ATLANTA — More than two years into a pandemic — and with signs that life is slowly but surely returning back to normal — how are America’s favorite restaurant’s faring?

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Market research company TOP Data analyzed more than 50 of the country’s most popular casual dining chains to see which ones are getting the most customer traffic in 2022 by state.

“We wanted to see how some of America’s most popular casual dining chains are fairing in each state, as well as how sit down friendly restaurants are performing against their grab and go counterparts,” the company said.

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TOP Data analyzed visit data from 12M Americans to compare which restaurant chains and states are getting the most foot traffic compared to 2021 figures.

Traffic at casual dining restaurants has increased 8.4% since 2021 nationwide.

In Georgia, the top five casual dining restaurants in 2022 according to TOP Data are:

  1. Waffle House
  2. Chili’s Grill and Bar
  3. Cracker Barrel
  4. IHOP
  5. Olive Garden

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The following restaurant chains were evaluated for the study: Applebee’s, Baja Fresh, BJ’s Restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Cracker Barrel, Denny’s, Domino’s, Hungry Howie’s, IHOP, LongHorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Outback Steakhouse, Papa John’s, Pizza Hut, Red Robin Gourmet Burger, Texas Roadhouse, TGI Fridays, The Cheesecake Factory, Waffle House, Zaxby’s, Bob Evans, Bob’s Big Boy, Boston Market, California Pizza Kitchen, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen , Cicis Pizza, Dave & Buster’s, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, First Watch, Friendly’s, Fuddruckers, Godfather’s Pizza, Golden Corral, Hooters, Huddle House, Johnny Rockets, Logan’s Roadhouse, Marco’s Pizza, Millers Ale House, Noodles World Kitchen, O’Charley’s , PF Chang’s, Papa Murphy’s, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, Red Lobster, Round Table Pizza, Ruby Tuesday, The Original Pancake House, Village Inn, Wingstop, Z’Tejas, and Zoes Kitchen.


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