Industry News | November 16, 2017 | QSR Exclusive Brief

Wendy's: America's Favorite Fast Food Chain

Wendy's is America's favorite fast food chain.
Wendy's ranks No. 1, according to a recent poll. flickr: Mike Mozart
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On National Fast Food Day, one brand has special reason to celebrate. Crowdsourcing site Ranker.com compiled a list of Top Fast Food Brands based on a poll of more than 211,000 votes, and classic burger chain Wendy’s came out on top.

Beating out more than 100 competitors, Wendy’s clinched the No. 1 spot. Subway was the runner-up, and KFC claimed the bronze.

Wendy’s held the top place when filtered by women’s votes but ceded the lead to Subway when filtered by men’s votes. The Ohio-based chain was the No. 1 pick for boomers and millennials but took second place to Arby’s for Gen Xers.

Wendy’s is working hard to maintain that popularity: The Freckled Lady moved up two spots on the most recent QSR 50 report and just added Chicken Tenders and a Side of S’Awesome Sauce to its menu last month. Just last week the chain announced it planned to offer delivery via DashDoor to 2,500 restaurants in 48 markets before the close of the calendar year.

In the third quarter, Wendy's same-store sales in North America increased 2 percent, which represented its 19th consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales. The brand opened 42 new restaurants in the third quarter and has opened 110 units year-to-date, which is almost 30 more than this time a year ago.

Here is the Top 50:

  1. Wendy’s
  2. Subway
  3. KFC
  4. Taco Bell
  5. Chick-fil-A
  6. Dairy Queen
  7. Five Guys
  8. Arby’s
  9. Burger King
  10. In-N-Out Burger
  11. Chipotle
  12. Sonic Drive-In
  13. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
  14. Dunkin’ Donuts
  15. A&W Restaurants
  16. Little Caesars
  17. Jimmy John’s
  18. Carl’s Jr.
  19. Steak ‘n Shake
  20. Papa John’s
  21. White Castle
  22. Jack in the Box
  23. Boston Market
  24. Whataburger
  25. Quiznos
  26. Checkers and Rally’s
  27. Hardee’s
  28. Culver’s
  29. McDonald’s
  30. Firehouse Subs
  31. Smash Burger
  32. Sbarro
  33. Qdoba Mexican Grill
  34. Long John Silver’s
  35. Tim Hortons
  36. Moe’s Southwest Grill
  37. Starbucks
  38. Del Taco
  39. Pizza Hut
  40. Baja Fresh
  41. Jason’s Deli
  42. Domino’s
  43. El Pollo Loco
  44. Fatburger
  45. Fazoli’s
  46. Schlotzsky’s
  47. Zaxby’s
  48. Jersey Mike’s
  49. Wingstop
  50. Captain D’s

Click here to see the full list of rankings.