How many of each Fast Food/Fast Casual/Quick Service Chain Spot is in DC?

While killing time on an unexpected day off, and while researching for my next eagerly-awaited Twitter poll, I went down the rabbit hole and started calculating how many locations of prominent fast food/fast casual/quick service chains were in DC proper. After tweeting some figures, I ended up getting tons of reaction, showing that this is many interested in. People are fascinated that there is one Little Caesar’s in DC, up on a strip across from the Georgia Ave. NW Wal-mart in Brightwood. One follower even created a Google Map (https://twitter.com/ChelseaCirruzzo/status/1070768690394791939?s=19)with many spots.

Decided to put this in a post and organize it better. This doesn’t include very limited chains necessarily and the figures can be off a few.

Using the great QSR’s magazine’s 2018 rankings based on revenue, here are those found in top 65 in DC:

BIG CHAINS (Ranking by Revenue)

Burgers

#1 McDonalds – 26
#4 Burger King – 3 (soon to be 2 after Van Ness closes, others are in Adams Morgan and on Bolling Air Force Base in SW)
#6 Wendy’s – 3 (Dave Thomas Circle/NoMa, EOTR near Minnesota Ave station, on Georgia Ave. near Howard)
#27 Five Guys – 8
#33 Checker’s – 1 (Bladensburg/NY Ave)

Nearby: Sonic (Inside the Beltway in PG Co.), Hardee’s (Ft Meade), Steak ‘n’ Shake (Annapolis, redericksburg), Freddy’s Frozen Custard (Fairfax)

Sandwich
#3 Subway – 50+
#11 Panera Bread – 7
#23 Jimmy John’s – 4
#31 Jersey Mike’s  – 2 (near Rhode Island Ave Home Depot and NE Costco)
#54 Potbelly – 22
#63 Corner Bakery Cafe – 5
#65 Charleys Philly Steaks – 2 (Union Station, L’Enfant)

Nearby: Arby’s (Rockville, Hyattville, PG Co., Annandale), Firehouse Subs (Annandale), McAlister’s Deli (Mt Vernon, Fairfax), Jason’s Deli (College Park, Falls Church), Dickey’s BBQ Pit (Alexandria)


Snacks/Coffee

#2 Starbucks – 50+
#7 Dunkin Donuts – 19
#45 Baskin Robbins – 4 (only 1 in Woodley Park is standalone, rest are w/ Dunkin)
#47 Auntie Anne’s – 2 (Union Station, L’Enfant)
#52 Jamba Juice – 2 (Union Station, L’Enfant)
#59 Tropical Smoothie Cafe – 1 (Mt. Vernon Square)
#61 Cold Stone Creamery – 1 (Cleveland Park)
#62 Smoothie King – 4
Nearby: Dairy Queen (couple inside Beltway near Skyland area) 

“Ethnic”

#5 Taco Bell – 3 (Union Station, NY Ave/Bladensburg, near Fort Totten)
#12 Chipotle – 20
#20 Panda Express – 4 (L’Enfant, Columbia Heights, Navy Yard itself, Costco area)
#36 Qdoba – 2 (Penn Quarter, Dupont)
#40 Moe’s SW Grill – 3 (Downtown, NoMa, L’Enfant)
#50 Noodles & Co – 1 (Downtown)

Chicken

#8 Chick-Fil-A – 7 (Tenleytown, H Street, Union Station, Columbia Heights, GW, Georgetown, Catholic U)
#13 KFC – 2 (NY Ave/Bladensburg, in NE near Fort Totten)
#19 Popeyes – 9
#29 Bojangles’ – 1 (Union Station)
#37 Church’s Chicken – 1 (L’Enfant)
Nearby: Zaxby’s (Winchester), Wingstop (several inside Beltway), Boston Market (South Arlington:Glebe & Columbia Pike)

Pizza

#9 Domino’s – 9
#10 Pizza Hut – 3 (not counting the Target one)
#17 Little Caesar’s – 1 (Brightwood across from Wal-Mart)
#20 Papa Johns – 9
Nearby: Marco’s Pizza (closest in Fairfax Station), CiCi’s (Bailey’s Crossroads, Rockville) 

Nearby in Top 65: Captain D’s (Manassas), Long John Silver’s (one in PG Co. temp. closed due to fire, Dale City)

Other Fast Casual Chains (minimum 3 spots in DC)

&pizza – 13
Sweetgreen – 12
Chopt – 9
Cava – 8
Roti – 8
Pret a Manger – 7
Au Bon Pain – 7
Devon & Blakely – 7
Cosi – 7
Shake Shack – 6
Jettie’s – 5
California Tortilla –  3
District Taco – 4
Amsterdam Falafelshop – 3
TaKorean – 3
Beefsteak – 3

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