The 10 Best Fast-Casual Family Restaurants

9 Aug

Parents magazine revealed the exclusive findings from its first-ever 10 Best Fast-Casual Family Restaurants survey. At a time when many household budgets don’t allow for meals out at sit-down restaurants and fast-food places aren’t exactly known for healthy menus, “fast casual” restaurants, a hybrid of the two, are increasingly popular with families across the country. Fast-casual restaurants provide quick meals, usually made from healthier ingredients, served in a more upscale setting.

#1 Cosi

· 147 locations in 19 states

#2 Jason’s Deli

· 210 locations in 27 states

#3 Noodles & Company

· 205 locations in 18 states

#4 Fazoli’s

· 260 locations in 26 states

#5 Panera Bread

· 1,264 locations in 40 states

#6 Zpizza

· 91 locations in 16 states

#7 Atlanta Bread

· 103 locations in 24 states

#8 Corner Bakery Café

· 115 locations in 11 states

#9 Taco Del Mar

· 260 locations in 20 states

#10 McAlister’s Deli

· 283 locations in 22 states

“These days, tight household budgets make going out to eat as a family a real treat,” said Dana Points, editor-in-chief of Parents. “The ten restaurants on Parents’ list are affordable, healthy and family-friendly.”

Each restaurant answered a 25-question survey and submitted nutritional information for all of the items on their kids’ menus. Parents then examined the calories, fat and sodium in each dish on the menu. Healthfulness and range of choices on the kids’ menu made up 70% of each restaurant’s score. The survey, which made up the remaining 30% of each restaurant’s overall ranking, included questions about family conveniences, value promotions, and kid-friendly features.

Via: Mom Cooks


One Response to “The 10 Best Fast-Casual Family Restaurants”

  1. hartyboy August 10, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    Great article, it amazes me how many of these restaurants I am unfamiliar with?

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