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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
1,711 866
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chick-fil-A Restaurant

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2
1,446 866
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

3
1,389 551
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant, Fast Food

4
1,124 873
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

5
1,265 1,032
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

6
1,004 788
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Robin Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

7
1,058 778
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

8
1,198 819
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

9
932 1,045
KFC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

10
1,200 733
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

11
880 885
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

12
1,150 542
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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13
951 736
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

14
888 746
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

15
912 721
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

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16
923 814
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
890 616
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

18
917 533
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

19
973 549
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

20
845 565
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

21
790 518
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant, Fast Food

22
854 590
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
881 436
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

24
702 402
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

25
732 485
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage

26
718 441
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

27
669 636
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
588 434
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

29
516 476
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

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30
631 742
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

31
582 528
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
535 571
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

33
591 546
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Papa John's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

34
509 473
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

35
417 375
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

36
432 445
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing, Fast food

37
535 385
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

38
480 373
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

39
339 133
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Krispy Kreme Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage Stores

40
487 601
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

41
539 492
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

42
269 564
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

43
378 497
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

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44
483 473
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Carl's Jr. Restaurant, Fast food

45
438 492
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

46
447 489
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

47
389 359
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Hardee's Restaurant, Fast food

48
357 400
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Boston Market Restaurant

49
370 416
Johnny Rockets is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Johnny Rockets Restaurant

50
256 302
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