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
2,911 1,373
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
2
2,274 1,390
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
3
2,249 1,021
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
4
1,738 1,394
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
5
1,893 1,693
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
6
1,504 1,303
Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
7
1,594 1,348
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
8
1,454 1,632
KFC is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
9
1,954 1,283
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
10
1,840 887
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
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11
1,845 1,163
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
12
1,371 1,450
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
13
1,396 1,178
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
14
1,435 1,286
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
15
1,448 1,148
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
16
1,409 1,133
Buffalo Wild Wings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
17
1,391 1,011
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
18
1,563 888
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
19
1,433 892
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
20
1,275 885
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
21
1,308 944
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
22
1,304 933
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
23
1,439 693
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
24
1,162 778
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
25
1,112 669
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America