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

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

Wendy's

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.

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Chick-fil-A

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.

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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.

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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.


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Zaxby's

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.

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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.

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Culver's

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.


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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.

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