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.

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 lists of the Best Ice Cream and 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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1
2,623 1,258
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,076 1,262
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
2,046 900
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,743 1,528
Subway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,600 1,276
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,373 1,191
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,456 1,237
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,346 1,465
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,768 1,181
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,253 1,309
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

11
1,668 810
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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12
1,683 1,056
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

13
1,255 1,081
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,297 1,182
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,348 1,041
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,288 1,034
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,262 926
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,431 804
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,302 813
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,157 795
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,209 847
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,194 861
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,317 629
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
1,048 711
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,022 599
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

26
1,019 655
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

27
953 896
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

28
675 292
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

29
856 626
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

30
750 698
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

31
862 1,015
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

32
779 812
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

33
722 675
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

34
794 731
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

35
734 543
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

36
631 564
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

37
813 812
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

38
777 545
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

39
379 778
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

40
692 818
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

41
609 669
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

42
759 673
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

43
662 675
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

44
547 747
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

45
619 681
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

46
575 706
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

47
576 557
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

48
504 583
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

49
395 465
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

50
461 494
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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