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 Namesort ascending2011 U.S. Systemwide Sales (millions)2011 U.S. Average Sales per Unit (thousands)Number of Total Units in 2011Total Change in Units from 2010
14Arby’s$3,021.9$854.03,437-86
45Baskin-Robbins*$495.9$200.02,457-43
31Bojangles’$767.4$1,600.150621
40Boston Market$532.0$1,102.0481-10
5Burger King*$8,400.0$1,248.07,231-33
48Captain D’s$433.3$832.0519-12
22Carl’s Jr.$1,500.0$1,400.01,11664
34Checkers/Rally’s$669.0$852.0780-18
10Chick-fil-A$4,051.0$2,893.51,60669
17Chipotle Mexican Grill2$2,270.0$2,013.01,225150
28Church’s Chicken$864.3$698.61,212-33
43CiCi’s Pizza$516.0$895.4573-21
32Culver’s$747.1$1,712.944420
16Dairy Queen*$2,660.0$545.06,187-26
37Del Taco$590.7$1,100.053210
12Domino’s Pizza*$3,437.9$679.04,907-22
7Dunkin’ Donuts*$6,500.0$850.07,015115
47Einstein Bros. Bagels$439.0$884.053440
38El Pollo Loco*$545.0$1,425.0394-18
25Five Guys Burgers & Fries$950.6$1,156.0918182
19Hardee’s$2,100.0$1,100.01,9213
44In-N-Out Burger*$498.5$1,925.026614
15Jack in the Box$2,946.3$1,331.02,22115
39Jason’s Deli$534.1$2,200.023312
27Jimmy John’s*$895.0$821.81,329199
9KFC$4,500.0$940.04,780-275
41Krispy Kreme*$531.7$2,290.02345
50Krystal*$404.9$1,121.0357-7
23Little Caesars*$1,480.0$465.03,518305
35Long John Silver’s*$635.0$670.0932-32
1McDonald’s$34,172.0$2,500.014,09871
21Panda Express$1,570.8$1,157.01,42097
13Panera Bread$3,400.0$2,304.31,54188
18Papa John’s$2,213.6$786.03,001130
33Papa Murphy’s$695.9$559.51,28342
8Pizza Hut$5,500.0$875.07,60058
20Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen*$1,720.0$1,133.81,62758
42Qdoba Mexican Grill$528.7$961.058358
26Quiznos*$921.6$345.02,503-334
49Sbarro$420.0$690.0611-70
11Sonic Drive-In$3,692.8$1,037.03,561-11
3Starbucks*1$9,750.0$1,140.010,821-310
30Steak ‘n Shake*$823.9$1,650.04914
2Subway*$11,400.0$469.024,722872
6Taco Bell$7,000.0$1,284.05,67036
46Tim Hortons$473.0$1,069.0714112
4Wendy’s*$8,500.0$1,456.06,59418
24Whataburger$1,311.2$1,801.072811
36White Castle$631.7$1,250.3410-5
29Zaxby’s$840.0$1,597.254026