There are several well-established restaurant brands across the country, but there are several fast-casual restaurants that shouldn’t be left unnoticed! Take a look at 10 of America’s fastest growing fast-casual restaurants.
HQ: New York City
Milk Bar is a sweet shop that’s been turning familiar treats upside down and on their heads, quietly shaking up the dessert scene since 2008. Bon Appetit magazine called us “one of the most exciting bakeries in the country.” Founded by James Beard award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi, Milk Bar first opened its doors in NYC’s East Village, and soon developed a loyal fanbase. They currently have units in New York, Washington DC, Toronto, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Boston.
HQ: New York City
Inspired by the culinary scene of the Pacific Northwest, Glaze is a national restaurant group that offers an elevated take on the efficient Japanese-influenced fare, with a focus on Seattle-style teriyaki. Founded in New York City in 2010 by Seattle native, Paul Krug, Glaze serves house-made, small batch teriyaki sauces, salad dressings, and marinades, big portions of grilled-to-order proteins, and inspired sides made with fresh ingredients, all at reasonable prices in beautiful spaces!
HQ: Santa Monica, CA
At Veggie Grill, they see every season as n opportunity to create bold and delicious ways to bring people together. They make veggie-filled dishes that are centered on moments. For people who love feel good food that celebrates the veggie, the fruit, the grain, and the nut. All of their menu items are free of meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal products.
HQ: Huntington Beach, CA
Afters is more than just ice cream. Their handcrafted ice cream and signature flavors are their foundation that keeps their brand apart from the rest. They are popular from their creative flavors like Milk and Cereal, Cookie Monster, and Jasmine Milk Tea.
HQ: Carlsbad, CA
At Everbowl, they believe the key to life is motion-and the key to motion is food. Everbowl’s robust menu of smoothies and acai bowls are crafted to order for every customer. Founded by Jeff Fenster, his mission has grown to help jumpstart others towards a healthier lifestyle that includes accessible, affordable, and nutritious food.
HQ: New York City
The Hummus & Pita Co. is a fast-casual restaurant concept serving 100% homemade, fresh and health-focused cuisine in an inviting, contemporary environment. Combining authentic flavors from across the Mediterranean with family recipes that have been developed from generation to generation, The Hummus & Pita Co. is devoted to bringing high-quality, flavorful food to as many people as possible.
Spoleto combines the speed of fresh-casual service with the sophistication of an Italian restaurant and gourmet-quality food. They further define the uniqueness of their concept by offering a seasonal menu based on the availability of fresh local products and an endless number of guest-selected food combinations. There are over 30 authentic Italian-inspired toppings that gives everyone a chance to create meals that inspire their palates.
Every day in ancient northern India, people gathered around a community oven or “sanja chulha” to share their stories. Fresh-baked breads, hot from tandoor ovens, were served with warmth and love and Choolaah is a fresh take on this timeless experience of sitting, sharing and savoring good company and good food, every day.
HQ: Gilbert, AZ
Salad and Go was founded with a mission: make drive-thru fast food better and healthier. Their team believes in a better way of doing fast food for the quality and service you want and deserve. The drive-thru model is what largely allows the chain to keep the prices low. The 650-square-foot locations don’t have interior seating, and as a result it can keep its salads under $6!
HQ: Austin, TX
Hat Creek Burger Company was founded by Drew Gressett in 2008 as he first opened as a food trailer serving burgers, fries, and shakes. After serving thousands of burgers from their beloved food trailer, they moved into the legendary Burnet Road location to bring their delicious food to the masses. Their mission since then has been to provide fresh cheeseburgers to all who come in contact with Hat Creek, and their goal is to become the best fast-casual, family-friendly restaurant in the country!