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Last updated: January 1, 2018

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Top 93 Restaurant Franchises

Best Restaurant Franchises - January 2018

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Rank

Company Name

Industry

Franchising
Since

Franchise
Units

Cash
Investment

Total
Investment

Royalty
Fee

Financing
Available

Growth Prospect

Marketing Support

Training

Ongoing Support

Value

Overall Score

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Change in Rank

Leaders

1

Cousins Subs

Menomonee Falls, WI

Bill Specht
262-253-7700
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1972

123

$100,000

$119,200 - $344,500

6%

Yes

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

 

100

100%
Increased +54

+54

 

2

Back Yard Burgers

Nashville, TN

David McDougall
615-620-2318
More info

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1986

58

$2586

$465 - 1,680K

15%

Yes

 

100

 

99

 

100

 

99

 

100

99.6%
Increased +80

+80

 

3

Aurelio's Pizza

Homewood, IL

Joe Aurelio
708-798-0080
More info

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1959

409

$49K

$864,000 - $1,198,000

6%

Yes

 

99

 

98

 

100

 

99

 

100

99.2%
Increased +82

+82

 
Strong Performers

4

Burger House

Dallas, TX

Angelo S. Chantilis, Sr.
713-621-8200
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1951

46

$32K

$255 - 300K

5.0%

Yes

 

97

 

99

 

100

 

99

 

100

99%
Increased +41

+41

 

5

The Melting Pot Restaurants Inc.

Tampa, Florida

Andrew La Fazio
813-881-0055
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1975

324

$6686

$96330

4%

Yes

 

97

 

99

 

100

 

98

 

99

98.6%
Increased +36

+36

 

6

Carl's Jr. Restaurants

Carpinteria, CA

Tina Slay
805-745-7841
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1941

913

$300,000

$1,318,000 - $1,814,000

4%

Yes

 

97

 

99

 

98

 

100

 

98

98.4%
Increased +47

+47

 
Contenders

7

Erbert & Gerbert's Subs & Clubs

Eau Claire, WI

Michael Wallick
800-283-5241
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1987

60

$25K

$189,500 - $391,700

6%

Yes

 

100

 

97

 

100

 

96

 

97

98%
Increased +25

+25

 

8

The Chicken Salad Chick

Auburn, AL

Jim Thompson
334-275-4578
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2011

11

$9486K

$2533

4%

Yes

 

96

 

99

 

98

 

100

 

96

97.8%
Increased +69

+69

 

9

Chronic Tacos

Aliso Viejo, CA

Randy Wyner
949-366-9936
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2002

28

$100,000

$250,000 - $500,000

10%

Yes

 

95

 

99

 

96

 

100

 

98

97.6%
Decreased -7

-7

 

10

Buffalo Wild Wings

Minneapolis, MN

Jim Disbrow
952-593-9943
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1982

818

$40K

$1,729 - 3,149K

5%

Yes

 

97

 

98

 

97

 

98

 

96

97.2%
Increased +16

+16

 

11

Bagger Dave's Legendary Burgers & Fries

Southfield, MI

Jason Curtis
248-223-9160
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2006

213

$30K

$608 - 1,300K

7%

Yes

 

97

 

98

 

97

 

95

 

97

96.8%
Decreased -6

-6

 

12

The Boiling Crab

Fountain Valley, CA

Dada Ngo
714-554-6181
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2004

9

$178691

$120 - 180K

4%

Yes

 

95

 

97

 

95

 

98

 

97

96.4%
Decreased -3

-3

 

13

Golden Chick

Richardson, TX

Danielle Mamaradlo
972-831-0911
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1967

112

$25K

$450 - 1,400K

4%

Yes

 

96

 

97

 

95

 

98

 

95

96.2%
Increased +75

+75

 

14

Firehouse Subs

Jacksonville, FL

Greg Delks
904-886-8300
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1994

802

$90,000 - $100,000

$131,150 - $928,405

6%

Yes

 

95

 

96

 

96

 

97

 

95

95.8%
Increased +15

+15

 

15

Dickey's Barbecue Pit Restaurants

Dallas, TX

Jerrell Denton
972-248-9899
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1941

284

$1481

$230.1 - 1,375.3K

5%

Yes

 

94

 

97

 

96

 

95

 

96

95.6%
Increased +33

+33

 

16

Farmer Boys Food

Riverside, CA

Tom Krutilek
951-275-9900
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1981

56

$2586K

$1,317 - 2,168K

6%

Yes

 

95

 

94

 

95

 

96

 

97

95.4%
Increased +45

+45

 

17

America's Taco Shop

Scottsdale, AZ

Terry Bortin
480-362-4800
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2008

57

$42K

$247,600 - $867,750

6%

Yes

 

96

 

92

 

97

 

95

 

96

95.2%
Increased +48

+48

 

18

bd's Mongolian Grill

Burnsville, MN

Mark Leach
952-288-2363
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1992

19

$42K

$1,100 - 1,300K

6%

Yes

 

96

 

94

 

95

 

94

 

95

94.8%
Increased +17

+17

 

19

Chili's

Dallas, TX

Kelli Schindelegger
972-770-1257
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1975

678

$30K

$110K - $195K

7%

Yes

 

94

 

93

 

95

 

95

 

96

94.6%
Increased +65

+65

 

20

Hungry Howie's Pizza

Madison Heights, MI

Jim Hearn
248-414-3300
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1973

550

$100,000

$228,000 - $432,500

5%

Yes

 

94

 

95

 

93

 

94

 

95

94.2%
Increased +54

+54

 

21

FirstWatch Restaurants

Bradenton, FL

Chris Tomasso
941-907-9800
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1983

343

$3786

$92530

5%

Yes

 

93

 

92

 

95

 

94

 

95

93.8%
Decreased -9

-9

 

22

Chuck E. Cheese's

Irving, TX

Tiffany B. Kice
972-258-4525
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1998

50

$75K

$1,500K +

5.9%

Yes

 

93

 

92

 

95

 

92

 

95

93.4%
Increased +53

+53

 

23

All American Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream Shops

Portland, Oregon

Bryan Jonathan
800-311-3930
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1986

20

$90,000

$191,700 - $494,450

6%

Yes

 

92

 

94

 

94

 

92

 

93

93%
Increased +28

+28

 

24

Cold Stone Creamery

Scottsdale, AZ

Moree, JT
480-362-4800
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1988

1,423

$125,000

$277,375 - $464,325

6%

Yes

 

92

 

94

 

94

 

92

 

92

92.8%
Increased +12

+12

 

25

CiCi's Pizza

Coppell, TX

Michael Iglesias
972-745-9318
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1985

462

$250,000

$443,801 - $716,580

4-6%

Yes

 

89

 

94

 

94

 

92

 

93

92.4%
Decreased -12

-12

 

26

Figaro's Italian Kitchen

Salem, OR

Corkey Gorley
614-253-7090
More info

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1981

61

$150,000

$123,000 - $398,450

5%

Yes

 

92

 

93

 

93

 

91

 

91

92%
Increased +40

+40

 

27

French Fry Heaven

Jacksonville, FL

Scott Nelowet
904-699-3975
More info

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2010

20

$60,000

$118,900 - $339,700

6%

Yes

 

93

 

93

 

91

 

90

 

91

91.6%
Increased +59

+59

 

28

Dairy Queen

Minneapolis, MN

Mike Mettler
952-896-2542
More info

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1940

Over 6,000

$400,000

$1,077,225 - $1,833,125

4%

Yes

 

92

 

92

 

91

 

92

 

90

91.4%
Increased +11

+11

 

29

Famous Dave's

Minnetonka, MN

Ed Rensi
952-294-1300
More info

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1995

187

$500,000 - $1,000,000

$636,750 - $4,239,750

5%

Yes

 

92

 

89

 

93

 

91

 

91

91.2%
Increased +23

+23

 

30

Freakin’ Unbelievable Burgers

Okemos, MI

Brent Skaggs
859-219-1608
More info

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2012

17

$150,000

$374,000 - $879,000.

5%

Yes

 

89

 

92

 

91

 

91

 

92

91%
Increased +39

+39

 

31

Long John Silver's

Louisville, KY

Jim Patterson
502-815-6100
More info

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1969

1,313

$20K

$883 - 1,403K

5%

Yes

 

89

 

92

 

92

 

91

 

90

90.8%
Decreased -17

-17

 

32

Filta Group

Orlando, FL

Adam Blake
407-996-5550
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1996

130

$24.75

$79 - 88.5K

7%

Yes

 

90

 

91

 

89

 

90

 

92

90.4%
Increased +41

+41

 

33

Fuddruckers

Houston, TX

Phil Romano
713-329-6814
More info

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1980

121

$250,000 - $400,000

$750,000 - $1,000,000

5%

Yes

 

89

 

89

 

91

 

91

 

90

90%
Increased +37

+37

 

34

Kahala Franchising, L.L.C.

Scottsdale, AZ

Jennifer Jenkins
480-362-4800
More info

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2003

26

$1786

$145.7 - 461.3K

4%

Yes

 

91

 

90

 

89

 

88

 

91

89.8%
Increased +30

+30

 

35

Cheeseburger Bobby's

Kennesaw, NW

Bobby Stoll
770-218-9962
More info

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2011

11

$2586

$12533

4%

Yes

 

89

 

88

 

91

 

90

 

89

89.4%
Decreased -19

-19

 

36

Golden Corral Buffet and Grill

Raleigh, NC

Bob McDevitt
919-781-9310
More info

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1973

377

$500,000

$211,350 - $5,727,120

4%

Yes

 

88

 

86

 

90

 

91

 

91

89.2%
Increased +6

+6

 

37

5 & Diner

Maynard, MA

Michael Lacey
877-951-1951
More info

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1989

8

$150-350K

$450 - 750K

10%

Yes

 

90

 

87

 

88

 

89

 

90

88.8%
Decreased -29

-29

 

38

Cora Franchise Group

Mississauga, ON

David Polny
905-673-2672
More info

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1987

127

$1986

$2573

4%

Yes

 

89

 

88

 

90

 

87

 

88

88.4%
Decreased -27

-27

 

39

Costa Vida Restaurants

Lehi, UT

Sarah Gardner
801-797-2374
More info

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2003

100+

$223K

$82874K

7%

Yes

 

89

 

89

 

88

 

86

 

88

88%
Decreased -19

-19

 

40

BurgerFi

North Palm Beach, FL

Black Angus
561-844-5528
More info

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2010

108

$37.5K

$480 - 950K

5.5%

Yes

 

87

 

87

 

89

 

89

 

86

87.6%
Decreased -21

-21

 

41

Moxie's Classic Grill

Calgary, AB

Scott Thomson
403-543-2600
More info

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1986

28

$60K-100K

$3.3M 40% cash

4%

Yes

 

89

 

89

 

89

 

84

 

86

87.4%
Decreased -1

-1

 

42

Chicken Salad Chick

Auburn, AL

Kevin Brown
334-275-4578
More info

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2008

443

$1786

$120 - 180K

6%

No

 

86

 

88

 

87

 

86

 

88

87%
Increased +1

+1

 

43

Burger 21

Tampa, FL

Arlene Johnston
813-405-3595
More info

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2010

13

$200,000

$422,083 - $974,395

5%

Yes

 

88

 

86

 

88

 

84

 

87

86.6%
Decreased -15

-15

 

44

Church's Chicken

Atlanta, GA

George W. Church
770-350-3800
More info

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1952

1,426

$25K

$424.3 - 1,252K

5%

Yes

 

88

 

88

 

82

 

88

 

86

86.4%
Increased +28

+28

 

46

Fresh To Order

Alpharetta, GA

Pierre Panos
770-594-8644
More info

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2005

412

$9486K

$590 - 790K

6%

Yes

 

87

 

86

 

87

 

85

 

85

86%
Increased +1

+1

 

47

Corner Bakery Cafe

Dallas, TX

Mike Hislop
972-619-4100
More info

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1991

167

$1696

$843,000 - $2,378,000

5%

Yes

 

86

 

85

 

83

 

87

 

87

85.6%
Increased +31

+31

 

48

Dunkin' Donuts

Canton, MA

Nigel Travis
800-859-5339
More info

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1950

10,993

$125,000

$216,100 - $1,530,050

5.9%

Yes

 

87

 

86

 

87

 

86

 

80

85.2%
Decreased -47

-47

 

49

Domino's Pizza

Ann Arbor, MI

James Monaghan
734-930-3030
More info

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1960

9,942

$25-25.5K

$120 - 461.7K

5-4%

Yes

 

86

 

86

 

85

 

82

 

85

84.8%
Decreased -32

-32

 

50

OrderUp

Baltimore, MD

Chris Jeffery
443-743-3272
More info

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2009

27

$100,000

$49,750 - $66,350

5%

Yes

 

86

 

84

 

83

 

85

 

84

84.4%
Decreased -46

-46

 
Growth Prospect

Over the course of our research we have found entrepreneurs to be highly concerned about the ability for a franchise to develop businesses which leverage strategies and methodologies to inhibit growth and expansion over time. It is important for the restaurant franchises to be taking the steps required to ensuring their businesses will be successful based on their internal strategies for providing food and service.

51

LYFE Kitchen

Palo Alto, CA

Don Nichols
877-305-5933
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2010

324

$1786

$1,900 - 2,146K

5%

Yes

 

85

 

84

 

85

 

83

 

83

84%
Decreased -29

-29

 

52

Extreme Pita

Scottsdale, AZ

Ken Monteith
905-820-7887
More info

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1997

271

$80,000

$160,000 - $442,000

6%

Yes

 

84

 

84

 

84

 

83

 

83

83.6%
Decreased -14

-14

 

53

Nature's Table

Orlando, FL

Brittany Ward
407-481-2544
More info

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1977

78

$30K

$56.2 - 372.1K

6%

Yes

 

82

 

83

 

84

 

84

 

83

83.2%
Decreased -20

-20

 

54

1984

24

$1686

$150 - 450K

6%

Yes

 

82

 

83

 

82

 

83

 

84

82.8%
Decreased -23

-23