The best in America

On December 18, global travel site TripAdvisor revealed a new ranking of the top American restaurant chains for 2019. The ranking lists the top 30 American chains and is broken down into three categories based on the size of the chains. Fine dining, casual dining quick service, and fast casual brands were all included.

7. Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen

Is “sea to table” a thing? Because that’s probably how you should categorize Pappadeaux. This family-owned seafood chain is so invested in freshness that they even own their own fleet of trucks to bring the fish straight from the docks to their restaurants. Since opening their first restaurant in 1986 in Houston, the brand has been steadily expanding across Texas, with additional locations in seven other states; their 40th store opened last spring Lawrenceville, Georgia. And while the Lousiana-inspired menu may include etouffee and po’boys, dishes like the Texas Redfish Pontchartrain ensure that there’s still plenty of Lone Star State style to go around.