Chain Restaurants The Best Fast Casual Restaurants  

Chef Jen
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List Rules Fast casual or "fresh" casual dining restaurant chains.

What are the best fast casual restaurants in the country? Fast casual, or fresh casual dining includes restaurants that offer the best, freshest ingredients available in a fast-food kind of setting, with quick service. Need a healthy burrito made with free range chicken? That's fast casual. The idea is that yes, this is food made fast, but it's not typically as unhealthy as traditional fast food. What's the most tasty fast casual restaurant around? That's up to you to decide, with your votes. Be sure to add your favorite fresh casual restaurants that aren't listed, too!

In an economy that's struggled in recent years, fast casual restaurants have managed to prosper (in most cases). The demand for fresher, higher quality, healthier fast food options no doubt has driven consumers to seek out fast casual dining, whether it's Mexican, deli-style, bakeries, burgers or even pizza joints.

Some of the most popular fast casual restaurants are big chains, including Chipotle, Panera Bread, Zaxby's and Panda Express. Each of these fast casual chains represents a different kind of food option, but each has done extremely well. One thing all of these places has in common with fast food restaurants: There is no full table service. It's quick, it's simple and it's tremendously popular among foodies who don't want to eat at regular fast food chains or more traditional family restaurant chains, either.

Again, be sure to vote for the restaurants that you think are truly the best fast casual eateries around, vote down any you don't like -- and add any that are missing. 

What are fast casual restaurants? This list will take a look at the best ones and it's up to you to rank them

Check out more lists like the best fast food brands, top family restaurants and the nicest restaurants in America to visit for your foody needs
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Chipotle Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants

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Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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Qdoba Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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348 259
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
ChangesDownClub added Restaurant, Food Manufacturing

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Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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441 454
Subway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Fendarr added Restaurant, Fast food

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272 349
Schlotzsky's is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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118 42
Panera Bread is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Kristen Barnhardt added Restaurant, Bakery, Eating and Drinking Places

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313 203
Firehouse Subs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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315 285
Noodles & Company is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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184 194
Shake Shack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
averagej123 added Restaurant

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235 216
Moe's Southwest Grill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
wiabux added Restaurant

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250 235
Einstein Bros. Bagels is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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255 211
Smashburger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Smashburger

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168 226
Nathan's Famous is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
zxray added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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Baja Fresh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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58 39
Jersey Mike's Subs is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Cameron Waller added Restaurant

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Quiznos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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89 253
Cosi, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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169 277
Fazoli's is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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72 85
El Pollo Loco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
tlushnia added Restaurant, Fast food

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73 130
Au Bon Pain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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112 180
Corner Bakery Cafe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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74 168
Penn Station is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
ChangesDownClub added Restaurant, Food Manufacturing

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97 160
Sweet Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Sweet Tomatoes

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77 147
Pink's Hot Dogs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
zxray added Pink's Hot Dogs Restaurant

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24 58
Chuy's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Charles Foreman added

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61 148
Meatheads Burgers and Fries is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Meatheads Burgers and Fries Restaurant - www.MeatheadsBurgers.com

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26 75
Saladworks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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19 55
Rubio's Coastal Grill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
tlushnia added Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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16 82
Wildflower Bread Company is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Wildflower Bread Company

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12 18
Zo√ęs Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Lee New added Zoes Kitchen

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Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Daniel Richardson added Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill

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1 9
Burgerville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
NickADouglas added Restaurant, Fast food

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100 Montaditos is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
zxray added Restaurant

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Pizzaroni Subs and Grill is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
pmwedzi68 added Pizzaroni Subs and Grill