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
2,821 1,336
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,218 1,342
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
1,845 1,640
Subway is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
2,183 989
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,689 1,361
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,469 1,267
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,551 1,321
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,413 1,585
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,902 1,252
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,336 1,411
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

11
1,790 866
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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12
1,796 1,132
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

13
1,358 1,148
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,397 1,253
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,416 1,120
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,377 1,106
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,359 985
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,525 862
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,389 872
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,245 858
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,279 921
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,285 905
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,399 680
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
1,128 761
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,090 654
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America