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
2,831 1,341
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,225 1,347
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
2,193 992
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,851 1,649
Subway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,698 1,361
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,475 1,270
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,558 1,323
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,421 1,591
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,910 1,256
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,799 869
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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11
1,803 1,135
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

12
1,342 1,417
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

13
1,365 1,152
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,404 1,257
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,422 1,122
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,384 1,108
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,363 988
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,529 866
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,393 875
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,250 862
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,291 905
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,282 924
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,407 681
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
1,134 762
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,095 655
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America