Best Fast Casual Restaurant (2021)


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  • QDOBA Mexican Eats

    QDOBA Mexican Eats

    Just about everything on the menu at QDOBA, from the guacamole to the flame-grilled vegetables, is made fresh each day. Diners build their own Mexican masterpieces in the form of tacos, burritos, grilled quesadillas or burrito bowls.
    Photo courtesy of QDOBA Mexican Eats

  • BurgerFi


    BurgerFi makes their burgers with natural American Angus beef, premium Wagyu beef, cage-free chicken, Beyond Meat or the quinoa-based VegeFi patty. Burgers are served alongside made-to-order sides, like fries, double beer-battered onion rings and frozen custard desserts.
    Photo courtesy of BurgerFi

  • Jason's Deli

    Jason's Deli

    Jason’s Deli has been an independent, family owned business for more than four decades, known for their extensive salad bar and even bigger menu of sandwiches, salads, soups and stuffed potatoes. Nothing on the menu contains high-fructose corn syrup, dyes, MSG or artificial colors or flavors.
    Photo courtesy of Jason's Deli

  • The Halal Guys

    The Halal Guys

    The Halal Guys began as a New York City food stand in 1990 by three Egyptian immigrants who moved to the U.S. in hopes of a better life. You no longer have to travel to the Big Apple to enjoy these American Halal favorites, like chicken, gyros and fresh falafel. The Halal Guys now ranks among the fastest-growing chains in the country.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / rez-art

  • Crisp & Green

    Crisp & Green

    At Crisp & Green, eating healthy tastes as good as it feels thanks to a creative menu of salads, grain bowls and smoothies made from ingredients prepared in-house.
    Photo courtesy of Crisp & Green

  • Schlotzsky's


    Schlotzsky’s started out as a sandwich shop on Austin’s South Congress Avenue more than half a century ago. These days, you’ll find locations at more than 350 locations worldwide. While the menu includes salads, soups and flatbreads, this fast-casual concept is best known for their sandwiches made on toasted buns baked daily.
    Photo courtesy of Schlotzsky's

  • honeygrow


    Founded in Philadelphia in 2012, honeygrow celebrates wholesome foods and local ingredients. Diners can choose from a menu of salads and stir-fries, or build their own fresh fruit dessert at the honeybar. The special hg Goals menu includes paleo, keto, whole-friendly, high-protein, vegan and vegetarian options.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Thomas Ramsauer

  • Zoës Kitchen

    Zoës Kitchen

    Zoës Kitchen takes inspiration from the Mediterranean region in both its food and its attitude of savoring a meal with friends or loved ones. Founded in Birmingham, Alabama, the restaurant features a menu of pitas, kabobs, soups, salads, sandwiches and family dinners. 10Best contributor Gerrish Lopez describes it as "always a solid spot for a lunch get-together, as there's bound to be something for everyone."
    Photo courtesy of Zoës Kitchen

  • Flower Child

    Flower Child

    Everything from Flower Child is made from scratch. The menu includes salads, bowls, proteins, sides and wraps, with options for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free eaters.
    Photo courtesy of Flower Child

  • Chipotle


    The burritos and burrito bowls from Chipotle Mexican Grill are made from real non-GMO ingredients without added colors, flavors or preservatives. Filling options include chicken, steak, barbacoa, carnitas, grilled vegetables or sofritas (braised, shredded tofu).
    Photo courtesy of Chipotle

The concept of a fast casual restaurant has skyrocketed in popularity in the U.S. These eateries offer the convenience of fast food with the quality and comfort more akin to a sit-down restaurant. 

The top 10 winners in the category Best Fast Casual Restaurant are as follows: 

  1. QDOBA Mexican Eats
  2. BurgerFi
  3. Jason's Deli
  4. The Halal Guys
  5. Crisp & Green
  6. Schlotzsky's
  7. honeygrow
  8. Zoës Kitchen
  9. Flower Child
  10. Chipotle

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning restaurants!

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