The QSR 50

    These 50 brands are setting the pace in the quick-service and fast-casual restaurant industries.

    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 Rank COMPANY/CHAIN NAME 2011 U.S. SYSTEMWIDE SALES (MILLIONS) 2011 U.S. AVERAGE SALES PER UNIT (THOUSANDS) NUMBER OF TOTAL UNITS IN 2011 TOTAL CHANGE IN UNITS FROM 2010
    50 Krystal* $404.9 $1,121.0 357 -7
    49 Sbarro $420.0 $690.0 611 -70
    48 Captain D’s $433.3 $832.0 519 -12
    47 Einstein Bros. Bagels $439.0 $884.0 534 40
    46 Tim Hortons $473.0 $1,069.0 714 112
    45 Baskin-Robbins* $495.9 $200.0 2,457 -43
    44 In-N-Out Burger* $498.5 $1,925.0 266 14
    43 CiCi’s Pizza $516.0 $895.4 573 -21
    42 Qdoba Mexican Grill $528.7 $961.0 583 58
    41 Krispy Kreme* $531.7 $2,290.0 234 5
    40 Boston Market $532.0 $1,102.0 481 -10
    39 Jason’s Deli $534.1 $2,200.0 233 12
    38 El Pollo Loco* $545.0 $1,425.0 394 -18
    37 Del Taco $590.7 $1,100.0 532 10
    36 White Castle $631.7 $1,250.3 410 -5
    35 Long John Silver’s* $635.0 $670.0 932 -32
    34 Checkers/Rally’s $669.0 $852.0 780 -18
    33 Papa Murphy’s $695.9 $559.5 1,283 42
    32 Culver’s $747.1 $1,712.9 444 20
    31 Bojangles’ $767.4 $1,600.1 506 21
    30 Steak ‘n Shake* $823.9 $1,650.0 491 4
    29 Zaxby’s $840.0 $1,597.2 540 26
    28 Church’s Chicken $864.3 $698.6 1,212 -33
    27 Jimmy John’s* $895.0 $821.8 1,329 199
    26 Quiznos* $921.6 $345.0 2,503 -334
    25 Five Guys Burgers & Fries $950.6 $1,156.0 918 182
    24 Whataburger $1,311.2 $1,801.0 728 11
    23 Little Caesars* $1,480.0 $465.0 3,518 305
    22 Carl’s Jr. $1,500.0 $1,400.0 1,116 64
    21 Panda Express $1,570.8 $1,157.0 1,420 97
    20 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen* $1,720.0 $1,133.8 1,627 58
    19 Hardee’s $2,100.0 $1,100.0 1,921 3
    18 Papa John’s $2,213.6 $786.0 3,001 130
    17 Chipotle Mexican Grill<sup>2</sup> $2,270.0 $2,013.0 1,225 150
    16 Dairy Queen* $2,660.0 $545.0 6,187 -26
    15 Jack in the Box $2,946.3 $1,331.0 2,221 15
    14 Arby’s $3,021.9 $854.0 3,437 -86
    13 Panera Bread $3,400.0 $2,304.3 1,541 88
    12 Domino’s Pizza* $3,437.9 $679.0 4,907 -22
    11 Sonic Drive-In $3,692.8 $1,037.0 3,561 -11
    10 Chick-fil-A $4,051.0 $2,893.5 1,606 69
    9 KFC $4,500.0 $940.0 4,780 -275
    8 Pizza Hut $5,500.0 $875.0 7,600 58
    7 Dunkin’ Donuts* $6,500.0 $850.0 7,015 115
    6 Taco Bell $7,000.0 $1,284.0 5,670 36
    5 Burger King* $8,400.0 $1,248.0 7,231 -33
    4 Wendy’s* $8,500.0 $1,456.0 6,594 18
    3 Starbucks*<sup>1</sup> $9,750.0 $1,140.0 10,821 -310
    2 Subway* $11,400.0 $469.0 24,722 872
    1 McDonald’s $34,172.0 $2,500.0 14,098 71