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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311 337
Qdoba Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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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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Subway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Fendarr added Restaurant, Fast food
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346 435
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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282 364
Schlotzsky's is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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324 217
Firehouse Subs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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327 293
Noodles & Company is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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209 204
Shake Shack is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
averagej123 added Restaurant
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244 230
Moe's Southwest Grill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
wiabux added Restaurant
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257 244
Einstein Bros. Bagels is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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260 221
Smashburger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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170 240
Nathan's Famous is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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Baja Fresh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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96 86
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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Jersey Mike's Subs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Cameron Waller added Restaurant
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Quiznos is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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89 263
Cosi, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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Fazoli's is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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78 93
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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77 141
Au Bon Pain is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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78 175
Penn Station is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
ChangesDownClub added Restaurant, Food Manufacturing
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Corner Bakery Cafe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
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