The 10 Best Chain Restaurants In America

Big franchise chain restaurants are the unsung heroes of affordable first-dates, anniversaries, and for any bachelors out there whose chef skills begin and end with the microwave. There are a few chain restaurants that stand out from the rest in order of consistency, trademark dishes, and, of course, value. Here are 10 chain restaurants in America that you can’t really go wrong with.

1: Texas Roadhouse

Texas Roadhouse
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We knew it would be difficult to pick our number one spot, but after careful consideration, we just have to give it to Texas Roadhouse for representing some of the best Americana food and atmosphere out of all chain restaurants, and even most high-end ones. The reason being is that they don’t skimp on the quality, nor the quality, of each dish on the menu. Even the kids’ dishes are good enough for most grown adults. You won’t leave with an empty stomach or feel as though you overpaid for anything.

2: The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory

This next chain is ironically one of the most popular chain restaurants in America because their entire menu is filled with great food, not just the desserts. If they served below-average entrees, we’d probably still go just for the cheesecakes, but it wouldn’t be nearly as successful. This chain is like Texas Roadhouse, in that they are people-pleasers and will serve generous portions. Their desserts are amazing, of course, it will take you a few years, at least, before you’ve sampled all 50 types of cheesecakes. Better get started right now, eh?

3: Olive Garden

Olive Garden
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Italian food is often underrated in the States because we have weaved it into the fabric of our country. We expect Italian food to always be good, but the truth is that not all restaurants that serve Italian, or even Italian-American, can serve a good plate of spaghetti or baked bread. Olive Garden is our number three because they have been consistent for decades. Their endless pasta is celebrated by many, even those who would normally act snobbish towards the chain. Funny how a great value is impossible to pass up, no matter whatever notion of “real Italian” food is given as a measurement.

4: P.F. Chang's China Bistro

P.F. Chang's China Bistro
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This once elusive Los Angeles landmark is now a national go-to chain restaurant for authentic Mandarin cuisine. What sets Chang’s apart from your common Chinese fast-food restaurant is the commitment to using fresh veggies and quality meats that you can taste without having to drown your meal in soy sauce. You can’t call Chang’s “overrated” unless you’ve had the lettuce wraps, this is food you don’t find in your average American Chinese restaurant, and yet the price is about the same.

5: Maggiano's Little Italy

Maggiano's Little Italy
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While Maggiano’s may not have the same level of notoriety as the big boss Olive Garden, they do carry a nice little Italian charm that reminds many people of the actual family-centric restaurants over in Italy. The dishes are simple Italian, but the flavors are anything but that. They have made a name for themselves for being able to bring that homemade flavor and quality out with their lasagna and meatballs, especially. Look for this chain to continue to expand as more cities demand more Italian home-cooked signature dishes.

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