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