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    These are the 50 top limited-service restaurant brands in the U.S.

    Fast casual has stormed the QSR 50 in the last few years, with Panera Bread entering the top 10 and Chipotle close at its heels. That trend continued in 2015; Panera and Chipotle each padded their sales, with the latter leap-frogging both Sonic and KFC in the rankings. (Of course, Chipotle’s food-safety woes struck at the end of 2015, a sales hit that will likely be reflected in next year’s QSR 50). Elsewhere in fast casual, a pair of sandwich chains—Jersey Mike’s and Firehouse Subs—continued their incredible momentum up the list, while Wingstop similarly managed to jump multiple spots in the rankings.

    Fast casual has stormed the QSR 50 in the last few years, with Panera Bread entering the top 10 and Chipotle close at its heels.

    Fast casual has stormed the QSR 50 in the last few years, with Panera Bread entering the top 10 and Chipotle close at its heels.

    Fast casual has stormed the QSR 50 in the last few years, with Panera Bread entering the top 10 and Chipotle close at its heels.

    Fast casual has stormed the QSR 50 in the last few years, with Panera Bread entering the top 10 and Chipotle close at its heels.

    Fast casual has stormed the QSR 50 in the last few years, with Panera Bread entering the top 10 and Chipotle close at its heels.

    Fast casual has stormed the QSR 50 in the last few years, with Panera Bread entering the top 10 and Chipotle close at its heels.

    Fast casual has stormed the QSR 50 in the last few years, with Panera Bread entering the top 10 and Chipotle close at its heels.

    Top QSR chains promote healthy active lifestyles through nutritious food and wellness programs.
    Honoring those brands going the extra mile for health and wellness.
    These 26 women are advancing the fast-casual industry.
    Fast casual chefs explore innovative flavors in upscale but casual restaurant concepts.

    Humanely raised flank steak with a house-made au jus.

    Wood-fired, milk-braised pork with an herb sauce and Meyer lemon chutney.

    Dallas based fast casual restaurant executive steers company to value menu message.
    Why value still has a place in fast casuals, even with higher prices.