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