Try These Southern-Started Restaurant Chains

Olive Garden This Italian establishment was definitely a special occasion restaurant for all of us, and the soup, salad, and breadsticks are still great.

Waffle House Waffle House, founded in 1955 in Avondale Estates, Georgia, serves breakfast all day and night. The retro look, traditional menu, and, in some cases, long-tenured

Chick-Fil-A S. Truett Cathy invented Chick-Fil-A at this diner.


Chicken sandwich recipes date back to 1946, and the first franchise established near Atlanta in 1967. The original sandwich

 Jim 'N Nick's BBQ is essential, and Birmingham, Alabama-born Jim ‘N Nick's is a classic. The business has smoked all meats “low and slow” using its unique spices and hickory smoke since 1985

Whataburger At one of 900+ US locations, order nostalgia with your burger and fries. While mostly limited to the South, Whataburger has moved into Arizona

Ruby Slipper + Ruby Sunshine Jennifer and Erich Weishaupt founded all-day brunch to offer joy to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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