The Ultimate Guide to the Most Popular Fast Food Chains

America's 23 largest fast-food chains are a major part of the country's dynamic food industry. Subway, McDonald's, Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Wendy's are some of the most popular names in the business. Every year, the QSR 50 takes a deep dive into the numbers to get a better understanding of the fast-service landscape. Subway is still by far the largest restaurant chain in the US with 24,798 domestic locations.

This is 9,973 more than Starbucks, which is the second largest. From hamburgers to burritos and tacos, fast-food chains offer a variety of delicious options for those looking for a quick meal. White Castle has been serving burgers since 1916 and is America's first fast-food burger chain. Taco Bell's Nachos Fries have come and gone several times over the years and are currently not available.

Fries are one of the most sought-after products in any fast-food chain. Panda Express has graciously released its signature recipe to appease its fans. McDonald's fries are a classic and have been around since the beginning. To learn more about this fast food classic, check out these 15 crazy facts about McDonald's fries you never knew about.

Chipotle is a fast-casual restaurant with no reputation for fast food. We've put together some of the most popular and delicious fast food dishes that everyone should try at least once (barring dietary restrictions, of course). When you've chosen a healthier lunch (at least compared to other fast food options), it seems perfectly valid to treat yourself to a little dessert. Wendy's boasts their quarter pound fresh beef burger as one of their best offerings when it comes to fast food.

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