Wendy's: America's Favorite Fast Food Chain

    Industry News | November 16, 2017
    Wendy's is America's favorite fast food chain.

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    Wendy's ranks No. 1, according to a recent poll.

    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.