Chain Restaurants You Can Find in Any City

Wondering what the most popular chain restaurants in America are? While opinions may vary from state to state and city to city, one thing’s for certain: There are a handful of chain restaurants that are guaranteed to have a location in almost every major city in the United States.

Curious to know more? We share the chain restaurants you can find in any major city, ahead.

1. Subway

Subway sandwich

Wherever you go you’ll probably find a Subway. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Whether you’re in an airport, mall, or walking down the street in New York City, chances are you’ll run into more than one Subway.

Next: This popular restaurant can be found in any city in the world.

2. McDonald’s

line at McDonald's

Most people around the world will recognize the golden arches. | TkKurikawa/iStock/Getty Images

Another popular chain restaurant found in any city (and all over the world)? McDonald’s. While it may not always be the best option health-wise, McDonald’s can be great option for travelers, as many of them are the first restaurants to open and last to close.

Next: Craving bread sticks? Some say the ones from this chain restaurant are the best.

3. Olive Garden

The Olive Garden Sign is on the rock exterior of the building

Many cities have an Olive Garden. | ljhimages/iStock/Getty Images

In addition to fast food restaurants, many cities have the same core chain restaurants, too. Case in point: Olive Garden. While they may not be in every town across America — that would be a lot of Olive Gardens — they certainly exist in almost every major city across the United States.

Next: In some cities, there’s one of these on every street corner.

4. Starbucks

A pedestrian walks by a Starbucks Coffee shop

You’ll probably encounter a Starbucks on your travels. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Known for being on pretty much every street corner across the U.S. (OK, we’re exaggerating a little), Starbucks is not just a place to fuel up on coffee. From salads to wraps to breakfast sandwiches, there are plenty of lunch items to choose from.

Next: These are so common, they’re often overlooked.

5. Boston Market

Boston Market

It might not be the most popular option, but it’s there when you’re craving chicken. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

If you’re anything like us, you may have forgotten about your local Boston Market on several occasions. That said, whenever we crave rotisserie chicken, we know just the spot.

Next: You’ll never miss an important game at this chain.

6. Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings

It’s the perfect place to watch a game. | Buffalo Wild Wings via Facebook

Another chain restaurant you can always count on? Buffalo Wild Wings. They’re basically everywhere and they always have a game on.

Next: This chain didn’t stop health violations from keeping them open in cities across America.

7. Chipotle

customers at Chipotle

This chain brings Mexican food to many cities. | Tim Boyle/Getty Images

Despite some health violations, Chipotle has managed to remain a popular destination for burritos and bread bowls alike. You can count on this chain for delicious Mexican food, no matter where you are. But, remember, guacamole is extra.

Next: They don’t call it international for nothing …


IHOP International House of Pancakes

Pancake lovers across America always have this breakfast spot. | Wolterk/iStock/Getty Images

If you’re looking for a popular breakfast spot in most U.S. cities, look no further than IHOP. The International House of Pancakes has left its mark on many cities — and pancake lovers — across America.

Next: You can go on a U.S. tour of this chain restaurant.

9. Hard Rock Cafe

An Elvis impersonator hands out fliers in front of Hard Rock Cafe on August 15, 2017 in Tamuning, Guam. The American territory of Guam remains on high alert as a showdown between the U.S. and North Korea continues. North Korea has said that it is planning to launch four missiles near Guam by the middle of August. Guam home to about 7,000 American troops and 160,000 residents. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

You’ll find them all around the world. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

With over 175 locations in 53 countries, you’re bound to run into a Hard Rock Cafe while vacationing in pretty much any major city across the United States.

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