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
2,614 1,257
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,071 1,260
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
2,041 898
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,742 1,524
Subway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,598 1,275
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,370 1,190
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,453 1,236
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,343 1,464
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,765 1,180
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,663 809
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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11
1,679 1,055
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

12
1,249 1,309
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

13
1,252 1,080
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,294 1,182
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,347 1,039
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,284 1,032
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,261 924
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,429 803
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,300 811
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,154 794
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,193 860
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,205 847
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,313 629
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
1,047 709
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,020 597
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

26
1,017 653
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

27
950 894
Applebee’s International, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

28
671 292
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

29
855 624
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

30
748 696
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

31
779 809
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

32
859 1,014
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

33
722 672
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

34
793 729
P. F. Chang's China Bistro is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

35
730 542
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

36
629 563
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

37
813 810
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

38
776 543
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

39
377 777
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

40
690 818
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

41
609 667
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

42
757 672
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

43
660 675
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

44
546 746
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

45
617 680
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

46
575 704
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

47
574 557
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

48
503 581
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

49
393 464
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

50
460 493
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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