13 popular fast food chains you can't find in San Francisco

The New San Fransisco Food Scene

San Francisco is completely on board with robot-made quinoa and burger restaurants, but when it comes to some of the nation's top fast-food chains, the door is still closed.

In a city known for welcoming most things, San Francisco is still notoriously against fast food chain restaurants. Business Insider took a look at QSR Magazine's list of the 30 most successful fast food chains, ranked by systemwide sales in the US.

Of the top 30, a baker's dozen can't be found inside San Francisco county

13 fast food chains you won't find in San Francisco
See Gallery
13 fast food chains you won't find in San Francisco


What San Francisco is missing out on: Chili, Frostys, and the Baconator. Wendy's is the No. 5 top chain for fast food in the U.S., according to the QSR list

Closest location to San Francisco: There used to be one in the heart of downtown San Francisco, but it's since shuttered. The closest one is 6.7 miles away in Daly City, or a quick BART ride from city center.

Photo credit: Getty 


What San Francisco is missing out on: This southern chain is all about chicken, especially the Original Chicken Sandwich. Chick-fil-A's is the No. 8 top chain for fast food in the U.S. behind Dunkin' Donuts, according to the QSR list

Closest location to San Francisco: You can head east to Walnut Creek or south to Sunnyvale for the closest restaurants in the Bay Area.

Photo credit: Getty

Sonic Drive-in

What San Francisco is missing out on: America's favorite drive-in, complete with roller skating carhops, an array of ice cream shakes, and tons of slushies. 

Closest location to San Francisco: Sonic lovers will have to drive 23 miles to Hayward to get the drive in experience.

Photo credit: Getty

Dairy Queen

What San Francisco is missing out on: The ice cream stand (and food chain) is known for its Blizzards and the famous Dairy Queen chocolate dipped cone. 

Closest location to San Francisco: Inching closer to the San Francisco county line, Dairy Queen is in Daly City, at least somewhat accessible by San Francisco's public transit.

Photo credit: Getty


What San Francisco is missing out on: The coating on the chicken tenders is unlike any other fast food chain, and don't forget the dipping sauces.

Closest location to San Francisco: Located primarily in the South, Zaxby's has a few locations in Utah.

Photo credit: Facebook.com

Five Guys

What San Francisco is missing out on: Every restaurant has free roasted peanuts, but the real star is the eggier bun on its made-to-order burgers.

Closest location to San Francisco: A location in Alameda is a short ferry ride from the city.

Photo credit: Getty


What San Francisco is missing out on: You go to Culver's for two things: Butterburgers and Frozen Custard.

Closest location to San Francisco: It's a toss-up between Utah and Arizona.

Photo credit: Facebook.com 

Steak 'n Shake

What San Francisco is missing out on: Shoestring fries, milkshakes, and Steakburgers. This Midwest chain has spread throughout the U.S., but it has never made it to the Bay Area.

Closest location to San Francisco: There's a few locations around Los Angeles, but it might be a faster road trip to head to Reno, Nevada.

Photo credit: Getty


More from Business Insider
Looking to help refugees, this design student created jackets that transform into tents and sleeping bags
Here's how to get 'Pokémon Go' in the UK on iPhone and Android — even though it's not out here yet
I tried a startup that lets you borrow clothes from someone else's closet. Here's what I found

SEE ALSO: What it's like to use MealPass, the startup that means I never have to pack a lunch for work again

Read Full Story

Can't get enough business news?

Sign up for Finance Report by AOL and get everything from retailer news to the latest IPOs delivered directly to your inbox daily!

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.