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