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