a jokey, self-effacing advertising campaign helped the brand regain its former glory with young dudebros everywhere.

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<![CDATA[The Top Laptop Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-laptop-brands
The top laptop brands for consumers and business are here on this list of the best laptop brands. Whether you are searching for a laptop for business or a personal laptop, these are the best laptops on the market.

Some people think that laptops with the most battery life are the top laptops. Others think that the laptop brand with the lightest computers should be called the best laptop brand. Still others look to find the best laptop for the money, and go with that laptop brand because it has the most bang for the buck.

What are the top laptop brands? What is the best laptop brand? Is one laptop brand better than others? These are some of the questions laptop users like you are voting on with this list of the greatest laptop brands. Make sure to vote for your favorite laptop brands so other consumers who are shopping for laptops can see what you think is the best laptop brand. We all have different opinions, so hopefully this list of the top laptop brands will sort of the best laptops to buy from the worst laptops to purchase.

Once you've picked your favorite laptop brand, check out the best sites for laptop shopping to pick out your new laptop. Or, if you feel like doing some more research on where to buy a laptop, check out some consumer electronics companies before you decide.

Acer Inc.






Samsung Electronics

Sony Corporation



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<![CDATA[The Best Computer Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/top-computer-brands
The best computer brands are the ones that provide the user the best computer experience in terms of price, reliability, and durability. Encompassing what you would expect from the best laptop brands, the greatest computer brands provide the best user experience with maximum functionality to become what users would refer to as the top computer brand.

What specs do the best computers have? If you're a MAC person, chances are you'll say an apple on the box. For other users, choosing the right computer comes down to a combination of picking the computer with the most memory, the computer with the best warranty, the computer that lasts the longest, the computer that's easiest to use, and of course, the best value computers. Many factors go into choosing the best computer brands and this top computer brands list is here to help shape your decision when purchasing a new machine.

What is the best computer brand? What company makes the best computers? Which computers are the best value? This list of the best computer brands should be a good start at pointing you in the right direction when looking at computer brands online or in stores. If your favorite computer brand isn't on the list, make sure to add it so others have your insight when shopping for their new computer.

If you're in the market to buy a computer now, check out the best laptop shopping websites which also have some great deals on work and home computers.





Intel Corporation


Samsung Electronics

Sony Corporation



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<![CDATA[The Best School Supply Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/school-supplies/werner-brandes

It's that time of year again! Time to stock up on school supplies & school accessories and head back to school. That hellishly depressing (or glorious, depending on whether or not you own any small children) period when the youngest, most naïve humans in our society are rounded up and forced brutishly into exile inside huge prison-like edifices where they are forced, for hours upon hours each day, to learn math.

On the brighter side of things, this is usually a pretty good time to go drop some cash on a swaggy new backpack and some art supplies, which you (or your children) will then use to painstakingly cling to sanity during the coming months of darkness. But what are the most popular brands of school supplies? Which school supplies are the best? Look at all the different types of adhesives! That backpack has kittens on it!


Elmer's Products, Inc.










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<![CDATA[The Best Eco-Friendly Brands]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/best-eco-friendly-brands/werner-brandes
With climate change on the rise, droughts and extreme weather becoming all the more common, and signs of environmental degradation all around us, it is more important than ever to make smart, eco-friendly choices with your shopping dollars and the products you buy. Companies all over the world are creating high quality green products, and choosing to run their business in environmentally savvy ways as well. Which are the best eco-friendly brands on the market?

Companies like IKEA and New Belgium are greening their production methods, while others, like Seventh Generation, offer consumers eco-friendly cleaning products and items that have a minimal impact on the natural world. It's incredibly important to recycle and reuse as much as possible, but putting your shopping dollars towards eco brands like those on this list makes a huge difference too.

The brands on this list are also proving that producing green products in green ways doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality. Vote up the best environmentally friendly brands below, and then vote with your dollar next time you're at the store!

Amy's Kitchen
Easy, delicious, vegetarian meals made with natural and organic ingredients
Annie's Homegrown
Organic snacks, pastas, and meals to die for. Try the Cheddar Bunnies!
Ben & Jerry's
The best ice cream around supports GMO labeling, fair trade, and sustainable dairy.
Tesla Motors
Electric cars that reduce dependence on oil.
Whole Foods Market
A national grocery chain that keeps sustainability at the forefront of their business.
Patagonia, Inc.
This outdoor brand gives 1% of all sales to environmental groups and will recycle your old stuff for you!
Applegate Farms
Delicious meat products that you don't have to wonder about.
Dr. Bronner's
These "magic" soaps are all about social and environmental responsibility, as well as offering light reading for the shower.
Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day
Delicious smelling soaps made with ingredients you don't have to worry about.
Shoes made with vegan and sustainable materials.

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