This holiday season Americans are eating out more than ever. In the past 3 months, dining alone has risen 4% across the country. So, we wondered, where? Is it the small independents? The big chains? Diners? Nope, it was McDonald's.
Data analysis by Food Service Direct (FSD), the leading online marketplace for bulk goods and food, broke down the most sought after fast food and casual dining in each state, and then looked at the numbers as a whole to see where Americans are still eating.
Overall McDonalds is the most visited restaurant nationwide. Now, of course, that doesn't mean every small food business should move to quick burgers and fries, but it does show how speed and cost are still big drivers of diners who are skipping the kitchen.
Check out the top 20 list below and see if you agree with the rankings.
Most Popular Chain and Casual Dining Restaurants
4. Taco Bell
5. Sonic Drive-In
8. Burger King
11. Panera Bread
12. Little Caesars
14. Chipotle Mexican Grill
15. Panda Express
17. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen
18. Olive Garden
19. Chili's Grill & Bar
20. Raising Cane’s
Do you need to be a McDonald's to grow your business in 2023? We don't think so - because while people may go to fast food restaurants for cost, speed, and convenience, there are plenty of reasons they go to other places, and it's often the menu and experience that makes the difference.