The Best Fast Casual Restaurants, Ranked

Chipotle serves burritos, tacos, salads, bowls, quesadillas, and fresh guacamole, all of which are great and affordable. The menu also has vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options, so there's something for everyone.


Nearly everyone likes pizza, and Blaze Pizza offers countless options. Blaze Pizza, like Chipotle, has diners line up at the counter as staff customizes each pizza.

Blaze Pizza

Sweetgreen shows that entire, healthy food can be tasty. The fast casual eatery serves salads and bowls, with a seasonal menu or custom creations. All Sweetgreen ingredients are fresh and homemade.


Shake Shack began in Madison Square Park in New York City, where a line of hungry customers stretched around the park day after day. As more outlets opened, the line shrank.

Shake Shack

Chopt is a national fast-casual salad restaurant recognized for its fresh ingredients, chopped salads, and excellent dressing. Chopt serves whole-food, vegan, vegetarian, glute-free, and dairy-free dishes.


Five Guys has been an American institution since 1986, but it has grown rapidly in the previous two decades. Five Guys serves hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, and fries, which may not be suitable for vegetarians, but they are great.

Five Guys