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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
2,228 1,104
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chick-fil-A Restaurant

2
1,804 1,089
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

3
1,394 1,107
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

4
1,772 751
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant, Fast Food

5
1,534 1,320
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

6
1,292 1,042
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

7
1,225 1,032
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Robin Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

8
1,524 1,034
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

9
1,151 1,304
KFC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

10
1,442 691
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tina Tucker added Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

11
1,474 920
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

12
1,086 1,143
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

13
1,081 948
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

14
1,181 914
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

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15
1,117 921
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

16
1,131 1,029
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
1,098 798
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

18
1,232 697
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

19
1,139 708
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

20
1,053 729
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

21
1,004 681
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant, Fast Food

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22
1,052 743
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,134 543
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

24
879 508
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

25
899 562
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

26
903 610
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage

27
810 792
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
750 528
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

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29
686 706
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

30
746 904
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

31
697 648
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
P. F. Chang's China Bistro Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

32
628 618
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

33
624 589
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

34
715 696
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
538 482
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

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36
514 223
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Krispy Kreme Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage Stores

37
615 463
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

38
670 480
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

39
544 567
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing, Fast food

40
323 687
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

41
598 729
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

42
667 593
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

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43
468 644
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

44
589 587
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Carl's Jr. Restaurant, Fast food

45
512 617
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

46
545 602
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

47
493 476
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Hardee's Restaurant, Fast food

48
439 496
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Boston Market Restaurant

49
396 419
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Restaurant

50
334 388
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places