Special Report | August 2012 | By Sam Oches

The QSR 50

These 50 brands are setting the pace in the quick-service and fast-casual restaurant industries.

These 50 brands are setting the pace in the quick-service industry.
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How high did Five Guys climb? What newcomers are shaking up the ranks? And can anybody beat McDonald’s? Find all of the industry answers you need in this year’s QSR 50, the most important report you'll read all year.

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QSR 50 RankCompany/Chain Name2011 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)2011 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)sort ascendingNumber of Total Units in 2011Total Change in Units from 2010
45Baskin-Robbins*$495.9$200.02,457-43
26Quiznos*$921.6$345.02,503-334
23Little Caesars*$1,480.0$465.03,518305
2Subway*$11,400.0$469.024,722872
16Dairy Queen*$2,660.0$545.06,187-26
33Papa Murphy’s$695.9$559.51,28342
35Long John Silver’s*$635.0$670.0932-32
12Domino’s Pizza*$3,437.9$679.04,907-22
49Sbarro$420.0$690.0611-70
28Church’s Chicken$864.3$698.61,212-33
18Papa John’s$2,213.6$786.03,001130
27Jimmy John’s*$895.0$821.81,329199
48Captain D’s$433.3$832.0519-12
7Dunkin’ Donuts*$6,500.0$850.07,015115
34Checkers/Rally’s$669.0$852.0780-18
14Arby’s$3,021.9$854.03,437-86
8Pizza Hut$5,500.0$875.07,60058
47Einstein Bros. Bagels$439.0$884.053440
43CiCi’s Pizza$516.0$895.4573-21
9KFC$4,500.0$940.04,780-275
42Qdoba Mexican Grill$528.7$961.058358
11Sonic Drive-In$3,692.8$1,037.03,561-11
46Tim Hortons$473.0$1,069.0714112
19Hardee’s$2,100.0$1,100.01,9213
37Del Taco$590.7$1,100.053210
40Boston Market$532.0$1,102.0481-10
50Krystal*$404.9$1,121.0357-7
20Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen*$1,720.0$1,133.81,62758
3Starbucks*1$9,750.0$1,140.010,821-310
25Five Guys Burgers & Fries$950.6$1,156.0918182
21Panda Express$1,570.8$1,157.01,42097
5Burger King*$8,400.0$1,248.07,231-33
36White Castle$631.7$1,250.3410-5
6Taco Bell$7,000.0$1,284.05,67036
15Jack in the Box$2,946.3$1,331.02,22115
22Carl’s Jr.$1,500.0$1,400.01,11664
38El Pollo Loco*$545.0$1,425.0394-18
4Wendy’s*$8,500.0$1,456.06,59418
29Zaxby’s$840.0$1,597.254026
31Bojangles’$767.4$1,600.150621
30Steak ‘n Shake*$823.9$1,650.04914
32Culver’s$747.1$1,712.944420
24Whataburger$1,311.2$1,801.072811
44In-N-Out Burger*$498.5$1,925.026614
17Chipotle Mexican Grill2$2,270.0$2,013.01,225150
39Jason’s Deli$534.1$2,200.023312
41Krispy Kreme*$531.7$2,290.02345
13Panera Bread$3,400.0$2,304.31,54188
1McDonald’s$34,172.0$2,500.014,09871
10Chick-fil-A$4,051.0$2,893.51,60669