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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
2,260 1,124
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chick-fil-A Restaurant

2
1,834 1,107
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

3
1,803 765
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
1,414 1,127
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

5
1,551 1,346
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

6
1,242 1,050
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
1,307 1,066
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

8
1,545 1,054
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

9
1,175 1,320
KFC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

10
1,469 706
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tina Tucker added Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

11
1,494 938
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

12
1,106 1,160
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

13
1,098 969
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

14
1,202 928
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

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15
1,155 1,046
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Starbucks Coffee and Tea Manufacturing, Coffeehouse, Limited-Service Restaurants

16
1,131 935
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

17
1,114 816
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

18
1,253 712
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

19
1,157 721
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

20
1,069 749
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

21
1,026 694
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant, Fast Food

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22
1,072 752
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,157 551
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

24
899 519
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

25
921 622
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage

26
911 578
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

27
823 808
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
758 543
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

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29
698 715
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

30
756 920
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

31
711 658
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
644 629
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

33
638 601
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

34
726 709
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Papa John's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

35
552 491
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

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36
631 473
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

37
534 235
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Krispy Kreme Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage Stores

38
683 492
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

39
553 580
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing, Fast food

40
332 700
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

41
611 741
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

42
678 609
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

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43
600 600
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Carl's Jr. Restaurant, Fast food

44
478 660
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

45
517 635
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

46
553 614
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

47
507 487
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Hardee's Restaurant, Fast food

48
449 504
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Boston Market Restaurant

49
408 430
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Restaurant

50
342 395
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