I didn’t need a survey to tell me that we Americans love going out for 5,000-calorie dinners at the Cheesecake Factory. Anyone who’s ever gone to one on a weekend night. and found it’s as crowded as a market in Mumbai knows it’s popular.
And according to a new survey, the Cheesecake Factory is now officially the most popular chain restaurant in the U.S.
The survey asked people to rank casual and family restaurant chains so it only includes sit-down restaurants, not places like McDonald’s.
13% of people ranked the Cheesecake Factory number one. Second place was a two-way tie between Texas Roadhouse and Red Robin, both of which got 8% of the vote.
Olive Garden and Ruby Tuesday were next, tied at 5%.
The rest of the list, in order, goes: Red Lobster, P.F. Chang’s, Longhorn Steakhouse, Outback Steakhouse, Cracker Barrel, T.G.I. Friday’s, Golden Corral, Applebee’s, Chili’s, and IHOP.
Of the 15 restaurants that made the list, IHOP came in last, with only 1% of the vote. However . . . that means it beat out places like Denny’s, Bennigan’s and Waffle House, which didn’t even make the list.