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