We're still missing a few of these popular eateries... but not many!

Recently, the website Eat This listed the 27 fastest-growing restaurant chains in 2024. Out of the top ten, we are only missing two of them here in Eastern Iowa! But, those two DO have locations elsewhere in the state. Here are all of the top ten, including those two missing restaurants:

  1. McDonald's
  2. Starbucks
  3. Wendy's
  4. Chipotle
  5. Papa Johns
  6. Texas Roadhouse
  7. Outback Steakhouse - Locations in Ankeny, Clive, & Sioux City (Cedar Rapids location closed in February 2024)
  8. Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
  9. Tropical Smoothie Cafe
  10. Slim Chickens - Locations in Ankeny & Grimes

Once you get into the top 20 fastest-growing restaurant chains, you start to see places that we DON'T have here in Iowa. We of course have Jersey Mike's, Crumbl Cookies, and Culver's, but some of the chains that haven't made their way to the Hawkeye State yet include:

Is there a restaurant chain that you'd like to see here in Eastern Iowa? I would LOVE to get a Jet's Pizza location in Cedar Rapids, and I also wouldn't mind a Qdoba location over here! Let us know what chain you want to see in the area by sending us a message on our station app.

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