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