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
2,753 1,314
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,169 1,315
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
2,141 962
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,819 1,605
Subway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,660 1,339
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,442 1,242
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,519 1,298
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,391 1,548
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,861 1,227
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,749 850
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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11
1,761 1,108
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

12
1,313 1,381
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

13
1,322 1,126
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,366 1,229
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,397 1,092
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,348 1,084
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,331 962
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,495 843
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,363 850
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,214 837
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,254 896
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,262 883
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,372 659
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
1,101 748
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,072 630
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America