Chain Restaurants The Top Restaurant Chains in America  

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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
2,720 1,299
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,145 1,300
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
2,119 941
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,801 1,581
Subway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,642 1,318
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,419 1,228
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,500 1,277
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,383 1,514
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,837 1,210
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,297 1,354
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

11
1,728 836
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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12
1,738 1,090
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

13
1,306 1,107
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,347 1,210
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,380 1,077
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,327 1,068
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,310 950
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,479 828
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,343 836
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,201 818
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,236 880
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,245 870
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,355 646
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
1,086 736
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,059 617
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America