Top 50 Fast Food Restaurants in the USA

There are a lot of fast-food restaurants in the USA. However, choosing the best places can be a challenge especially for new people joining America. Even if you are a native, you want to know whether your favorite burger joint cracks the top list.

And so, it is important to know which fast food restaurant in America is the best and where to eat without breaking your bank.

Using QSR Magazine’s annual ranking of restaurants in the USA, we listed the top 50 largest fast-food chains in the U.S. by sales in 2021, providing insight into the types of foods Americans crave.

About the QSR

QSR is an annual ranking of limited-service restaurant companies by U.S. systemwide sales. QSR magazine collects information directly from restaurant companies, and also partners with FoodserviceResults, a research and consulting firm specializing in consumer research, data analysis, and insights into the foodservice industry.
This article aims to help you decide which places deserve a mention in your search for the best fast food restaurants in America. I have visited several of these places and learned a lot about their atmosphere, quality of food, and importance to local communities.
Top fast food chains in America

Most Popular Fast Food Restaurants in America

So let’s jump right in – Here are the most popular fast food chain restaurants in the United States of America.

We will, thereafter, give a detailed review of each of the establishments to see what actually makes them rank as the top 50 largest fast-food chains in the U.S.

Rank Fast Food Chain Category U.S sSystemwide Sales Average Sales Per Unit Thousands Franchise License Units Company Units Total Units Total Change in Units
1 McDonald’s Burger 38,524.05 2,768.73 13,229 685 13,914 -122
2 Starbucks* Snack 19,700.00 1,349.32 6,332 8,493 14,825 895
3 Subway* Sandwich 10,410.34 420.00 24,798 0 24,798 -1,110
4 Taco Bell Global 10,300.00 1,600.00 6,126 462 6,588 142
5 Chick-fil-A* Chicken 10,000.00 4,166.67 2,400 0 2,400 175
6 Wendy’s Burger 9,993.70 1,636.40 5,825 353 6,711 77
7 Burger King* Burger 9,950.00 1,357.00 7,278 49 7,327 101
8 Dunkin’ Snack 8,787.00 933.00 9,419 0 9,419 278
9 Domino’s* Pizza 6,600.00 1,123.00 5,486 390 5,876 258
10 Panera Bread* Sandwich 5,734.63 2,739.91 1,131 963 2,093 50
11 Pizza Hut Pizza 5,500.00 878.00 7,432 24 7,456 -41
12 Chipotle Global 4,800.00 2,000.00 0 2,491 2,491 83
13 Sonic Drive-In Burger 4,447.10 1,250.00 3,427 179 3,606 13
14 KFC Chicken 4,400.00 1,210.00 4,019 55 4,074 -35
15 Arby’s Sandwich 3,886.90 1,177.00 2,197 1,132 3,329 46
16 Little Caesars* Pizza 3,800.00 874.00 3,700 562 4,262 -74
17 Dairy Queen Snack 3,650.00 1,204.58 4,404 2 4,406 -49
18 Jack in the Box Burger 3,466.13 1,553.00 2,100 137 2,237 -14
19 Panda Express* Global 3,400.00 1,616.00 125 1,979 2,104 93
20 Popeyes* Chicken 3,325.00 1,415.00 2,327 41 2,368 148
21 Papa John’s* Pizza 2,720.00 815.00 2,691 646 3,337 23
22 Whataburger Burger 2,416.00 2,928.50 126 699 825 4
23 Jimmy John’s* Sandwich 2,200.00 772.00 2,748 55 2,803 48
24 Hardee’s* Burger 2,120.00 1,131.00 1,745 119 1,864 16
25 Zaxby’s* Chicken 1,850.00 2,060.00 757 141 898 21
26 Five Guys Burger 1,615.84 1,274.80 866 492 1,358 37
27 Culver’s Burger 1,580.00 2,390.00 680 6 686 45
28 Carl’s Jr.* Burger 1,425.00 1,239.00 1,106 50 1,156 -7
29 Bojangles’ Chicken 1,296.21 1,741.06 440 319 759 -5
30 Wingstop Chicken 1,261.03 1,139.00 1,095 29 1,252 225
31 Raising Cane’s* Chicken 1,185.00 2,963.00 70 330 400 0
32 Jersey Mike’s* Sandwich 1,148.49 769.00 1,412 82 1,494 151
33 Steak ‘n’ Shake* Burger 1,035.00 1,739.00 185 409 594 9
34 In-N-Out Burger* Burger 950.00 2,794.00 0 338 338 10
35 El Pollo Loco* Chicken 870.00 1,798.00 271 213 484 7
36 Qdoba Global 835.00 1,132.00 354 389 743 17
37 Checkers/Rally’s Burger 824.64 972.42 628 254 882 6
38 Del Taco Global 817.77 1,508.29 258 322 580 16
39 Firehouse Subs Sandwich 810.95 711.66 1,078 37 1,115 40
40 Papa Murphy’s Pizza 795.58 568.00 1,331 106 1,437 -86
41 Tim Hortons* Sandwich 760.00 1,027.00 727 0 727 -11
42 Church’s Chicken* Chicken 750.00 714.00 811 165 1,086 -46
43 Moe’s Global 734.56 1,021.64 714 5 719 14
44 McAlister’s Deli Sandwich 678.12 1,633.51 415 29 444 35
45 Jason’s Deli Sandwich 654.32 2,520.00 105 173 278 5
46 Marco’s Pizza Pizza 621.77 721.99 844 39 883 16
47 Baskin-Robbins Snack 612.00 240.00 2,550 0 2,550 -10
48 Auntie Anne’s Snack 558.24 538.18 1,282 13 1,295 -16
49 Boston Market Chicken 557.77 1,259.00 19 435 454 7
50 White Castle* Burger 555.00 1,480.00 3 372 375 -5

*Includes figures estimated by QSR.

50. White Castle

White Castle restaurant menu reviews

About

If you have done something consistently for about a century, you will probably understand what it is like to run a restaurant such as White Castle. Established on September 13, 1921, the American regional establishment is generally credited as the world’s first fast-food hamburger chain

It currently has about  400 locations across 13 states, with its greatest presence in the Midwest and New York metropolitan area.

Obviously, its unique selling point is the burgers. But they also offer chicken wings and onion chips which are good reasons why customers come back.

Menu

White castle menu list covers sliders, breakfast, combos, big craves, drinks, sides, and dessert. Customers also get to order their exclusive crave clutch, birthday cake-on-a-stick, and castle pack 9.

Review

For being the pioneer of the Fast-food concept, you can of course expect to experience get treated to the original fast food restaurant ambiance. And old-fashioned? No. The designs of its locations have been tweaked to meet the standards of modern-day eatery.

You can expect good customer service here as they prepare and serve meals in 5 minutes.

However, If you are new to this place, and you go through popular reviews, you will realize that there are some items you need to stay clear from on the White Castle menu, either because they’re unhealthy, or because they’re just plain gross.

49. Boston Market

Boston Market restaurant

About

Talk about an ideal place to enjoy Homestyle meals…

Boston market humble beginnings started about 38 years ago, precisely in 1984, and became a huge success which was attributed to its popularity that expanded extremely rapidly.

From inception, the establishment focused on their iconic rotisserie chicken and they were initially called Boston Chicken. But 11 years after the operation, they rebranded to Boston Market to reflect how diverse they were expanding their menu list.

Menu

Think of anything you would expect at a traditional family dinner, be it meatloaf, turkey, rotisserie chick, cornbread, or sweet corn, it is offered at the Boston market.

The fast-casual restaurant chain offers a menu list that features rotisserie chicken, ribs & meatloaf, roasted turkey, family meals, sides, soups & salads, as well as desserts.

Review

What really makes the establishment different from others is the style in which their food is prepared and served. Many of the locations have a buffet-style layout, where you can see what they have on offer. They also have various options such as eat-in or delivery.

They have a great selection of ribs and chicken, and they also have a cornbread side. They are known for their quarter rack of ribs.

A big plus for the establishment is that their staff members are always smiling and eager to help make customers’ experience as pleasant as possible.

Although, the prices of the items on their menu are a little higher when compared to other restaurants at the top list rankings. For instance, to get a sandwich or bowl here will cost you between $5 to $7.

But if you look at it really, their prices are quite competitive.

48. Auntie Anne’s

Auntie Anne’s restaurant

About

For a restaurant that prides itself on only serving items that have been freshly made from simple ingredients, you might just wonder why they aren’t ranked among the top 20.

Well, it is right to say that visit to malls, outlet centers, airports, or amusement parks is not complete without stopping at Auntie Anne’s. They are top American retailers of pretzels and pretzel-themed items, but also offer dips, beverages, and more Homemade Baking Mix.

Menu

Auntie Annie’s is known for providing the best fresh, hot, and sweet treat in the area. They do it all year round, making sure that their customers can smell the sweet treat before they see it.

Their menu list covers various items and is known for providing the best fresh, hot, and sweet treats in the area. They do it all year round, making sure that their customers can smell the sweet treat before they see it.

When visiting, You want to try their mini pretzel dogs, and then their famous pepperoni and marinara dip to conclude with cinnamon sugar sticks and caramel sauce.

They also offer a variety of snacks and drinks, such as soft pretzels, mini pretzels, and pretzel dogs. They also have a variety of dips and snacks. Each variety has a variety of sweet and salty flavor options. There’s a taste for every craving.

Review

Their locations are warm and welcoming, and what’s even better is that they can make pretzels right behind the counter. This is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon. However, what many food critics highlight as a downside of this restaurant is a low effort rate in improving on areas where customers place complaints.

47. Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins restaurant ice cream

About

Specialized in serving Ice cream and cakes in its variations, Baskin Robbins is known as one of the largest ice cream chains with employees that are known for their friendly service.

Through various ownership changes, the chain became part of the Dunkin’ Brands Inc. family. This partnership has resulted in the two restaurants sharing some co-branding.

While all franchises are based on the original agreement between Robbin and Baskin, they are still one of the giants in the industry today with over 7,000 locations.

Menu

Since they started offering original flavors, they have expanded to include a wider variety of products. This includes a variety of ice cream cakes, cups and cones, and a selection of soft drinks.

The Bright Choices offered at the restaurant since 2008 provides a variety of healthy options.

Some of the flavors you can enjoy in the restaurant include Almond butter pecan, chocolate chip cookie dough, rum raisin, and more.

Their gold medal ribbon flavor is a favorite, and they also have seasonal favorites and keep their prices low. They also make their ice-cold beverages thick and creamy. When you get there, expect to pay between $2 to $5 for a cup, cone, or soft serve.

Review

Visiting here, you will see that there are a variety of seating options at Baskin & Robbin’s. They have seating areas and outdoor seating.

Also, it is significant to point out that the staff is warm and welcoming and will do their best to make you feel like you are grabbing an ice cream at home. But know that your experience and opinion about the place will vary, depending on the location you visited.

46. Marco’s Pizza

Marco’s Pizza restaurant

About

Every Marcos location marks an ideal spot where you can enjoy authentic Italian quality pizza and sauce from the original Giammarco recipe.

When Pasquale Giammarco, an Italian, immigrated to the US as a teenager, he dreamt about opening a pizza restaurant. He worked with his father to make the best pizza possible, and that was how Marco’s Pizza came about.

As of 2017, there are more than 800 Marco’s Pizza restaurants in 34 states and Puerto Rico. The company also had eyes for the Indian food industry market.

For an establishment ranked as among the top 50 restaurants in the USA, what could their menu look like?

Menu

The restaurant’s menu entails Pizzas, Subs, Wings, Salads, Bread & Bakes, desserts, Sides & Dressing, as well as Beverages.

A 10-inch white cheese pizza at Marco’s costs around $11.00, while a Large 14 inch one will set you back $17.00. As for their salads, they should cost around $6.00.

In addition, there are a variety of classic and unique flavors offered at Marco’s of which we can recommend their Hawaiian, Garden, and some unique like Chicken Florentine and Roma Meats.

Review

Marco’s Pizza has good hygiene ratings on sites such as Food Hygiene Ratings. The staff members are also motivated and kind.

However, some customers complain about the wait times which tend to vary from day today. If you go here during New Year and Thanksgiving, you will have to endure long wait times, as well as Saturday and Friday nights

The atmosphere of the restaurants is simple and calm. The dishes are made with fresh and clean ingredients. There are also locations in various US states.

45. Jason’s Deli

Jason’s Deli restaurant

About

Headquartered in Beaumont, Texas, United States, Jason’s Deli is a fast-casual delicatessen restaurant chain where people in near areas and communities go to enjoy a standard deli-style menu.

Jason’s Deli was founded in 1976 by Joe Tortorice Jr., Pete Verde, and Pat Broussard. Today, the deli can be found in almost 300 locations across 29 states.

Menu

Some of the most consumed meal items on their menu are sandwiches such as the Manager’s Special and the Big E’s Deli Burger.

But sandwiches aren’t only the reason why Jason’s is making it to the top 50. The hearty delectable salads offered here, combined with the homey ambiance and the good soup, leaves customers with something to come back for.

Review

Based on close observation, the atmosphere is friendly and the food is good. This is a great place to eat healthy since they have removed trans-fats from their menu. The sandwiches are also better than ever since they removed them.

But considering the fact that we can not count the number of people that would never get anything other than the sandwiches at Jason’s Deli, (not necessarily because they have personally ever had a bad experience with JD’s food), we can say that the restaurant will have a long way to go in realizing the top 10 positions among this ranking.

44. McAlister’s Deli

McAlister’s Deli restaurant

About

McAlister started making strides of its own from the get-go as its history for over a decade now has been nothing short of successful.

It was originally known as Chequers by Don and his partner Debra. The establishment was located in a restored gas station. Many of the features that originally appeared in the restaurant are still present in its original form. for example, the garage doors.

Menu

The menu at the McAlister’s Deli is both for the average Joe and otherwise as there are a variety of items on offer.

Their menu features items such as the New Yorker, French Toast, Hot, grilled, club or classic sandwiches, Caesar Salad, and more. On their beverage menu, customers also get to enjoy varieties such as Wildberry Tea, Strawberry, or Wildberry Lemonade.

The prices of some of the dishes vary depending on the customers’ preference. For instance, each person can shell out between $7 to $20 for most of its meals. The breakfast, lunch, and dinner options are available at the same time each day (7:00 AM to 11:00 AM). The dinner is served at different times depending on the weekends.

Review

The staff at the restaurant are usually attentive to detail and serves a wide variety of cuisines and cater to every kind of occasion.  The company also works with various social events to cater to most of the customers’ needs.

While it is rare to have a bad plate at McAlister’s, we have surveyed conversations by reviewers who say their bread bowl, particularly, isn’t moldy but has a moldy taste to it.

43. Moe’s

Moe’s restaurant review

It is Moe’s Southwest Grill, but for us who are used to the restaurant, we casually call it Moe’s. Sitting on the 43rd position on the ranking, food served at the restaurant is described as Tex Mex and Mexican as it covers both vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

Founded in Atlanta, Georgia, in December 2000 by Raving Brands, the idea of the establishment is to provide a pretty casual place where one can have a good time with the family enjoying great dishes.

Menu

Moe’s currently offers the following in its menu: buffalo queso tacos + buffalo queso, Meal kits, Burritos, Bowls, Stacks, quesadillas, Tacos, Nachos, Salads, Kids meal, Side dishes, salsas, and a variety of drinks.

One of the interesting things you will discover about this restaurant is the name schemes for some of its menu items. For example, The Art Vandalay is a vegetarian burrito sold for around $6 that’s named after George’s Alias in “Seinfeld.”

Other menu options include the Funk Meister Tacos or the Ruprict vegetarian nachos. These are both great for vegetarians. While the former will cost you around $7, customers pay around $3 for the latter, which comes along with preferred steak, tofu, or chicken instead.

See the complete Moe’s menu list and current prices HERE

Review

Moe’s Southwest Grill tries to create an environment that is fun and exciting for its staff. This is evidenced by the many people who work there.

The hygiene of the establishment is generally average and is dependent on the local staff members. The wait times are also dependent on the local conditions. But have it in mind that you will wait for long when you go during weekends and Friday nights.

It is worthy to note that you won’t find any microwaves that are used at Moe’s. While they have several locations across the US, they are opening new locations every year.

This is a good indicator that they are rapidly growing to be a competitor against giants like Chipotle and Qdoba in the coming years.

42. Church’s Chicken

 Church’s Chicken restaurant review

About

For one thing, fried chicken lovers in America appreciate Church’s Chicken for their style of preparing meals. You guessed right – handmade from scratch!

Founded as Church’s Fried Chicken To-Go by George W. Church Sr. on April 17, 1952, in San Antonio, Texas, across the street from The Alamo, every piece of chicken is hand-battered.

Over the years, the chain has expanded across the globe. It has also undergone numerous changes, including new marketing techniques and new products.

Church’s Chicken is known for serving the finest chicken in the world. This institution is also known for its community outreach programs. An example of this is the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department’s Christmas Event. Another example is the Church’s Scholar Program.

Menu

From its name, Items on the Church’s chicken menu is specialized in all parts of the chicken and its variations such as breasts, wings, legs, and thighs.  The boneless wings are made-to-order and cost around $5 to $6.

However, there are also a variety of side items on the menu such as coleslaw, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, fried okra, and honey butter biscuits.

Review

The establishment is arguably the best place to grab some delicious fried chicken and complementary sides. However, the restaurant does not accept reservations nor does it deliver. But it provides take-out for customers, which is both dine-in and drive-thru options.

41. Tim Hortons

Tim Hortons restaurant food

About

Globally known as Tim Horton’s Cafe and Bakeshop, Inc., the Canadian company is a place where you can expect to be served fresh coffee brew to the richness and freshly-baked donuts are, which are usually incredible.

Tim Horton, a hockey legend, and Jim Charade founded the Tim Horton’s in 1964. The first store opened in Canada in April of 1964. The fast-food chain has approximately 4,748 locations in various countries and is said to be  Canada’s largest quick-service restaurant chain.

Menu

One attribute you will be able to categorize after going through a cross-section of honest review about this establishment is that the food that they served is worth the cost.

This is because their doughnuts are well-balanced and have a sweet taste, as well as the coffee and cold beverages served which are blended perfectly.

If you want to know all the meal items offered at this restaurant, and their current prices, this post right HERE is for you.

Review

The majority of its locations have a modern design with a variety of decorative elements. Its dining area can accommodate groups of coffee lovers, making it a good place to bring your friends and family for get together.

While you will likely experience long lines of customers waiting, it is soothing that their staff members are accommodating and attentive.

40. Papa Murphy’s

Papa Murphy’s restaurant food

About

With literally over 1300 franchisee outlets scattered in the US and in Canada, it is not a surprising thing to find out that Papa Murphy’s is one of the top best take-and-bake pizzas out there.

This reflected has it became the fifth-largest pizza chain in the US and received various awards, and also the top 50 restaurants in the US according to the rankings.

With the provisions on their menu list, we can pretty much tell why people choose here when they crave fresh and flavorful pizza at home for family or friends.

Menu

Their pizza menu list covers their signature dish which has classic recipes served on original crust, the Gourmet delite that features sophisticated recipes with gourmet toppings, served on crispy thin crust, as well as the Stuffed pizza loaded with toppings for big appetites.

While these recipes are very good, don’t forget that you can also make your own pizza by choosing to make it yourself. There are also some great options out there that are good enough to try which include gluten-free crusts.

Review

When it comes to pizza, there are many options here. You can order online, visit the physical store, or even call in. Even if you don’t know about making pizza from scratch, they have a great staff that’s always ready to help make your meal a success.

On average, their locations and are usually clean and large, but your experience will depend on the outlet you visit.

39. Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs restaurant food

About

Brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen established Firehouse Subs in 1994. They came up with the idea after being involved in the fire service for a long time.

Through their paths, they were able to establish this restaurant chain. It quickly expanded its operations across the U.S. in 2006.

It is also significant to point out that the company created a non-profit organization to support local firefighters after Hurricane Katrina. Robin and Chris Sorenson traveled to Mississippi to feed the survivors and first responders after the devastating hurricane. Their experience inspired them to create the Firehouse Sub Public Safety Foundation.

Menu

At this restaurant, customers are served a variety of submarine sandwiches and other fast-food items. Their menu list also covers a variety of salads and a kid’s menu, as well as extras.

Hot sauces are also available for purchase. The store also offers a variety of catering menus. Some of these include the Sub Platter, Deluxe Sub, Salad Platter, Half-Plat, the Lieutenant, and the Brownie Platter.

Review

In terms of affordability, items on the catering menu range from $6 to $45, depending on the order, while that of the Hot Sub category includes various selections such as the Beef Brisket, Turkey Breast, Virginia Honey Ham, and the Premium Roast Beef, and will cost you around $6 and $9.

Their Hot Specialty Sub category includes various selections such as Firehouse Meatball, Italian, Beef, Cheddar, and Smokehouse Beef and will cost you between $6 and $10.

The hours of operation are generally from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. each day as you can either dine-in or take their food-to-go, but there is no delivery service or reservations. We gathered that most of its locations are usually clean and the staff is very friendly.

38. Del Taco

Del Taco restaurant food

About

This American fast food restaurant chain zeros into the American-style Mexican cuisine like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos, as well as American foods such as burgers, fries, and shakes.

In a survey conducted by Consumer Reports magazine, The establishment was named as the Best Value for Your Money after evaluating the opinions of 96,000 consumers.

It is one of the many reasons why the chain boats that its menu items taste better than other restaurants because they are made to order and consist of fresh ingredients.

Menu

The Del taco menu list consists of breakfast, crispy chicken, Del’s dollar deals menu, Tacos, crunchtadas, Burritos & epic burritos, fresh housemade guacamole, Quesadillas & nachos, burgers and fries, fiesta packs, combos, bowls and salads, desserts, shakes & sides, vegetarian and vegan, drinks, as well as their Kids loco meals.

Review

For an establishment like Del Taco, they can do better than having just a few numbers of their locations open for 24 hours. But most of its outlets are clean and staff members are friendly.

In terms of affordability, the common dish salads are between $5 and $7, While the Fresca bowls are between $4 and $5.

37. Checkers and Rally’s

Rally’s and Checkers

About

Checkers and Rally’s  began as two separate brands. Rally’s was first established in Louisville, Kentucky in 1985. It was followed by Checkers in 1986. Both companies catered to different regions, with Rally’s being based in the mid-west and Checkers in the south-east.

Both the Rally’s and the Checkers chains had similar concepts, but they were also well-made and affordable. Family members would regularly visit both establishments due to their similar offerings.

In 1999, Checkers purchased the Rally’s brand from CKE seeing that both have successfully dominated the drive thru fast-food industries in their own regions.

Today, While most of their locations are fully drive-through, some have outdoor seating options. Their eye-catching locations are located in areas that are sure to catch the attention of any potential customers with the bright red pillars and structure.

Menu

The menu at the chain consists of all the items that you would expect from a typical fast-food restaurant. However, each type of food item has its own unique characteristics. The establishment also offers a variety of chicken burgers, fish burgers, hot dogs, and dessert dishes.

Rally’s and Checkers take pride in the burgers they make. Their signature item is their Baconzilla. Their other popular choice is their French fries.

Review

Their slogan, “Little Place, BIG TASTE” is what you will see in all of their locations as their goal is to build a better burger for every other customer.

Ideally, their prices are reasonable, and they offer a combo meal that costs around $3 to $7. Their value menu also includes a variety of items that can be bought for as low as around $1 to $2.

Through their commitment to providing the highest quality service and a better burger, Rally’s and Checkers have become the go-to restaurants for fast food as they rank top 50.

36. Qdoba

Qdoba restaurant

About

Qdoba Mexican Eats is a fast-food chain that serves Mexican-style cuisine in the US and Canada. In March 2011, it was sold to a consortium of investors led by Apollo Global Management after spending a decade and half as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jack in the Box.

This restaurant is not a full-service sit-down establishment, though it does have dine-in seating. They have a variety of menu items that are designed to cater to everyone.

Menu

Their menu features new signature eats such as cholula® hot & sweet chicken, Chicken Queso Burrito, Impossible Fajita Burrito, and Chicken Protein Bowl. It also features family meals, kids meals, and a variety of sides.

The cost of items on the menu starts at under $10 each and food will be prepared directly in front of you.

Review

We consider Qdoba a great place to eat out or grab a meal. Whether it’s a casual meal or a business lunch, the staff is always ready to accommodate guests. They have a rewards program that gives members points that can be used to purchase something. They also have a variety of catering options that can be used for events.

35. El Pollo Loco

El Pollo Loco

About

Founded by Juan Francisco Ochoa, El Pollo Loco is a Mexican restaurant chain that serves grilled chicken. the actual meaning of the brand’s name is “The Crazy Chicken, little wonder that the store is recognized for its signature citrus-marinated, fire-grilled chicken as their staff takes extra care in preparing this chicken.

In 1995, the restaurant built the world’s largest burrito which was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2007, it was featured on the NBC program “The Apprentice: Los Angeles.”

The store received first place honors in QSR Magazine’s 2008 Applied Technology Awards in the “Enduring Technology” category, and two national awards for its customer feedback program. It was also recognized as a top franchise in the Hispanic market by the World Franchising Network.

Menu

El Pollo Loco menu comes in different packages which require you to choose from the food offered for family and those for individuals. El Pollo Loco is known to serve Mexican cuisine, and you can find foods such as grilled chicken among other Mexican-style foods in the restaurant.

While their menu prices are relatively fair, El Pollo Loco restaurant boasts of their chicken dinners, salads, and bowls of Mexican prepared dishes. To know more about their current menu list and price, see HERE.

Review

El Pollo Loco is mainly loved for its good variety of chicken dinners, salads, and bowls of Mexican prepared dishes. Most significantly is the fact that El Pollo Loco is a healthy fast food alternative at value prices.

The staff is friendly and the chicken is a favorite. The burritos are also recommended. This establishment has a variety of fresh food items that are sure to satisfy everyone.

34. In-N-Out Burger

 In-N-Out Burger restaurant food

About

In-N-Out Burger is a fast-food chain founded in 1948 by Esther and Harry Snyder. It has locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, and Colorado.

As the chain’s expansion continues, it has opened several new distribution centers. These facilities will allow the company to serve customers in various parts of the country.

In-N-Out Burger has decided not to go public as it believes that it would compromise the quality of its operations. The fast-food restaurant chain has developed a loyal following and is regarded as one of the top restaurants in the country by various customer satisfaction surveys.

Menu

The In-N-Out features three different burger varieties: the classic hamburger, the cheeseburger, and the double-decker. There are also various drink options, such as French fries and milkshakes.

The hamburgers come with either lettuce, tomato, or onions, and a sauce or spread that’s called “spread”. There are also additional named items that are not on the chain’s menu but are available at every In-N-Out.

These variations include 3×3 (which has three patties and three slices of cheese), 4×4 (four patties and four slices of cheese), Neapolitan shakes. They are also available in various sizes and with different toppings.

The company also offers Protein and Animal Style, which are house specialties that are made with the same ingredients as the burgers. Animal Style fries come with two pieces of melted cheese, a spread, and grilled onions on the top.

Review

In ‘n’ Out Burger is known for its incredibly high-quality food and unbeatable prices. Their regular burger or combo will set you back around $2.00, while a combo will cost you around $5.

33. Steak ‘n’ Shake

Steak ‘n’ Shake

About

Steak ‘n Shake is a casual restaurant chain with over 600 locations in the US. Most of its restaurants are located in the Midwestern and southern states.

Most Steak ‘n Shake restaurants have drive-through or sit-down sections, which create a hybrid fast-casual dining experience. The menu features hand-dipped milkshakes and other menu items.

The phrase “Famous for Steakburgers” became associated with the popular item, which was originally made from a mixture of sirloin, T-bone, and round steaks.

Menu

The casual restaurant that specializes in snacks, and instead of selling steaks, its menu consist mainly of hamburgers, hand-dipped milkshakes, side dishes, and beverages.

Review

The food at this restaurant is good and reasonably priced. The garlic parmesan fries are the best seller, as are the Cajun fries. The M&M’s milkshakes are also good. You can expect to order a meal and a drink in less than 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, if we are to call spade a spade, they can be said to have a rough past. In 2010, several lawsuits were filed against Steak ‘n Shake’s franchisees regarding the company’s mandatory menu prices and food sourcing.

From 2010 to 2015, several lawsuits have been filed against Steak ‘n Shake by its franchisees regarding the company’s mandatory food sourcing and menu prices. The first lawsuit that started was by Stuller, Inc.

32. Jersey Mike’s

Jersey Mike’s

About

Jersey Mike’s Sub is a US submarine sandwich chain with over 1,500 locations in the country. The company’s operations are conducted through a franchise system.

With quite an interesting historical background, Jersey Mike’s Subs was established in 1956 in Point Pleasant. Its first restaurant opened in 1956 and became a flourishing business.

The casual dining establishment offers a variety of food and an atmosphere that is relaxing.

Menu

Jersey Mike’s menu covers meals, cold and hot subs, kid meals, side, drinks and desserts, as well as the catering menu. The mini sub will cost you around $4.35 to about $5.00, while the regular sub  $5.45 to nearly $7.00. For the giant sub, this ranges from $10.00 to $12.00.

Like the original Jersey Mike’s, these establishments serve submarine sandwiches made to order, with various meats and cheeses as needed. There are also a variety of condiments available at restaurants.

Most customers top off the sandwich with condiments in the “Mike’s Way”, which involves sliced onions, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, oregano, salt (spices), and “The Juice”—a mixture of red wine vinegar and olive oil.

Review

Jersey Mike’s is known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere. Its employees are very knowledgeable about the company’s history and menu.

The staff at this establishment is known for baking fresh bread every day. They also pride themselves on the quality of their produce and service.

While it has almost 450 locations in the US, most of these are quick-service restaurants that cater to the busy lunch and dinner hours.

In addition, Jersey Mike’s also offers take-out services that allow customers to avoid standing in long lines.

31. Raising Cane’s

Raising Cane’s review

About

Chicken fingers are the only meal at Raising Cane’s. This restaurant chain offers fresh chicken fingers that are hand-made in their restaurant. This uniqueness allows them to serve high-quality meals in a fast and convenient manner. They do it in a fun atmosphere.

The company’s headquarters is in Louisiana, and they needed to expand into Texas. The name “Cane” came from a dog that one of their founders had while they were in Alaska.

In March 2020, many locations stopped offering dine-in service due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Some locations even closed temporarily. However, as of July last year, Some locations reopened their dining rooms as the lockdown eased.

Menu

There are five main combo options at Raising Cane’s. These include the “Caniac Combo”, the “3 Finger Combo”, the “Box Combo”, and the “Sandwich Combo”.

The company also offers a variety of finger sandwiches. They also have a side menu that includes french fries and Texas toast.

We have provided their complete menu list and current prices in this article here.

Review

It is noteworthy that this restaurant features a clean and friendly atmosphere. They do a great job serving fresh chicken fingers. These finger combos are served in a variety of ways. They are often served with a side of fries or a drink.

30. Wingstop

Wingstop review

About

Your love for chicken wings would definitely be accelerated at Wingstop Restaurants because why not?

The chain primarily focuses on offering this meal item in its variety of flavors to their customers.

Wingstop is a fast-growing restaurant chain that started in 1994. It has had over 1,400 restaurants in operation since it started. The company was founded in Texas in 1994

Menu

On their menu, the various options available are the all-in bundle, specials, wings combos, thigh combos, wing group packs, wing and thigh by the piece, their signature tenders, sides, dips, and flavors, drinks with installed entire Coca-Cola machine, and the dessert menu items.

Review

Eating at the restaurant is quite affordable for its food quality as its wings and strips will cost you around $6.00 for 10 wings and $6.00 for 4 strips, while the prices of chicken wing combos could cost around $8.00 and $19.50 depending on the number of wings selected.

Overall, Wingsstop is a favorite eating place that offers a variety of food, including ranch, blue cheese, honey mustard, and more. This establishment has a pleasant atmosphere and is usually visited by families.

29. Bojangles’

Bojangles’. restaurant

About

People in Southern American states can identify with the Cajun-spiced fried chicken and traditional, made-from-scratch, buttermilk biscuits that Bojangles is best known for.

The American regional chain of fast-food restaurants was founded in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1977 by Jack Fulk and Richard Thomas.

In 1981, they had the highest sales average in the country. They were also recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the country.

Menu

The Bojangles menu list covers chicken sandwiches, Biscuit meals, family meals, Boneless chicken favorites, their signature bone-in-chicken meals, salads, kids meal, Fixins, Beverages, sweets, as well as extras.

A look at their menu list and price, it is very reasonably priced and a whole lunch will cost around $10 maximum.

Review

When it comes to Variety in menu items, there are other restaurants that beats Bojangles. However, the establishment cares deeply about providing a clean and inviting place to enjoy their food using high-quality ingredients, so they provide it.

28. Carl’s Jr.

Carl’s Jr. restaurant

About

Carls Jr is a fast-food chain that specializes in serving quick meals. In most cases, these restaurants are usually opened during holiday hours. When you are in a long drive, it is very helpful that you can get something to eat fast at Carls Jr.

Since fast food joints are known for serving fast food, these items are always in demand. Though, one should take care that the food is good for health.

Menu

Other popular menu items in this fastfood joints includes their sourdough star, famous star with cheese, blt ranch angus thickburger, sourdough star, famous star with cheese, blt ranch angus thickburger, double sourdough star, among others

Review

In terms of outlook and atmosphere, the fast food joint can’t compete with other giants because customers do not usually expect a well-decorated eating atmosphere since they are mostly in a hurry when visiting, hence they hardly care if the seats are comfortable or not.

In fact, Some customers complain that while the service here is good, they do not seem to have the right number of staff to handle the great number of daily visitors.

27. Culver’s

culvers restaurant

About

the Culvers begining story began from George who  was the son of a cheesemaker from Wisconsin. In 1964, he and Ruth purchased their first restaurant.

They learned how to serve food with passion and hospitality. This approach became the model for other restaurants.

Menu

Since the year 1984, Culvers Menu is recognized for its special butter burgers, frozen custard, cheese curds, chicken sandwiches, fish, French fries, and salads.  The two popular meals on the Culvers menu list that are customers’ favorite are the ButterBurger and the Fresh Frozen Custard.

Review

There are over 40 varieties of frozen custard at this restaurant. The variety of flavors is endless. The staff is friendly and the food is good. The service is also fast and the prices are reasonable.

26. Five Guys

five guys review

About

Janie and Jerry Murrell opened Five Guys Burgers and Fries in 1986. The restaurant’s name was derived from the couple’s  Jerry and other four sons.

It became a fast-growing restaurant chain that now has more than 1,500 locations in the US. It has been named as the number 1 burger winner of multiple awards.

Menu

Five Guys casual restaurant  is known for their burgers, fries, and hot dogs along with other fast services and that stand out.

Five Guys menu includes their iconic Burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, fries, and varying drinks. You can look at their complete menu list and respective current prices here

Review

One thing customers love here is that they have the option of choosing any toppings they want for no extra charge especially when they buy their hamburger or cheeseburger. In addition, one can even create one’s own personally designed burger.

However, the prices of their menus are usually higher than what you would pay at other fast-food restaurants.

25. Zaxby’s

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About

Zaxby’s is a fast casual restaurant chain that offers chicken wings, finger sandwiches, and salads. The chain has more than 900 locations in the US, but 123 locations are owned by Zaxby’s corporate.

Menu

It is really their chicken sandwiches, crispy salads, kids’ meals, chicken wings, beverages, sides, desserts, and family meals, that make their menu list stand out, as speculated by many of its customers.

But many are particularly always interested in their wings, which is their iconic meal item that is quite affordable. The fast-food casual dining restaurant became very popular chiefly because of the incredible taste of their quality meals that is available on their menu provided here

Review

Based on cross-section of reviews, the wait times here are fair enough as they try serving the orders quickly in just 10 to 15 minutes. Also, it is a good thing that the dining area has more chairs and tables for everyone, making the setting simple and nice.

24. Hardee’s

hardees restaurant

About

Hardee’s restaurants is a fast-food chain operated by CKE Restaurants, Inc. since 1960. The company has over 600 locations in the US.

Menu

The Hardee’s menu features breakfast, burgers, chicken options, salads, sides, desserts, drinks as well as burritos.

While the restaurant is particularly renowned for its burger range with comes in an wide choice of  flavors, one of the most popular menu items remain its Moonshine burger. That particular burger is said to make thousands of customers come back for more. See their complete menu list and latest price here.

Review

Its locations are well-decorated and have plenty of seating options. Their signature star outside of their locations is also used to guide you to their locations, and their menu is of a truth affordable.

It would however be recalled that during the 2000s, several ad campaigns for fast-food chain Hardee’s were criticized due to their sexually-explicit nature. Some of these included “More Than a Piece of Meat,” which featured scantily-clad women eating the company’s products was criticized by the Parents Television Council.

23. Jimmy John’s

jimmy johns restaurant

About

Founded in 1983 with its headquarters in Champaign, Illinois, Jimmy John’s is one of the most popular fast-food chains in the world. It specializes in home delivery services in 43 states.

The food chain is always looking for new locations, and usually, establishes over 200 new locations each year.

In April 2016, they recorded about 2400 locations in the united state, and it is interesting to note that almost 98% of the locations are franchise-owned.

Menu

Apart from their iconic sandwiches that are made of unique quality bread, their menu is also made up of various sub-varieties including the Turkey Breast, Big John, Vegetarian, Jimmy John’s BLT, Gourmet Smoked Ham Club, Club Tuna, Pepe, Jimmy Johns Gargantuan and many more.

In this post here, we listed the current Jimmy Johns menu list items and their respective prices, along with their general opening hours, review, and frequently asked questions.

Review

Jimmy John’s has been serving its customers well for many years. They love the sandwiches and the fast service they provide. The moment you tell the cashier that you want to order something, they will already be preparing it.

The Giant Club Sandwiches are made with various fillings such as roast beef, Genoa salami, smoked ham, or freshly baked turkey breast.

The other great thing about Jimmy John’s is that almost all of its sandwiches are priced under $10 which makes them a great value for budget-conscious customers.

22. Whataburger

whataburger restaurant

About

The people who come to Whataburger are captivated by the restaurant’s famous burgers. Its customization makes the food more satisfying.

Established in Corpus Christi, Texas by Harmon Dobson and Paul Burton in 1950,  the American privately held, regional fast food restaurant chain accounts for over 800 stores across the Southern United States.

In 2015, they received the laurel of Best Burger award from Fast Company.

Menu

The Texas-based American fast-food chain serves fries and other usual fast-food meals, but it is popularly known for its hamburgers.

The restaurant’s menu is decorated with a wide range of hamburgers which includes the Whataburger, Whataburger Jr., Justaburger, and Whatachick’n. the menu also contains taquitos, salads, and breakfast items. see their complete menu list and menu reviews.

Review

The wait times are typically short, and the staff is always friendly. Most people, especially new visitors, enjoy the cleanliness of the restaurant, saying the staff is always polite and welcoming.

The fast-food restaurant chain features a variety of seating options. The concept is similar to other fast-food chains, with varying sizes and tables for different groups.

21. Papa John’s

papa john restaurant

About

Being the fourth largest pizza delivery restaurant chain in the United States, there is nothing lucky about  Papa John’s appearance in the top 50 restaurants in the USA. It is simply quality.

The American pizza restaurant franchise, with its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, literally has restaurant locations on almost every continent with the founder, John Schnatter who started from the back room of his father’s business to building his company to more than 4000 locations.

Menu

Everything and anything on Pizza in its variations, flavors, and sizes along with drinks, desserts, sauces, and extras can be bought in Papa John’s as its menu prices start from 4$ to 38$ maximum.

Review

In 2001, Papa John’s launched their online ordering system, which helped streamline the ordering process and improve customer service. With an extensive pizza menu, Papa John’s is indeed a great place to go for pizza.

20. Popeyes

popeyees restaurant menu reviews

About

Americans really love fried chicken, and Popeye’s restaurant has been able to hack into this to provide good quality fried chicken such that it became prominent over the years.

Officially known as Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, the chain is primarily located throughout the United States with locations also in Toronto Canada, and Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.

The establishment was first opened in 1972 in the New Orleans suburb Arbai, and, at that time, did not do well. However, after re-branding and re-strategizing, the rest is history today.

Menu

While Popeyes is essentially recognized for its fried chicken, they also offer a wide range of other dishes including those based on seafood. From their chicken combos to the dessert menu, access the complete items on Popeyes’ current menu list and price in our recent article.

Review

With a clean and modern look, Popeye’s is a fun place to take the kids to eat their favorite fried chicken dinner. There are various kid menus and family menus to choose from.

Their prices range from 4$ to 38$ and include anything from chicken to seafood. Customers’ favorites include their famous garlic butter shrimp and chicken tenders.

19. Panda Express

panda express restaurant review

About

You know what comes to mind when you hear Panda, yeah? Well, instead of Kung-fu, you are in for one of the best American Chinese cuisine.

With its roots in a Chinese American who opened a restaurant in California, Panda Express has over 2,200 locations and is considered the largest Asian segment restaurant chain in the United States.

Menu

Meal items that can be ordered in this fast-food chain include a variety of food, from chicken to beef, to rice, and various mixed vegetables.

There are also create your own plate options ranging from $6 to $8. One of these options includes a bowl with a side of choice. There are also various kids’ meal options for around $5.

There are also various kid’s meal options that are priced at around $5 each. The family meal comes with three large entrées, as prices are relatively reasonable

Review

The staff members at Panda Express are generally positive about their work experience. They enjoy being a part-time job. The worst times for customers, however, are usually during the lunch rush.

18. Jack in the Box

jack in the box restaurant review

About

The tacos offered at Jack In The Box is particularly what makes people come back to the restaurant, but it also serves popular for its hamburger, fries, and chicken tenders.

The American fast-food restaurant chain was founded on February 21, 1951, by Robert O. Peterson in San Diego, California as it marks its headquarters.

As of now, there are more than 2,200 locations of the establishment, primarily serving the West Coast of the United States.

Menu

In addition to the usual menu items you will find in every other fast-food chain of its kind, Jack in the Box also offers international food varieties such as egg rolls, tacos, and burritos.

Do you think their prices are reasonable? Well, find out here

Review

Significantly, each of its restaurants has its own seating style and graphic collage designs. It can accommodate up to 82 guests maximum.

Some of the dishes recommended for visitors are Wakey Bake Hash, Homestyle Potatoes, and Stuffed Jalapenos. Their Brunch Burger is also recommended.

17. Dairy Queen

dairy queen review

About

Occasionally called D.Q., Dairy Queen is an American chain of soft-serve ice cream and fast-food restaurants. It is a subsidiary of the International Dairy Queen, Inc., which is under the umbrella of  Berkshire Hathaway.

The food chain begin seventy years ago, in the 1940s, and eventually expanded into a successful fast-food franchise.

Menu

With as low as $1, you can get something for yourself on the DQ menu. There is something for everyone, irrespective of their age group or budget. Their menu includes Blizzard Treats, sundaes, shakes & malts, soft Drinks, combos, and other varieties on the Dairy Queen menu.

Review

The stores are open seven days a week. Since they are a casual fast food restaurant, they do not require reservations, dine-in as well as take-out options.

It would have been better if they provide delivery services for those who want to make online orders without leaving their homes or office.

Again, some products are only found in certain locations, while others are found in every location. These products are typically regional or optional menu items.

16. Little Caesars

little caesars restaurant in UK

About

If there is one place you could get high-quality pizzas at pocket-friendly prices in the United States, it would probably be at Little Caesars.

The American pizza chain, according to 2020 statistics, is the third-largest pizza chain by total sales in the United States, following Pizza Hut and Domino’s Pizza. It started on May 8, 1959, in Garden City.

Menu

Unlike other competitors, You can small Pepperoni for less than $5, and many other meals. Asides from pizzas, there are also other items on the Little Caesars’ menu.

This includes Italian Cheese Bread, Zesty Cheese Bread, Cinnamon Bread, Nachos with cheese, Chicken Wings, combos, and other varieties.

Review

The Little Caesars Pizza experience is exactly what you expect from a fast-food restaurant. The staff is friendly and the food is reasonably priced. They also have a great selection of sides and the pizza is served hot in, amazingly, 10 minutes or less.

Laudably, In 2006, the chain launched the Veterans Program, which gives former service members the incentive to open their own businesses.

15. Arby’s

arbys restaurant

About

With more than 3,300 restaurants system-wide, Arby’s is considered the third in terms of revenue as an American fast-food sandwich restaurant chain. It is owned by Inspire Brands and has been serving quality meats in its delicious sandwiches since 1971.

A couple of years ago, the chain was named by Food & Wine as  “America’s second-largest sandwich chain”.

Menu

The Roast Beef Sandwich has been the people’s favorite for a very long time now. Hence, it has been tagged as the best sandwich based on popular consumption. But they offer more, see the complete list of Arby’s menu list in our recent review of the chain.

Review

This establishment has a great selection of quick food and healthy options. The staff is also quick and efficient. This is a great place to go when looking for a quick meal.

For every working day in the week, the restaurant is generally opened from 10 a.m to 11 p.m, but this may vary per location.

Moreover, there are other key restaurants in the USA that are opened for 24 hours a day, and seven days in a week which we have listed in this post

14. KFC

kfc usa

About

There will be so much to say about the second-largest restaurant chain in the world, but a captivating aspect to talk about KFC is significantly on the variable feast of their ‘secret recipe’ Kentucky fried chicken.

The American brand boasts of a rich, decades-long history of success and innovation. The company started in 1930, in Corbin, Kentucky. Presently, KFC has over 24,000 outlets in more than 145 countries aroun the world.

Menu

No matter where you live, there should be a KFC outlet around your area and if there isn’t, you should be able to make an order online.

The options available on their menu are all based around their signature chicken which includes burgers, wraps, salads, sides, desserts, and soft drinks.

Review

Chances are you have visited a KFC location twice or more, or at least, once eaten any of their product, and so, we leave the judgment for you. However, it is a general truth that their items are priced reasonably and locations aesthetically pleasing.

13. Sonic Drive-In

sonic drive thru

About

With its headquarters sitting in Oklahoma City, Sonic Corp., also known as SONIC, is a fast-food restaurant chain established in the 1960s and owned by Inspire Brands, owners of Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby’s.

As of 2021, there are over 3,529 Sonic restaurants in the US. The fast-casual restaurant chain, being the 13th in the QSR Magazine rankings, is known for its use of Carhops on roller skates as it annually holds a comptition to determine the best of its carhops.

Menu

Sonic Drive-in has continuously reviewed and updated its menu list to bring satisfaction to customers’ needs, see all you want to know about their menu list and price, as well as the sonic allergen menu right here

Review

If you’re looking for a place to eat out that has a bit of a twist, then head to Sonic Drive-In. If you’re after an affordable meal and good service then this is the place for you. It is not really a fancy kind of place.

12. Chipotle

chipotle

About

The giant Chipotle restaurant we see today started with an initial 16 locations all based in Colorado. Founded in 1993 by Steve Ellis, a classically trained chef, the institution was focused on using great quality ingredients that are grown or produced locally with a big emphasis on responsible farming and agriculture.

Menu

The Mexican-oriented restaurant chain has a menu with four major items which are: burritos, bowls, tacos, and salads.

However, you will also be presented with a range of customizable choices in addition to each of the main menu items. These customizable choices include rice, beans, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, and four different types of salsa.

Review

This restaurant has a long queue sometimes since it is very popular, but it’s worth it. With the ability to pre-order online or use the app, you can save yourself a lot of time while you wait in line. In addition, the staff are speedy and encourage a welcoming atmosphere for visitors.

11. Pizza Hut

pizza hut

About

Pizza Hut is an American fast-food restaurant chain founded in 1958 in Wichita, Kansas. It serves Italian-American dishes such as pizza and pasta and employs over 100,000 people globally.

The Franchise slogan is Flavor of Now. This is a way for the brands to improve themselves and grow, as it has achieved consistent success throughout the years.

Menu

The same quality of Pizza when the brothers started in 1958 is still being maintained to date. However, the Pizza Company has expanded and included many other items in her menu, asides from pizzas. Now, you can find chicken wings, sides, pasta, desserts, and drinks on the Pizza Hut Menu.

Review

In the end, we have gathered that the staff can be nice, the staff can be mean as it depends on the location you visit and culture. And that their workers are paid handsomely. How true is this? Our team have been able to  decipher after an extensive research as contain in our recent post.

Well, the same goes for the hygiene factor. Overall, the ambiance is usually relaxed.

10. Panera Bread

panera bread

About

With a focus on freshly baked food, Panera Bread Company is an American chain store with over 2,000 locations, all of which are across the United States and Canada. Its headquarters are in Sunset Hills, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis

Menu

Their menu includes the You Pick Two category, Sandwiches, Salads, Soups & Mac, Pizza, Add&Save Flatbread Pizza, Bakery, Beverages , Breakfast, Available before 10:30 am , Family Feast Value Meals, Value Duets, New & Seasonal, Warm Bowls, Add&Save Warm Bowls, Kids Menu, as well as Sides & Spreads.

Review

Based on experience in most locations, it will take approximately 30 minutes to get your meal delivered from the time ordered. While this can be better when compared to time in competing chains,  the order placement process on the website is simple and the food tastes great.

9. Domino’s

dominos pizza

About

With over 10,000 stores in 73 countries, it will be strange to know that the word domino’s pizza does not ring a bell to you, except you live in Mongolia where they haven’t establish an outlet yet.

The world-famous pizza chain started in 1960 as a traditional pizzeria and has now gained recognition globally as one of the best pizza chains in the universe as they rank among the top 10 best restaurants in the USA.

Menu

Apart from their iconic pizza, the food chain offers chicken, sandwiches, pasta, bread, desserts, sides, drinks, and a lot more. See all the domino’s menu list and current prices

Review

One amazing thing about Domino’s is that pizza and every other thing on the menu is made-to-order. You have the power to decide how your pizza should be prepared and what it should be prepared with.

However, what many may not know, which is a downside of the famous restaurant is the fact that  It uses a bread-based dough that has a high gluten content for the crust, of which most of their competitors use traditional dough that is lower in gluten.

8. Dunkin’

dunkins restaurant

About

Dunkin’ Donuts is a very popular coffee and bakery chain in the US. The chain is a leader in hot, iced, and flavored coffee. Founded by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts, in 1950, Their products are made with a friendly smile and are served fast.

Menu

It is no news that Coffee and the Donuts are customers’ favorite, but there are other dishes currently available on the Dunkin menu list that are highly recommended.

Review

One incredibly special thing about Dunkin Donut’s menu is that they offer around fifty types of delicious donuts, and around a dozen types of coffee beverages served with bagels, sandwiches, and baked products. Where else can you be presented with such variety?

7. Burger King

burger king restraurant

About

Burger King is a blown fast-food chain that is known for its Whopper Burger signature. In fact, it is the third-largest fast-food chain in the country.

They also have two charitable organizations such as the Have It Your Way Foundation, which is a non-profit corporation that works to improve the lives of people in need.

The other charitable organization that’s affiliated with the NFL is the McLamore Foundation. It provides scholarships to students from the US and its territories.

Menu

Presently, Burger King Menu contains up to 90 different fast food selections classified under 9 major groups. These groups include the main menu, value menu, Sides, Salads, Desserts, Coffees & Iced Teas, Drinks, Real Fruit Smoothies & Frappes, and the Kids’ menu.

Review

Expect to get in and out of the restaurant in less than five minutes. But, this is usually not the case during busy hours. With more than 50 locations across the country, Burger King lets you order and eat your food wherever you are.

The menu is made with fresh food and low prices, and they have a variety of popular items. The staff is also friendly and welcoming, and they have a clean and well-kept restaurant.

6. Wendy’s

wendy restaurant

About

Wendy’s has over 6,000 locations in more than 60 countries. It has been known for its commitment to environmental friendliness and energy conservation.

Founded by Dave Thomas on November 15, 1969, This restaurant is known for serving mouth-watering food such as sea salt fries and square burgers, and it has expanded its menu to cater to the varying tastes of its customers.

Menu

The notable items on Wendy’s menu list which customers buy a lot are their Frosty dessert, Dave’s, big classic, Bacon Mushroom Melt, Ciabatta Bacon Cheeseburger, and of course, their popular Black bean burger. Find out Wendy’s opening hours for these dishes here

Review

Wendy’s company logo is probably one of the reasons why so many kids love to eat at Wendy’s. It shows one of Dave Thomas’ children. Being around for over 60 years, this fast-food chain is known for its courteous and professional servers.

5. Chick-fil-A

chick-a-fil-a restaurant

About

The Chick-fil-A brand was established in 1946 by Samuel Truett Cathy. He started the Dwarf Grill restaurant chain.

Due to the success of Chick-fil-A in the 1970s and 1980s, the fast-food giant expanded into other parts of the US. The company also expanded its reach by developing various distribution methods.

Mall-based establishments, drive-thrus, and stand-alone restaurants have become the norm in the fried chicken market.

Menu

Based on data collected in 2018, the most ordered items on the restaurant menu were the waffle fries, soft drinks, chicken nuggets, or the original chicken sandwich. These items are available at every Chick-fil-A location. Some locations offer a close-to-the-full menu option while others have the entire menu.

Review

The commitment of the company in making sure that your food is as fresh as possible, coupled with swiftly mobilized delivery services is probably what has accelerated them to this ranking.

4. Taco Bell

taco bell

About

Mexican cuisine at affordable prices is all that jungles from the Taco Bell. Established in Irvine, California in 1962, by founder Glen Bell, the giant restaurant, as of 2018, had served over two billion customers each year, at 7,072 restaurants.

Menu

With Taco Bell, you have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of breakfast options at specified locations, and also dinner options. The Taco Bell menu serves made-to-order and customizable tacos, burritos, quesadillas, nachos, vegetarian options, fountain drinks, and desserts.

Review

It is very clear that they have mastered the art of making the best Mexican fast food. Their impeccable service and quality ingredients have made them a favorite among the locals and visitors to Mexico, so it is no surprise that they are among the top 5 restaurants in the USA today.

3. Subway

subway

About

Considered as a home of the submarine sandwich, the famous Subway started off as Pete’s Super Submarines by a young Fred DeLuca, along with his business partner Dr. Pete Buck in Bridgeport.

Over the years, Subway started its global expansion and eventually become one of the largest fast-food chains in the entire world, and also considered the largest fast-food advertiser in the world.

Menu

Subway is the place where you can get Sandwiches, Fresh melts, Protein bowls, signature Wraps, salads, sides, pizzas, and many more. As for Breakfast, they serve Bacon, Egg & Cheese, Steak, Egg, & Cheese, and other wraps.

Review

Subway has maintained its place as the biggest fast-food chain by providing a variety of healthy and affordable meals. They also strive to improve their service by always striving for a better product.

It is still surprising, however, that while their slogan is “Eat fresh”, some notable food critics say there is still some untold truths about Subway not meeting up with trends health-wise related.

2. Starbucks

starbucks restaurant

About

The success story of Starbucks can be drawn from their selection of specialty coffees, of which they also offer a variety of cold drinks, teas, fresh juices, snacks, and sandwiches.

As the world’s biggest coffeehouse chain, Starbucks is considered to be the second wave of coffee culture in the US. As of September 2020, the company has 32,660 stores globally.

Menu

At the famous restaurant, you can order from a wide range of coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and more. There are also a variety of hot and cold beverages.

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Normally, you hear terms like Small, Medium, Large & Extra Large used by other Fast-Food chains menu, but at Starbucks, you will hear different terms like Tall, Grande, Venti, Trenta. Indicating a uniqueness can be misleading if not explained to a new visitor.

But you can learn their menu list and price terms here, anyway. Also, the waiting times can be a little longer than expected due to the chain’s popularity and crowd sometimes.

1. McDonald’s

McDonald’s restaurant

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McDonald’s needs no introduction. The world-famous fast-food company has undoubtedly become the first port of call for eating out. Ranked as the number #1 restaurant in the whole of USA, the fast-food chain is the largest restaurant chain by revenue globally as it serves over 69 million customers daily in over 100 countries across 37,855 outlets, according to data in 2018.

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Although McDonald’s is known for its famous hamburgers, the fast-food giant also offers a variety of other food products such as chicken dishes, breakfast items, and soft drinks.

In response to the backlash that they received due to the unhealthiness of their food, the company has added a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables to their menu.

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Everyone is attracted to success, and this has played out in the story of Mcdonald’s in its rising to the top. If there is something not cool about the restaurant that nobody is talking about, it would be on the basis that experience is determined by the location one visits as it is a worldwide franchise company.

It’s a wrap!

This brings us to the end of this extensive article as we have been able to list the top 50 largest fast-food chains in the U.S. by sales in 2021 using QSR Magazine’s annual ranking of restaurants in the USA, and have also provided insight into the types of foods Americans crave.

Variety, they say, is the spice of life. If you aren’t a fan of all, there is most likely a certain food chain that you love. And it is our sure bet that your favorite is among the ones we have listed and reviewed in the above article.

Daniel is a senior news editor leading TheFoodMenu's coverage of America's favorite fast foods and restaurant chains. You can send him a tip or reach him at Daniel@thefoodmenus.com.

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