New ranking: America’s top favorite restaurant chains are…


Turns out, Americans really do love American food — at least according to a new Harris Poll in which consumers ranked Five Guys, Chick-fil-A and Ben & Jerry’s among the top favorites for 2017.

To come up with the new rankings, the group surveyed more than 100,000 consumers across thousands of categories in order to narrow down a list that contains only the best of the best.

According to the study,

Using an academically vetted brand equity model with elements like familiarity, quality, and consideration, brands create powerful connections with consumers. The stronger the brand, the greater the bond. The Harris Poll EquiTrend® study benchmarks how deep those bonds go and honors the highest ranked brands in each award category.

America’s favorite restaurants of 2017

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Burger Restaurant Brand of the Year
1. Five Guys Burgers and Fries
2. In-N-Out Burger
3. Shake Shack
4. Wendy’s
5. Culver’s
6. Whataburger
7. McDonald’s

Casual Dining Restaurant Brand of the Year
1. The Cheesecake Factory
2. Texas Roadhouse
3. Olive Garden Italian Restaurants
4. Outback Steakhouse
5. LongHorn Steakhouse Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant

Chicken Restaurant Brand of the Year
1. Chick-fil-A
2. Zaxby’s
3. El Pollo Loco
4. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

Coffee & Quick Service Restaurant Brand of the Year
1. Starbucks Coffee Shops
2. Dunkin’ Donuts Stores
3. Krispy Kreme
4. Einstein Bros Bagels

Ice Cream and FroYo Shop Brand of the Year 
1. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Shop
2. Baskin Robbin’s Ice Cream Shop
3. Cold Stone Creamery

Pizza Chain Brand of the Year
1. Papa John’s Pizza
2. Blaze Pizza
3. Pizza Hut
4. Marco’s Pizza


Sandwich Shop Brand of the Year
1. Subway
2. Panera Bread
3. Potbelly Sandwich Shop
4. Corner Bakery Cafe

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