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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
2,213 1,099
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chick-fil-A Restaurant

2
1,793 1,083
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

3
1,388 1,099
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

4
1,766 743
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Five Guys Burgers and Fries Restaurant, Fast Food

5
1,526 1,314
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

6
1,287 1,032
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

7
1,219 1,027
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Robin Restaurant, Fast casual restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

8
1,516 1,028
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

9
1,144 1,298
KFC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

10
1,437 687
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tina Tucker added Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

11
1,465 917
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

12
1,080 1,137
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

13
1,077 942
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

14
1,175 910
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

Famous Schizophrenics

15
1,112 915
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

16
1,126 1,022
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
1,097 791
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

18
1,229 692
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

19
1,136 700
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

20
1,050 722
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

21
996 679
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
1,044 741
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,124 542
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

24
876 505
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

25
893 559
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

26
896 609
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage

27
806 788
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
747 525
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
682 702
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

30
742 898
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

31
695 644
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
626 614
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
620 586
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

34
712 692
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
537 477
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
510 221
Krispy Kreme is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Krispy Kreme Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage Stores

37
611 460
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

38
668 477
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

39
542 563
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing, Fast food

40
322 682
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

41
594 726
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

42
663 591
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

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43
464 640
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

44
582 586
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Carl's Jr. Restaurant, Fast food

45
510 612
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

46
540 598
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

47
488 474
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Hardee's Restaurant, Fast food

48
438 492
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Boston Market Restaurant

49
392 418
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Restaurant

50
332 385
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