Technomic Inc. has presented its first ever Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Award winners. Selected by consumers themselves, the winners were recognized January 16 at the Consumer Trends & Directions Conference in Newport Beach, Calif.

As part of its comprehensive Consumer Restaurant Brand Metrics program, Technomic asks consumers to rate 115 leading restaurant chains on more than 60 different attributes. The attributes capture the consumer experience from every angle, from the quality of the food to the overall brand reputation. The ongoing study records 80,000 consumer visits annually.

Based on analysis of consumer ratings in four key areas—food and beverage, service, atmosphere, and brand image—Technomic has named the inaugural winners of its Chain Restaurant Consumers’ Choice Awards.

Pillar of Excellence  

Quick Service

Fast Casual

  Full Service



Firehouse Subs

  Outback Steakhouse

Food & Beverage

Culver’s ButterBurgers 
& Frozen Custard

McAlister’s Deli

  Cracker Barrel Old Country Store


Caribou Coffee

Panera Bread Co.

  LongHorn Steakhouse

Brand Image

Jamba Juice

Qdoba Mexican Grill  

  Red Robin Gourmet Burgers


“Technomic is pleased to recognize these leading chains for their success at satisfying customers,” says Technomic executive vice president Darren Tristano. “But it’s important to point out that it’s the consumers who rated the chains and selected the winners. In essence, this award is from the customers themselves.”


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