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

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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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308 331
Qdoba Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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357 273
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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141 49
Panera Bread is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Kristen Barnhardt added Restaurant, Bakery, Eating and Drinking Places

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453 472
Subway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Fendarr added Restaurant, Fast food

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341 427
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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278 358
Schlotzsky's is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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318 212
Firehouse Subs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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323 289
Noodles & Company is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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199 200
Shake Shack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
averagej123 added Restaurant

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239 222
Moe's Southwest Grill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
wiabux added Restaurant

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255 238
Einstein Bros. Bagels is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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258 216
Smashburger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Smashburger

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170 234
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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194 264
Baja Fresh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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65 45
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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86 81
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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100 112
Quiznos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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20
89 259
Cosi, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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170 283
Fazoli's is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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76 90
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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76 136
Au Bon Pain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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78 172
Penn Station is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
ChangesDownClub added Restaurant, Food Manufacturing

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114 184
Corner Bakery Cafe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Restaurant, Bakery