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50 Biggest Fast Food Chains in America

50 Biggest Fast Food Chains in America

If your objective is to lose 10 kilos quick or just undertake a more healthy way of life, it might look like there’s a taunting drive-thru simply round each nook. While it might appear as if these shiny Golden Arches are extra ubiquitous than fuel stations or that Starbucks is stalking you, your go-to quick meals chains might not truly be probably the most prolific throughout the 50 states.

To discover out which quick-service eating places are most plentiful within the land, we consulted QSR Magazine‘s most up-to-date report on the highest 50 chains with probably the most U.S. places. Read on under to see if the outcomes meet your expectations after which uncover which wholesome quick meals dishes are value forking into at these nation-spanning chains.

Jasons deli plain jane potato
Jason’s Deli/Facebook

You can discover muffalettas, loaded baked potatoes, Caprese paninis, and the countless garden-fresh salad bar at any of the 264 Jason’s Delis throughout the nation.

In N Out burger and friesIn N Out burger and fries
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In-N-Out will solely open shops the place it may well ship its meat recent from its distribution facilities in California and Texas, making its 319 shops totally on the West Coast.

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Although they’re not fairly as charming and historic as those in Europe, yow will discover 384 White Castles right here in America.

Mcalisters deli roast beefMcalisters deli roast beef
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From humble beginnings in a small city in Mississippi to a neighborhood favourite in 28 states, you will get McAlister’s well-known Sweet Tea by the glass or the gallon at any of their 387 places!

El Pollo Loco lettuce tacosEl Pollo Loco lettuce tacos

People go loopy for this hen joint’s signature citrus-marinated, fire-grilled cuts at 460 El Pollo Loco-tions.

Boston MarketBoston Market

Before being bought by McDonald’s Corporation in 2002, Boston Market’s speedy enlargement to 462 places left the corporate in a little bit of a monetary pickle. Failed makes an attempt to unfold globally brought on Boston Market to reroute into supermarkets quite than opening new shops.

Captain ds butterfly shrimpCaptain ds butterfly shrimp
Captain D’s/Facebook

Since 1969, this hamburger and seafood restaurant has expanded from a small joint in Tennessee to 516 places. In the method, they dropped the burger from their menu, specializing in competing within the seafood area of interest market alongside manufacturers like Long John Silver’s.

Noodles and co wisconsin mac and cheeseNoodles and co wisconsin mac and cheese
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With 532 handy places starting from Wisconsin to New York, you possibly can attempt oodles of noodle mixtures or go for their best-selling Wisconsin Mac & Cheese.

Del TacoDel Taco

Taco-bout a hit story—the primary Del Taco opened in California in 1964 and now has 551 quick meals joints. If solely the tacos have been nonetheless 19 cents.

Steak n shakeSteak n shake

You can seize a Steakburger at any of Steak ‘n Shake’s 568 places, though that is the one sort of steak you’ll discover on the menu. The well-known burger is claimed to be made with a mixture of T-bone and sirloin steak, floor like chopped meat.


Although it fell in need of In-N-Out when it got here in quantity two for the nation’s favourite burger chain, Culver’s boasts an entire 286 extra places than their competitor with 605 throughout 24 states.

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Moe’s Southwest Grill

With 680 places because it’s small begin in Georgia in 2000, one among Chipotle’s largest rivals continues to be rising.

Tim hortons iced mocha latteTim hortons iced mocha latte
Facebook/Tim Horton

This Ontario-based restaurant might have a powerful 683 outlets within the U.S., however Tim Hortons is definitely Canada’s largest quick-serving chain.

Qdoba chicken bowlQdoba chicken bowl
Courtesy of Qdoba

Let’s hear it for the 699 Qdoba places that don’t cost additional for guac!

Bojangles cajun filet biscuitBojangles cajun filet biscuit
Courtesy of Bojangles

You can discover the well-known hen and biscuits at any of the 716 southeastern places.

Whataburger burger and friesWhataburger burger and fries
Courtesy of Whataburger

Of the 806 Whataburgers, the proudest shoppers are from Texas, the place the chain began again in 1950.

Zaxbys chicken wing plate with ranch in centerZaxbys chicken wing plate with ranch in center

The predominantly southern chain has 816 places, however regardless of the place you go to Zaxby’s, it’s nonetheless the worst hen joint within the nation.

Jamba juice chocolate moodJamba juice chocolate mood
Courtesy of Jamba Juice

You can get a fruit smoothie at any of Jamba Juice’s 839 places, but when your aim is to chop again on bloating sugar, you could need to take a look at these Eat This!-approved orders first.

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A 1999 merger helped these quick meals chains, who share headquarters in Tampa, Florida, to succeed in a complete of 841 places in 28 states.


Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Wingstop has expanded from one small Texas restaurant in 1994 to a sequence of 998 places nationwide.

Firehouse subs sandwichFirehouse subs sandwich
Firehouse Subs/Facebook

Firehouse Subs was began by the firemen and cops of the Sorensen household in 1994. Since then, information of the well-known sandwiches caught hearth and the franchise has expanded to 1,037 places in 44 states.

Church's chicken dinner table spreadChurch's chicken dinner table spread
Church’s Chicken/Facebook

Boasting the title of fourth largest hen restaurant chain, you will get fried hen from Church’s at any of their 1,076 places.

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Jersey Mikes/Facebook

Despite its identify, Jersey Mike’s has expanded well beyond its unique Jersey roots. Today, its 1,187 places might be discovered all throughout the nation and are even gaining reputation on the West Coast, particularly in Southern California.

Auntie Annes soft pretzelAuntie Annes soft pretzel
Courtesy of Auntie Anne’s

Although the pretzel chain is usually recognized for his or her shopping center stands, Auntie Anne’s initially began at a farmer’s market as a method for founder Anne Beiler to help her husband’s dream of a free household counseling middle, and boy did it repay—the franchise now has 1,300 places.

Five guys burger fries milkshakeFive guys burger fries milkshake
Courtesy of Five Guys

When Five Guys began franchising in 2003, the Virginia headquartered firm started a interval of speedy enlargement that has did not cease since. Today you’ll be able to take pleasure in burgers, fries, and a choice of shakes that features the signature bacon shake, at any of the chains 1,421 places.

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For the freshest pizza round, take-and-bake the Gourmet Delite, Stuffed, or Signature pies—or go for creating your personal—at any of Papa Murphy’s 1,577 places.

Panda ExpressPanda Express
Facebook/Panda Express

You can decide up your favourite chow mein, orange hen, fried rice, and extra at any of this fast-casual chain’s 1,893 places, most of that are situated in mall meals courts. Who doesn’t love Chinese meals and buying?

Panera Bread broccoli cheddar soup in bread bowlPanera Bread broccoli cheddar soup in bread bowl
Panera Bread/Facebook

Originally the St. Louis Bread Company, there at the moment are 2,042 places serving soup and pasta in hearty bread bowls.

Popeyes chicken stripsPopeyes chicken strips
Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Whether you go for the blackened tenders or the popcorn shrimp, remember to seize the Southern-style fare at any of Popeyes’ 2,084 places.

Chick fil a spicy deluxe sandwich fries sodaChick fil a spicy deluxe sandwich fries soda
Courtesy of Chick-fil-A

Chick-Fil-A snags a spot on America’s favourite quick meals chains, and with 2,102 places, you possibly can “Eat Mor Chikin” in virtually each state.

Chipotle tacosChipotle tacos
Chipotle Mexican Grill/Facebook

With a bit little bit of assist from their largest investor, McDonald’s, Chipotle expanded from simply 16 eating places in 1998 to 500 by 2005. These days, you will get your favourite Mexican fare from any of the two,198 places.

Jack in the Box burgers and friesJack in the Box burgers and fries
Jack within the Box/Facebook

Jack within the Box’s deep-fried and fully-loaded taco is a fan-favorite amongst its 2,255 places—however that shouldn’t provide the inexperienced mild to order it.

Baskin RobbinsBaskin Robbins

When craving a cone, most people go for a single scoop of both Oreo, vanilla, mint chocolate chip, chocolate, or very berry strawberry at one of many 2,538 Baskin-Robbins outlets.

Jimmy johns VitoJimmy johns Vito
Courtesy of Jimmy John’s

Jimmy John’s expanded its sandwich emporium by 242 shops in a yr, climbing as much as a powerful 2,647 in cities starting from Phoenix to Philadelphia.

Carl's Jr moonshine burgerCarl's Jr moonshine burger
Carl’s Jr./Facebook

While Carl’s Jr. dominates the West Coast and Hardee’s the east, the sister quick meals chains boast three,011 places throughout the nation altogether.

Arby's restaurant at nightArby's restaurant at night

Widely praised for the basic roast beef sandwiches that Arby’s has been slow-roasting because the mid-sixties, the sub store climbed to three,358 spots in 2016.

Papa johns cheese pizzaPapa johns cheese pizza
Courtesy of Papa Johns

Although Papa John’s prides itself in utilizing “higher components” and subsequently serving up higher pizza than its rivals, its lowly three,441 places in comparison with Pizza Hut and Domino’s aren’t doing the model justice.

Sonic Drive ThruSonic Drive Thru

The Oklahoma-based drive-in has three,557 places in its homeland the place you possibly can seize an All-American Dog, a Chili Cheese Coney, and even splurge with a aspect of fluffy tots.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken’s humble beginnings as a roadside restaurant in Corbin circa 1930 reworked it right into a globe-spanning chain, boasting four,167 U.S.-based places as of 2016.

Little CaeasarsLittle Caeasars

Snag one among Little Caesars’ hot-n-ready pies at any of the four,323 places. The pizza parlor is the third-largest pizza chain within the nation, expectedly trailing behind Pizza Hut and Domino’s.

Dairy Queen blizzardDairy Queen blizzard
Dairy Queen/Facebook

Dairy Queen might have four,517 models throughout the coasts, however the Blizzard sovereign’s fan meals is not any match for the Frosty and McFlurry.

Dominos PizzaDominos Pizza

When Domino’s opened up store in 1960, the now-global chain consisted of only a single location that was dubbed DomiNick’s. Fast ahead six many years later, and the pizza QSR has 5,371 places underneath its belt.

Taco bell burrito and chicken tacoTaco bell burrito and chicken taco
Taco Bell/Facebook

Whether you’re craving Mexican for lunch or inebriated and famished at three a.m., you’ll find the dichromatic bell emblem tacked on 6,278 storefronts throughout the U.S.

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Dave Thomas based the fast-food chain with recent, by no means frozen beef on the crux of Wendy’s menu—which is probably going why the chain has expanded to a powerful 6,537 places.

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Burger King/Facebook

Snag a Whopper and a paper crown at any of the 7,161 places nationwide, up an entire 35 spots from the earlier yr.

Pizza hutPizza hut

You might swear by Pizza Hut’s loaded tacky bites pizza and the dessert cookies, however the chain closed 133 outlets from 2015 to 2016, clocking in at a complete of seven,689 shops.

Dunkin donuts iced coffeeDunkin donuts iced coffee
Facebook/Dunkin Donuts

America runs on Dunkin’, so we anticipated the doughnut chain to rank within the prime 5. You can discover glazed doughnuts and iced macchiatos in any respect eight,828 places.

Starbucks caramel frappuccinoStarbucks caramel frappuccino
Courtesy of Starbucks

The U.S. is residence to 13,172 Starbucks places, increasing by 651 shops in only one yr.

Mcdonalds french friesMcdonalds french fries
Courtesy of McDonald’s

Surprisingly sufficient, one of many oldest, most ubiquitous, and most iconic American eating places isn’t truly the most important within the U.S. The Golden Arches’ 14,155 places come as an in depth second.

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The prolific sub store boasts a whopping 26,744 places throughout the nation, beating its closest competitor, Arby’s, by virtually eightfold. If you end up frequenting the house of the $5-dollar footlong, don’t miss our unique report, Every Subway Sandwich—Ranked for Nutrition!

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