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These Are the Most-Ordered Dishes at America’s Top Chain Restaurants

Can’t decide what you want to eat? Maybe this list can help you out. People magazine reached out to nearly two dozen of America’s top chain restaurants and discovered their most commonly ordered dish. While everyone’s sure to have their personal favorites, these are the winners from a the popularity contest perspective. So the next time you’re at Olive Garden and you just want to follow the whims of the crowd, go ahead and choose Fettuccine Alfredo, because everybody else is! (Hey, sometimes peer pressure just makes casual dining easier.)

The list that follows is a pretty accurate selection of these restaurant’s signature dishes. However, while most of the results are predictable (everyone loves Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits!), some others are total curveballs (who goes to Applebee’s for seafood?!). There are also some surprising absences, like the lack of cheesecake at Cheesecake Factory (it’s right there in the name!) or no love for the Blooming Onion, the massive appetizer that put Outback on the map.

Check out the entire list below to see for yourself. And feel free to bicker in the booth over which of these is really tops (the correct answer is definitely IHOP’s Breakfast Sampler):

  • Hard Rock Cafe – Legendary Burger
  • Outback Steakhouse – Special Sirloin
  • Red Lobster- Cheddar Bay Biscuits
  • TGI Fridays – Loaded Potato Skins
  • California Pizza Kitchen – BBQ Chicken Pizza
  • Cracker Barrel – Hash Brown Casserole
  • Cheesecake Factory – Avocado Eggrolls
  • P.F. Chang’s – Lettuce Wraps
  • Red Robin – Royal Red Robin Burger
  • On the Border – Sizzling Fajitas
  • Olive Garden -Fettuccine Alfredo
  • Noodles & Co. – Wisconsin Mac and Cheese
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – Mom’s Lasagna
  • IHOP – Breakfast Sampler
  • Friendly’s – Honey BBQ Chicken Melt
  • Chili’s – Old Timer With Cheese
  • Carrabba’s – Chicken Bryan
  • Applebee’s – Bourbon Street Chicken & Shrimp
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – Forrest’s Seafood Feast
  • Boston Market – Rotisserie Chicken
  • Bonefish Grill – Bang Bang Shrimp

Header image courtesy of Friendly's.

Jessica is an Associate Editor at Chowhound. Follow her on Twitter @volume_knob for updates on snacks and cats.
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