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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
1,805 911
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chick-fil-A Restaurant

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2
1,509 904
Wendy's is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Wendy's Restaurant, Fast food

3
1,457 579
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
1,174 912
Dairy Queen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dairy Queen Restaurant, Fast food

5
1,314 1,077
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Subway Restaurant, Fast food

6
1,043 828
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
1,102 816
IHOP is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
IHOP Restaurant, Patent Owners and Lessors

8
1,251 862
Taco Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Taco Bell Restaurant, Fast food

9
969 1,090
KFC is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
KFC Restaurant, Fast food

10
1,244 762
Olive Garden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Olive Garden Restaurant

11
918 926
Burger King is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Burger King Restaurant

12
1,197 563
The Cheesecake Factory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tina Tucker added Cheesecake Factory Restaurant

13
919 777
Red Lobster is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Red Lobster Restaurant

14
985 770
Arby's is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Arby's Restaurant, Fast food

15
967 839
Starbucks is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Starbucks Coffee and Tea Manufacturing, Coffeehouse, Limited-Service Restaurants

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16
941 756
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
923 647
Chili's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Chili's Restaurant

18
953 556
Outback Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Outback Steakhouse Restaurant

19
1,011 574
Cracker Barrel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cracker Barrel Restaurant, Retail

20
879 590
Sonic Drive-In is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Sonic Drive-In Restaurant

21
816 549
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Popeye's Chicken & Biscuits Restaurant, Fast Food

22
885 618
Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America

23
743 417
Cold Stone Creamery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cold Stone Creamery Restaurant

24
922 453
In-N-Out Burger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
In-N-Out Burger Restaurant

25
767 507
Dunkin' Donuts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Dunkin' Donuts Restaurant, Bakery, Food and Beverage

26
752 459
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Steak 'n Shake Restaurant

27
690 663
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
616 452
Auntie Anne's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Auntie Anne's Restaurant

29
537 498
T.G.I. Friday's is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
T.G.I. Friday's Restaurant

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30
652 767
Denny's is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Denny's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

31
606 545
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
564 593
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jimmy John's Restaurant

33
619 566
Papa John's Pizza is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Papa John's Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

34
524 494
Fuddruckers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Fuddruckers Restaurant

35
439 395
A&W Restaurants is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
A&W Restaurants Restaurant, Fast food

36
370 149
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
560 402
LongHorn Steakhouse is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
LongHorn Steakhouse Restaurant

38
500 387
Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Cinnabon Restaurant, Bakery

39
446 469
White Castle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
White Castle Restaurant, Food Manufacturing, Fast food

40
280 583
Tim Hortons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Tim Hortons Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

41
507 618
Little Caesars is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Little Caesars Restaurant

42
563 509
Waffle House is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Waffle House Restaurant

43
393 520
Golden Corral is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Golden Corral Restaurant

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44
498 492
Carl's Jr. is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Carl's Jr. Restaurant, Fast food

45
457 509
Ruby Tuesday is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

46
464 508
Jack in the Box is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Jack in the Box Restaurant

47
407 379
Hardee's is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Hardee's Restaurant, Fast food

48
369 416
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Boston Market Restaurant

49
271 314
California Pizza Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
California Pizza Kitchen Restaurant, Food and Beverage, Eating and Drinking Places

50
381 434
Johnny Rockets is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Top Restaurant Chains in America
Johnny Rockets Restaurant