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Best Fast Food Restaurant Chains in the World

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The McDonald's Corporation is the world's largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries across 35,000 outlets.

Founder:Ray KrocFounded:1948,San Bernardino, California, United StatesHeadquarters: Oak Brook,IL,United States of AmericaCEO:Donald Thompson


Subway is an American fast food restaurant franchise that primarily sells submarine sandwiches and salads. It is owned and operated by Doctor's Associates, Inc.

CEO: Fred DeLucaFounders: Peter Buck, Fred DeLucaFounded: August 28, 1965, Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States

3.Starbucks Coffee

Starbucks Corporation,doing business as Starbucks Coffee, is an American global coffee company and coffeehouse chain based in Seattle, Washington.

CEO: Howard SchultzFounded: March 30, 1971, Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington, United StatesHeadquarters: Seattle, WA, United States of AmericaFounders: Gordon Bowker, Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl

4.Burger King

Burger King, often abbreviated as BK, is a global chain of hamburger fast food restaurants headquartered in unincorporated Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States.

CEO: Daniel S. SchwartzFounded: 1954, Miami, Florida, United StatesFounders: David Edgerton, James McLamore


Wendy's is an American international fast food chain restaurant founded by Dave Thomas on November 15, 1969, in Columbus, Ohio, United States. The company moved its headquarters to Dublin, Ohio, on January 29, 2006.

Founded: 1969

Founders: John T. Schuessler, Dave Thomas

CEO:Roland C. Smith

6.Taco Bell

Taco Bell is an American chain of fast-food restaurants based in Irvine, California. A subsidiary of Yum!

Founder: Glen BellFounded: March 21, 1962, Downey, California, United StatesCEO: Brian Niccol

7.Dunkin' Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts is an American global doughnut company and coffeehouse chain based in Canton, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1950 by William Rosenberg in Quincy, Massachusetts.

CEO: Nigel TravisFounder: William RosenbergFounded: 1950, Quincy, Massachusetts, United States

8.Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut is an American restaurant chain and international franchise, known for pizza and side dishes, it is now corporately known as Pizza Hut, Inc. and is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., the world's largest restaurant company.

Founded: June 15, 1958, Wichita, Kansas, United StatesCEO: Scott BergrenFounders: Dan Carney, Frank Carney


KFC is a fast food restaurant chain that specializes in fried chicken and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, in the United States.

Founder:Colonel SandersFounded: 1930,North Corbin, Kentucky, United StatesCEO:Muktesh Pant

10.Applebee's Neighborhood Grill &Bar

Applebees International, Inc., is an American company which develops, franchises, and operates the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar restaurant chain.

Founded:1980,Decatur, Georgia, United StatesFounders:TJ Palmer,Bill Palmer


Chick-fil-A is an American fast food restaurant chain headquartered in the Atlanta suburb of College Park, Georgia, specializing in chicken sandwiches.

Founder:S. Truett CathyFounded:1946,Hapeville, Georgia, United StatesCEO:Dan T. Cathy

12.Sonic, America's Drive-In

Sonic Corp. is an American drive-in fast-food restaurant chain based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As of August 31,2011, there were 3,561 restaurants in 43 U.S. states, serving approximately 3 million customers per day.

Founded:Shawnee, Oklahoma(1953)Founder:Troy SmithHeadquarters:Oklahoma City,Oklahoma, United States

13.Olive Garden

Olive Garden is an American casual dining restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American cuisine. It is a subsidiary of Darden Restaurants, Inc., which is headquartered in unincorporated Orange County, Florida, near Orlando.

Founder: Curtis DaytonFounded: 1982, Orlando, Florida, United States

14.Chili's Grill & Bar

Chili's Grill & Bar is an international casual dining restaurant chain that features Tex-Mex-style cuisine. The company was founded by Larry Levine in Texas in 1975 and is currently owned and operated by Brinker International.

Founded:March13,1975Founder:Larry LavineHeadquarters:6820 LBJ FreewayDallas, Texas,U.S.

15.Domino's Pizza

Domino's is an American restaurant chain and international franchise pizza delivery corporation headquartered at the Domino Farms Office Park in Ann Arbor Charter Township, Michigan, United States, near Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Founder:Tom MonaghanFounded:June 10,1960,Ypsilanti, Michigan, United StatesCEO:J. Patrick Doyle

16.Panera Bread

Panera Bread is a chain of bakery-caf fast casual restaurants in the United States and Canada. Its headquarters are in Sunset Hills, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, and operates as Saint Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Founded:Kirkwood,Missouri (1981)Founder:Louis Kane Ken Rosenthal Ronald M. Shaich

17.Jack in the Box

Jack in the Box is an American fast-food restaurant founded in 1951 by Robert O. Peterson in San Diego, California, where it is still headquartered today.

CEO: Leonard A. CommaFounder: Robert O. PetersonFounded: 1951, San Diego, California


Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. is the second largest quick-service sandwich chain in the U.S. with more than 3,400 restaurants system wide.

Founded:July 23,1964,Youngstown, Ohio, United StatesCEO:Paul BrownFounders:Leroy Raffel,Forrest Raffel

19.Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen, often abbreviated DQ, is a chain of soft serve and fast food restaurants owned by International Dairy Queen, Inc, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. It also owns Orange Julius and Karmelkorn.

CEO:John GainorFounder:John Fremont McCulloughFounded:June 22,1940,Joliet, Illinois, United States

20.Red Lobster

Red Lobster is an American casual dining restaurant chain that is headquartered in Orlando, Florida. The company has operations in Canada, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Japan, in addition to the United States.

Founded: March 1968,Lakeland, Florida, United StatesCEO:Kim A LopdrupFounders:Charley Woodsby, Bill Darden


IHOP is a United Statesbased restaurant chain that specializes in breakfast foods. It is owned by DineEquity, with 99% of the restaurants run by independent franchisees.

Founded:1958Founders:Al Lapin,Jerry Lapin


Denny's is a full-service pancake house/coffee shop/fast casual family restaurant chain. It operates over 1,600 restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Dominican Republic, El Salvador.

Founder:Harold ButlerFounded:1953,Lakewood, California, United StatesCEO:John C. Miller

23.Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse is an Australian-themed American casual dining restaurant chain based in Tampa, Florida with over 1200 locations in 23 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Founder: Chris T. SullivanFounded: February 1988, Tampa, Florida, United States

24.Chipotle Mexican Grill/Chipotle

Chipotle Mexican Grill, a chain of restaurants in the United States, United Kingdom,Canada,Germany,and France,specializing in burritos and tacos. Its name derives from chipotle, the Mexican Spanish name for a smoked and dried jalapeo chili pepper.

Founded:July 13, 1993Founder:Steve EllsHeadquarters:Denver,Colorado,U.S.

25.Papa John's Pizza

Papa John's Pizza is an American restaurant company and is the fourth largest take-out and pizza delivery restaurant chain in the United States with headquarters in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, a suburb of Louisville.

Founder: John SchnatterFounded: October 2, 1984CEO: John Schnatter

26.Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar is an American casual dining restaurant and sports bar franchise in the United States, Canada and Mxico that is known for its Buffalo wings and sauces. The restaurant's current tagline is Wings. Beer. Sports..

Founder:James DisbrowFounded:1982,Columbus, Ohio, United StatesCEO:Sally J. Smith

27.Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is an American chain of combined restaurant and gift stores with a Southern country theme.

Founder: Dan EvinsFounded:September 19,1969Lebanon, Tennessee, United StatesCEO: Sandra B. Cochran


Hardee's Food Systems,Inc.,is an American fast-food restaurant chain, which predominantly operates in the Southern and Midwestern states. It has evolved through several corporate ownerships since its establishment in 1960.

Founder:Wilbur HardeeFounded:1960,Greenville, North Carolina, United StatesCEO:Andrew Puzder

29.T.G.I. Friday's

TGI Friday's is an American restaurant chain focusing on casual dining. The company is a unit of the Sentinel Capital Partners and TriArtisan Capital Partners, who purchased the company from Carlson Companies in May 2014.

CEO:Nicholas Paul ShepherdFounder:Alan StillmanFounded:1965,New York City, New York, United States


7-Eleven or 7-11 is an international chain of convenience stores that operate primarily as a franchise. 7-Eleven Inc. is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and its parent company, Seven-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd., is located in Tokyo, Japan.

CEO: Joseph DePintoFounder: Joe C. ThompsonFounded: 1927

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