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
2,672 1,273
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

2
2,107 1,275
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

3
2,082 916
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

4
1,775 1,547
Subway is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

5
1,618 1,298
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

6
1,395 1,209
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

7
1,477 1,256
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

8
1,364 1,485
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

9
1,796 1,194
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

10
1,704 818
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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11
1,273 1,330
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

12
1,708 1,074
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

13
1,281 1,091
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

14
1,322 1,193
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

15
1,362 1,056
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

16
1,303 1,052
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

17
1,286 939
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

18
1,452 817
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

19
1,324 823
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

20
1,172 809
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

21
1,210 868
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

22
1,226 856
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
1,333 634
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

24
1,067 720
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

25
1,040 606
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America