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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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649 292
Five Guys is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Five Guys Restaurant

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316 224
Steak 'n Shake is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
ChangesDownClub added Steak 'n Shake Restaurant, Food Manufacturing

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317 369
Boston Market is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Boston Market Restaurant

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403 406
Subway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Fendarr added Subway Restaurant, Fast food

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253 315
Schlotzsky's is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Schlotzsky's Restaurant, Bakery

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275 288
Qdoba Mexican Grill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Qdoba Mexican Grill Restaurant

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293 261
Noodles & Company is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Noodles & Company Restaurant

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282 186
Firehouse Subs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Firehouse Subs Restaurant

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209 192
Moe's Southwest Grill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
wiabux added Moe's Southwest Grill Restaurant

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231 211
Einstein Bros. Bagels is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Einstein Bros. Bagels Restaurant, Bakery

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237 186
Smashburger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Smashburger

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153 196
Nathan's Famous is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
zxray added Nathan's Famous Restaurant, Eating and Drinking Places

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68 26
Panera Bread is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Kristen Barnhardt added Panera Bread

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158 177
Shake Shack is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
averagej123 added Shake Shack Restaurant

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180 235
Baja Fresh is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Baja Fresh Restaurant

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57 45
Jimmy John's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Jimmy John's Restaurant

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75 72
Quiznos is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Quiznos Restaurant, Fast food restaurant

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84 230
Cosi, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Cosi, Inc. Eating and Drinking Places

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158 250
Fazoli's is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Fazoli's Restaurant

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62 65
El Pollo Loco is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
tlushnia added El Pollo Loco Restaurant, Fast food

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27 21
Jersey Mike's Subs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Cameron Waller added Jersey Mike's Subs Restaurant

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67 148
Penn Station is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
ChangesDownClub added Penn Station Restaurant, Food Manufacturing

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103 163
Corner Bakery Cafe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Corner Bakery Cafe Restaurant, Bakery

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89 140
Sweet Tomatoes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Sweet Tomatoes

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60 112
Au Bon Pain is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Au Bon Pain Restaurant, Bakery

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73 129
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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19 40
Chuy's is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Charles Foreman added Chuy's

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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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15 43
Rubios Seafood Grill is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
tlushnia added Rubios Seafood Grill

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21 61
Saladworks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Saladworks Restaurant

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14 65
Wildflower Bread Company is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
Wildflower Bread Company

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5 3
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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4 33
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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6 53
100 Montaditos is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
zxray added 100 Montaditos Restaurant

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4 41
Pizzaroni Subs and Grill is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fast Casual Restaurants
pmwedzi68 added Pizzaroni Subs and Grill