• Thu. Nov 24th, 2022

The most famous Californian fast food restaurant is not In-N-Out. These chains dominate

(Stacker) – Fast food restaurants rose to prominence in the 1950s and 60s during the advent of America’s highway system. The pairing seemed like made in heaven: traversing long open roads for hours takes a lot of energy, and few options feel better than a pit stop at a fast-food joint along the way.

McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and others saturated America’s on-the-go lifestyle and car-centric infrastructure—all along California’s interstates and suburban streets.

In recent years, some Americans have become more aware of how unhealthy some fast food options are. Newer options have emerged to meet the new demand for cleaner, healthier fast food. Rather than hoping people will change their minds and go back to their greasy burgers and salty fries, old-school restaurants have focused on introducing healthier, plant-based options, often with resounding success.

Using data from Georgia Tech’s Friendly City Lab, Stacker has compiled a list of the most popular fast food joints in California. Surprisingly, In-N-Out didn’t even make the cut. Although it may be number 1 in people’s hearts, it would have taken at least 275 locations to break the top 20. In reality, there are only 263 In-N-Out locations in California.

Note that the chains are ranked by the number of locations in California in 2021. With many restaurants shutting down during the pandemic, these numbers are expected to differ from the current actual number. Fast food, fast casual and coffee chains were considered for the list.

Data was available for 88,559 restaurants in California, of which 34,397 are chain restaurants.

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#20. Jersey Mike’s Subs

– Locations: 274

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#19. Wendy’s

– Locations: 290

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#18. Round table pizza

– Locations: 318

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#17. Little Caesars

– Locations: 355

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#16. del taco

– Locations: 363

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#fifteen. El Pollo Loco

– Locations: 365

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#14. Jamba juice

– Locations: 418

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#13. Baskin Robbins

– Locations: 420

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#12. Chipotle Mexican Grill

– Locations: 441


#11. KFC

– Locations: 450

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#10. Panda Express

– Locations: 496

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#9. Pizza Hut

– Locations: 531

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#8th. Burger King

– Locations: 550

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#7. Domino’s Pizza

– Locations: 570

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#6. Carls Jr.

– Locations: 668

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#5. Tacobell

– Locations: 869

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#4. jack-in-the-box

– Locations: 936

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#3. MC Donalds

– Locations: 1,241

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#2. Starbucks

– Locations: 1,361

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#1. Subway

– Locations: 2,420