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The Most Popular Restaurant Chain Dishes in America

Here are the most popular fast-food spots in the country.

Sure, you know that McDonald's, Wendy's, and Burger King are some of the biggest names in fast-food. But do you know how the chains compare with one another? Which one is the most popular fast-food spot of all?

To get to the bottom of it, we looked at QSR's 2020 rankings of the top 50 fast-food restaurant chains in the United States. From the Golden Arches to Dairy Queen, all of your favorites are here.

Here are the top five spots on QSR's list, along with an iconic menu offering from each of the top spots. Tonight's dinner plans: solved.

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McDonald's Big Mac

Mcdonalds big mac

Did you think McDonald's wouldn't land on top as America's favorite fast-food joint? With more than $40 million in sales and thousands of locations across the country, the Golden Arches are tough to beat.

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Starbucks Cold Brew

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Courtesy of Starbucks

Whether you head to the chain for a Frappuccino or an unsweetened latte, Starbucks is an incredibly popular coffee chain. In May, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson shared on a Q2 conference call that the nitro cold brew, along with the Coconutmilk Latte and Almondmilk Honey Flat White, is popular right now, according to

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Chick-fil-A Waffle Fries

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Despite its controversial politics, Chick-fil-A is America's foremost non-burger fast-food chain. In a post on its Chicken Wire blog in 2018, the chain named waffle fries as its #1 most-popular item. Don't forget the Chick-fil-A sauce to dip them in!

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Taco Bell Burrito Supreme

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Courtesy of Taco Bell

You can't go wrong with this classic burrito at Taco Bell. The chain's menu changes often, but this one is here to stay.


Burger King Whopper

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Burger King / Facebook

The Big Mac is #1, but Burger King's Whopper is a close second in terms of fast-food burgers. The size alone makes it an appealing fast-food choice.

Wondering about the rest of the top 50 fast-food spots? Head over to QSR to get the full list.

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Meghan De Maria
Meghan De Maria is a senior editor at Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food, product, and restaurant coverage. Read more about Meghan