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2018 leaders in limited service

The top quick-service and fast-casual chain among the Top 500.
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Top 500


Once again, more than 80% of the limited-service segment’s sales came from QSRs, though fast casuals posted stronger growth, in terms of both sales and units. In both segments, tech-based changes continued to drive innovation, with QSRs and fast casuals ramping up delivery as well as continuing to focus on mobile-based order-and-pay solutions.

Limited-service segment growth by segment

  • 3.9% — Top 500 overall limited-service sales growth
  • 8.8% — Top 500 fast-casual sales growth
  • 2.9% — Top 500 quick-service sales growth

Quick Service

2018 RankChain Name2017 US Sales ($000)2017 US Units
1McDonald's $37,63914,036
2Starbucks$17,650*13,930
3Subway$10,80025,908
4Taco Bell$9,7906,446
5Burger King$9,645*7,226
6Wendy's$9,3105,769
7Chick-fil-A$9,0202,261
8Dunkin’ Donuts$8,4589,141
9Domino’s$5,9255,587
10Pizza Hut$5,5107,522
12KFC$4,4174,109
14Sonic Drive-In$4,4083,593
18Little Caesars$3,722*4,332
19Dairy Queen$3,6434,455
20Arby’s$3,6343,283
22Jack in the Box$3,4692,251
25Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen$2,015*2,212
26Papa John’s$2,0093,314
32Hardee’s$2,290*1,874
34Whataburger$2,278821
37Golden Corral$1,758489
40Carl’s Jr.$1,527*1,157
42Culver’s$1,426641
45Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘N Biscuits$1,276761
46Steak ‘n Shake$1,087*1,027
52In-N-Out Burger$908*331
53Krispy Kreme$891*316
56El Pollo Loco$839*473
57Papa Murphy’s Pizza$8321,483
60Del Taco$783564
61Church’s Chicken$774*1,078
62Tim Hortons$760*705
74Baskin-Robbins$6062,560
77Auntie Anne’s$5591,309
78Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen$553531
79Checkers Drive-In Restaurants$552572
80Marco’s Pizza$549967
81White Castle$547381
85Jamba Juice$523*802
88Potbelly Sandwich Shop$459476
89Long John Silver’s$455*940
91Round Table Pizza$444429
92Cicis$439*444
96Hungry Howie's Pizza$403552
97Chuck E. Cheese's$402*549
100Krystal Co.$394363
101Tropical Smoothie Cafe$393628
102Charleys Philly Steaks$388*497
103Cold Stone Creamery$382923
105Jet's Pizza$374*400
108Taco John's$367392
119Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy Stores$336*280
124Smoothie King$313*243
130Rally’s Hamburgers$292304
132Peet’s Coffee & Tea$284*241
138Wienerschnitzel$262*323
140Caribou Coffee$259*395
142Godfather’s Pizza$252*514
147Sizzler$244*123
151Sbarro$236342
152Dutch Bros. Coffee$235*288
153Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes$235*97
154Pizza Ranch$234203
156A&W All-American Food$226629
167Luby’s$21588
174Old Country Buffet/HomeTown Buffet$206*70
185Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt$187*424
189Sarku Japan$184*205
196Cinnabon$177882
199Yogurtland$171*258
200Quiznos$170*374
204Golden Chick$164*179
214Jack's$152*149
220Wetzel's Pretzels$144*290
224Togo's Sandwiches$141*240
225Mountain Mike's Pizza$140*192
227Roy Rogers Restaurants$13955
233Biggby Coffee$132*249
237Pizza Pro$129*440
238Villa Fresh Italian Kitchen$128*221
240Great American Cookies$128*348
243The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf$127265
245Papa Gino's Pizzeria$127*149
247Gatti's Pizza$12582
248Rita's Ice$124*585
249Ponderosa/Bonanza$12276
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate

Fast Casual

2018 RankChain Name2017 US Sales ($000)2017 US Units
11Panera Bread$5,465*2,050
13Chipotle Mexican Grill$4,4152,364
24Panda Express$3,1142,011
30Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches$2,358*2,819
36Zaxby’s$1,933*899
41Five Guys Burgers and Fries$1,4361,321
47Wingstop$1,0471,027
49Jersey Mike’s Subs$9741,343
50Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers$966352
59Qdoba Mexican Eats$822726
64Moe’s Southwest Grill$715705
65Firehouse Subs$7151,088
69McAlister’s Deli$656409
70Jason’s Deli$646273
73Dickey’s Barbecue Pit$613564
76Boston Market$593*459
82Einstein Bros. Bagels$543*695
84Noodles & Co.$526478
94Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers$411281
104Corner Bakery Cafe$374187
109Shake Shack$358100
110Pollo Tropical$358154
111Pei Wei Asian Diner$355*211
112The Habit Burger Grill$354209
114Au Bon Pain$344212
116Schlotzsky's$342368
117Portillo's$338*52
120Smashburger$333*332
121Zoes Kitchen$318243
129Taco Cabana$294175
136Blaze Pizza$271230
137MOD Pizza$270297
155Fazoli’s$229210
160Which Wich Superior Sandwiches$222*415
162Newk’s Eatery$221116
163Rubio’s$220*191
169Fuddruckers$212*170
171Penn Station East Coast Subs$208*313
172Cafe Rio Mexican Grill$208*313
177Taco Bueno$200*184
179la Madeleine Country French Cafe$197*88
181Le Pain Quotidien$194*87
184Fuzzy’s Taco Shop$188*142
187Pret a Manger$185*93
188Torchy's Tacos$18552
195Bruegger’s Bagels$178*230
203Donatos Pizza$167160
207WaBa Grill$161*179
209Farmer Boys$158*89
210Baja Fresh Mexican Grill$156*143
215BurgerFi$150*92
229Freebirds World Burrito$136*80
230Tijuana Flats$136*136
234PDQ $131*60
241Wayback Burgers$128*135
242Pollo Campero$12877
Source: Technomic's Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report; *Technomic estimate

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