Sometimes it can be easy to forget just how big Subway is. For instance, the sandwich chain, in 2017, had nearly 12,000 more domestic units than McDonald’s. That’s just one of the eye-opening reminders found on this year’s QSR 50, which annually breaks down the quick-service landscape according to its most-telling metrics: Unit count, sales, average-unit volume, and more.
Here’s a look at where the biggest brands in America stack up, how they’re growing, which are retracting, and which icons are outperforming everybody else. The unit counts are by U.S. restaurants in 2017.