Yats Cajun Creole: This concept bills itself as a “local New Orleans-style joint” but was founded in Indianapolis in 2001. It has since grown to 15 locations. This concept scored a staggering 13.9 on food, 6.3 on price/value and 7.7 on loyalty/referral.
Gandolfo’s Deli: The New York-style deli first opened in Salt Lake City in 1989 and now includes about 15 locations in six states. It scored an 11.9 on food, a 1.1 on price/value and a 3.5 on loyalty/referral.
Bellagreen: This eight-unit, Texas-based American bistro founded in 2008 prides itself on its Certified Green ingredients. It scored a 6.4 on food, a 2.0 on price/value and a 6.1 on loyalty/referral.
Flatbread Company: Since 1998, this New Hampshire-based wood-fired pizza concept has grown to seven locations. This company scored a 9.0 on food, a 1.0 on price/value and a 3.4 on loyalty/referral.
The Melt: California’s The Melt focuses on grilled cheese, mac and cheese and burgers and only recently surpassed 20 locations, including food hall locations. This company scored a 4.9 on food, 1.3 on price/value and a 3.2 on loyalty/referral.
Mark’s Feed Store: This barbecue concept was founded in 1988 in Louisville, Kentucky, and now includes six locations. This concept scored a 4.2 on food, a 2.2 on price/value and a 2.4 on loyalty/referral.
Joella’s Hot Chicken: This Louisville-based concept was founded in 2015 and has since grown to nearly 15 locations. It scored a 5.6 on food, a 0.8 on price/value and a 2.6 on loyalty/referral.
Wildflower Bread: An Arizona-based restaurant and artisan bakery, this concept was founded in 1996 and now includes about 15 locations. It scored a 5.3 on food, a 1.8 on price/value and a 4.1 on loyalty/referral.
The Great Greek Mediterranean Grill: This brand was founded in 2011 in Nevada and now includes over 20 locations. It scored a 4.6 on food, a 1.0 on price/value and a 4.6 on loyalty/referral.
Taco Bus: This authentic Mexican concept has about 10 locations around the Tampa, Florida, market and was founded in 2011 originally as a food truck. It scored a 4.9 on food, a 3.0 on price/value and a 4.9 on loyalty/referral.