As for most industry watchers, culminating the very best of the breed in a fast-growing segment is often a difficult task. With more than 600 fast casual concepts in the half-trillion-dollar restaurant industry, paring the list down to just 100 is not for the faint of heart.
This years top spot goes to Au Bon Pain. Our choice was a close one, with Café Express, Camilles, Qdoba and Panera rounding out the top five. Panera has held the top spot before, while Camilles and Qdoba have been in the top five for three years running.
The choice boiled down to the creative portion tactics Au Bon Pain implemented this year, along with the brands aggressive growth plan and stellar management team.
Download the full report to get the details on how we made our selections and who made the Fast Casual Top 100 list.