Can You Identify These Fast Food Logos when the Names Are Missing?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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Love them or hate them, there is no denying just how important and influential the fast food industry has been in recent history - not only in the United States but on a global scale as well. From burgers and pizza to sushi and noodles, fast food comes in a wide variety of shapes, tastes, colors, and flavors. This variety of fast food makes for a very interesting quiz that's bound to keep you on your toes!

The U.S. is notable for having the most inclusive and varied selection of fast food restaurants compared to any other country in the world. This is due largely in part to the fact that the U.S. is made up of cultures from all corners of the globe. This means that no matter what your favorite tastes are - bitter or sweet, spicy or salty - you're bound to find a fast food choice you can enjoy in your city.

So c'mon, clear your table for today and let's see if you've got what it takes to stomach all 50 of the questions on our delicious fast food quiz!

With the help of a family friend (Peter Buck) who loaned him $1000, Fred DeLuca started the first “Pete’s Super Submarines” in 1965 when he was just 17! By 1974, the pair operated 16 restaurants, then renamed “Subway,” throughout Connecticut.

Arby’s was founded by brothers Forrest and Leroy Raffel in 1964. The name “Arby’s” was chosen based on “R.B.” standing for Raffel Brothers; they had originally wanted to use the name “Big Tex” but it was already in use by another business. In the early years, Arby’s restaurants were more luxuriously decorated than the typical fast food restaurant, hoping to attract more upscale customers.

Founded in 1983 in California, Panda Express restaurants were initially only located in mall food courts. These Chinese cuisine outlets can now be found in many other establishments, and even as stand-alone restaurants throughout North America and Asia. Panda Express has more than 2,000 locations and is the largest Asian restaurant chain in the U.S.

Jack in the Box was founded in 1951 in California and despite serving only 21 states in the U.S., the chain has 2,200 locations. For 14 years, until 2017, Jack in the Box wholly owned fellow fast-food​ chain Qdoba Mexican Grill until it was bought by Apollo Global Management.

Co-founders Rich Komen and Ray Lindstrom sought the help of famous Seattle baker Jerilyn Brusseau to finalize the recipe for a “perfect cinnamon roll” and then opened the very first Cinnabon in 1985 in a mall in Washington. The chain has now grown to more​ than 1,200 outlets in 48 countries. The bakery chain, known for its cinnamon rolls, is usually located in malls, rest stops, airports, and other existing establishments.

Panera Bread was founded in 1987 in Missouri under the name, “St. Louis Bread Company.” The chain adopted the new name 10 years later, with “Panera” meaning “bread basket” in Latin, though it still operates as St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis area where it originated, and where more than 100 locations can be found!

Steak ‘n Shake was founded in 1934 in Illinois by Gus Belt and now boasts more than 540 locations in eight countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Surprisingly, there’s no stand-alone steak on the Steak ‘n Shake’s menu. Its Steakburger is so-named because it was traditionally made from a mixture of different cuts of steak.

This Canadian coffee chain opened its first shop in 1963 in Toronto and now has more than 1,000 outlets throughout Canada. Country Style ranks third in the local coffee market after Tim Hortons and Starbucks. It​ serves other products such as donuts, sandwiches, smoothies and salads.

​The name of this coffeehouse chain comes from a character in the book, Moby Dick, the chief mate, Starbuck. Another Moby Dick-related name, “Pequod,” was also considered when friends Jerry Baldwin, Zev Siegl and Gordon Bowker decided to open a high-quality coffee shop. The trio was inspired after learning how to roast coffee beans, and went on to open the first Starbucks in 1971 in Seattle.

This pizza-buffet restaurant chain was founded in 1985 by Joe Croce and Mike Cole as “Cici’s Pizza” in Texas before the name was changed to “Cicis” and a new logo was designed in 2015. After more than 30 years in operation, Cicis now has more than 500 restaurants in 35 states.

Chick-fil-A’s origins date back to 1946 Goergia, when founder S. Truett Cathy first opened the restaurant as “Dwarf House” before rebranding and renaming it in 1967. In accordance with its founder’s Southern Baptist beliefs, Chick-fil-A restaurants are closed on Sundays. Chick-fil-A restaurants will open, however, in case of emergencies or disasters to provide free food to those in need.

Carl’s Jr. started as a hot dog cart in 1941 Los Angeles, founded by Carl and Margaret Karcher. The couple's first full-service restaurant, “Carl’s Drive-In Barbecue,” opened in 1945 and the first two restaurants under the name “Carl’s Jr.” were opened in 1956. The chain is mostly based in the Western and Southwestern U.S.

Founded in 1953 as “InstaBurger King,” this fast-food chain introduced its signature item, the Whopper, four years later. Its popularity has inspired many similar products from competitors, such as McDonald’s Big N’ Tasty and Wendy’s Big Classic. In Australia, Burger King franchises operate under the name “Hungry Jack” due to trademark disputes.

Captain Submarine (also branded as Capt. Sub) was founded in Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1972. On the logo of this submarine sandwich chain is a caricature based on Admiral Constantine Lewis III, a real-life prominent figure in Canadian naval history.

In 1960, brothers Tom and James Monaghan took over operations of the pizzeria, “DomiNick’s.” Five years later, when the chain began to expand, they changed the name to Domino’s. The Monaghans had originally planned to add a dot to the logo’s three dots for each new location, but this idea was scrapped due to Domino’s fast growth.

Founder Larry Levine was inspired to create a Tex-Mex style restaurant when he attended the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off in 1967. The very first Chili’s restaurant in 1975 was a remodeled postal station, and the second location in 1976 was a remodeled flower shop!

Although it's now the world’s largest restaurant chain by revenue, McDonald’s had its beginnings as a hot dog stand near an airport in the 1930s, run by brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald. In 1940,​ they rebranded as the stand-alone restaurant “McDonald’s Bar-B-Que” and the main menu item became hamburgers instead of hot dogs.

Quiznos was founded in 1981 in Denver, Colorado, by Jimmy Lambatos. The chain filed for bankruptcy but subsequently emerged from it all in 2014. It is now the second-largest submarine sandwich chain in the U.S., behind Subway.

In 1988, Anne Beller and her husband, Jonas, started the chain as a market stand in Pennsylvania. It has grown to more than 1,500 locations worldwide. Though typically found in shopping malls, Auntie Anne’s can also be found in many non-traditional spaces, such as universities, airports and military bases.

WingStreet is one of the relatively new fast food chains, having been founded in 2003 by Yum! Brands, which also owns Pizza Hut, KFC, and Taco Bell. WingStreet restaurants are always located alongside Pizza Huts.

Founder William Rosenberg, who had worked selling food in factories and construction sites, realized that the most popular items were coffee and donuts. This inspired him to create Massachusetts restaurant “Open Kettle” in 1948. It was later renamed “Dunkin’ Donuts” in 1950.

The first Edo Japan was opened in Alberta, Canada, in 1979 by Japanese Buddhist minister Susumu Ikuta. He wanted to open a healthy and traditional Teppanyaki-style restaurant. Teppanyaki is a method of Japanese cooking that utilizes an iron griddle to cook food.

Jollibee began as “Magnolia Ice Cream” in 1975, founded by Tony Tan Caktiong and his family in Quezon City, Philippines. Customers suggested they serve sandwiches and other similar foods, so by 1978, they canceled the Magnolia franchise and converted it into fast food restaurants under the name of “Jollibee."

KFC was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders (the man in the logo) in 1930 during the Great Depression when he began selling fried chicken in his roadside restaurant in North Corbin, Kentucky. The very first franchise came quite a bit later, in 1952, and KFC has experienced rapid growth ever since.

Having been founded in 2004 as part of MTY Group, Thai Express is relatively new to the fast food scene but is by no means falling behind. The Canadian restaurant chain already has over 250 locations in Canada, all of which are franchised.

Created in Colorado in 1995 by chain restaurant corporation Boston Market (then known as Boston Chicken), Einstein Bros. was the chain’s way of marketing breakfast foods. Einstein Bros. is now owned by Einstein and Noah Corp.

After founder Jimmy John Liautaud graduated from high school in 1982, his father gave him the choice of either starting a business or enlisting in the military. In the next year, Liautaud opened a sandwich shop with a loan from his father and in just 35 years, the chain has grown to more than 2,500 locations across the U.S.

This Italian-American restaurant was founded by brothers Frank and Dan Carney in Kansas, 1958. In 2004, the chain introduced the “Pizza Hut Italian Bistros," which are more upscale versions of Pizza Huts with other Italian dishes, such as pasta and toasted sandwiches.

Greco Pizza was founded in 1997 in New Brunswick, Canada. The franchise is, in some locations, associated with a Captain Submarine franchise. Greco locations in rural areas are usually called “Greco Express” and associated with other establishments, such as convenience stores and motels.

Formerly known as “Cape Cod” and “Long John Silver’s Seafood Shoppe,” the first restaurant of this chain was founded in 1969 in Kentucky. The brand’s name comes from the pirate, Long John Silver, a character in the well-known classic novel, Treasure Island.

This fried chicken chain was founded in Louisiana in 1972 by Al Copeland. The chain was named after the character, Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, from the movie, "The French Connection," and not the comic/cartoon character Popeye the Sailor. However, the chain acquired rights to use Popeye the Sailor for marketing in its early years.

In 1945 brothers-in-law Burt Baskin and Irv Robbins merged their separate ice cream shops to create the first Baskin-Robbins in California. The chain now boasts more than 7,500 locations. Since its founding, the chain has introduced more than 1,000 flavors!

This mostly Southern U.S.-based fast food chain was founded in Georgia in 1990 by childhood friends Zach McLeroy and Tony Townley. The chain has its own signature dipping sauce, known as “Zax Sauce.” Zaxby’s restaurants are known for their décor that matches the town in which they are located.

Chipotle Mexican Grill was founded in Colorado in 1993 by Steve Ells. McDonald’s became a major investor in 1998, and within the next eight years, the chain grew from 16 locations to 500, and now more than 2,000! The name comes from the Nahuati word for a smoked and dried jalapeño pepper.

Originally known as “Boston Chicken,” this chain was founded in Massachusetts in 1984. Eleven years later, the menu expanded to include turkey, sandwiches, and other dishes along with the original rotisserie chicken; the name was then changed to Boston Market. The chain now has around 450 locations in 28 states and is especially prominent in the Northeastern U.S.

Dixy Chicken was founded in 1986 by Mohammed Chowdury and Samuel Jackson, two British Pakistanis. The chain offers halal versions of popular fast food products (i.e. food which is prepared in a way that adheres to Islamic law). There are more than 150 outlets worldwide, approximately 110 of which are located in the United Kingdom.

Created in Los Angeles, California, in 1948 by married couple Harry and Esther Snyder, In-N-Out Burger was the very first drive-through hamburger stand in California. The company is still family-owned. The current owner is the Snyder's only grandchild, Lynsi Snyder. It is also among the few U.S. fast-food chains that pay employees more than minimum wage.

In 1919, Roy Allen opened a root beer stand in California, which later led to the founding of the first A&W Restaurant when he partnered with his employee, Frank Wright, in 1923. Ninety-five years later, and now with 1,200+ locations internationally, the chain is still known for its root beer, while also serving typical fast food,​ such as hot dogs, hamburgers and French fries.

Whataburger was founded in Texas in 1950 by Harmon Dobson and Paul Burton. Just a year later, the pair ended its partnership due to conflicts in opinion. The chain is currently owned and operated by Dobson’s family, along with franchisers. Well-known for their distinct orange and white A-framed roofs, the very first such A-frame in Odessa, Texas, is now a historical landmark

Dairy Queen’s origins date back to 1938 in Illinois when John McCullough and his son, Alex, developed a soft-serve ice cream formula. They convinced family friend Sherb Noble to offer the product in his ice cream shop, and it became an instant hit! This led to the McCulloughs and Noble opening the first Dairy Queen store in 1940. The chain now has more than 6,400 locations worldwide.

Founded by George W. Church as “Church’s Fried Chicken To Go” in Texas in 1952, Church’s Chicken is the third-largest chicken restaurant chain after KFC and Popeyes. During the 1980s, the chain operated as the hamburger franchise, “G. W. Jrs,” for a short while.

With more than 6,500 outlets (more than 6,200 of which are franchised), Wendy’s is the third-largest hamburger chain behind Burger King and McDonald’s. Wendy’s sets standards for the ​menu, food quality, and exterior appearance, while franchisees have a choice of opening hours, pricing, staff uniforms, interior décor and more.

Dicos was founded in Sichuan, China, in 1994 and is one of the top three fast food chains in that country, having almost as many restaurants as McDonald’s. This Chinese restaurant’s food is American-style with an Asian twist, and its signature menu item is the Spicy “Good Luck” Chicken Sandwich.

This chicken wing-focused chain was founded in 1994 in Texas by Antonio Swad. Despite being relatively recently founded, the restaurants have a nostalgic 1930s/'40s aviation décor theme. Wingstop now has approximately 1,000 chains in the United States, Mexico, Philippines, Indonesia, and more countries worldwide.

The first Applebee’s opened in 1980 as “T.J. Applebee’s Rx for Edibles & Elixirs,” was started in Georgia by T.J. and Bill Palmer. The chain changed its name and concept in 1986 to “Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar” (the current full name), reflecting Palmer’s original concept of a homey restaurant. Except in areas where prohibited by law, all Applebee’s restaurants have a bar area where alcoholic beverages are served.

When hot dog stand owner Glen Bell saw long lines of customers at a Mexican taco restaurant across the street, he was inspired to create his own such establishment and started a new stand called “Taco-Tia” in 1952. The first restaurant under the name “Taco Bell” opened 10 years later and has grown into a chain of more than 7,000 locations worldwide.

This East Asian fast food chain was founded in Tokyo in 1972 by South Korean entrepreneur Shin Jun Ho and is a subsidiary of Korean-Japanese company, LOTTE. Outside of Japan, outlets can also be found in China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia and Cambodia. Lotteria is well-known for its unique menu items,​ such as its ramen burger and five-patty burger.

The first Little Caesars restaurant was in a strip mall in Michigan under the name “Little Caesar’s Pizza Treat.” It was founded by married couple Mike and Marian Ilitch in 1959. The chain originally served two square pizzas side by side in a 2-by-1 single package, but this has since been deemed unwieldy and discarded in favor of regular pizza boxes.

This doughnut and coffee chain’s origins date back to 1934 Tennessee when Vernon Rudolph and his uncle, Ishmael Armstrong, opened “The Krispy Kreme Doughnut Company.” Rudolph opened his own store in North Carolina in 1937, and thus became the first credited Krispy Kreme. The chain opened its 1,000th shop in Kansas City on February 24, 2015.

Southern Fried Chicken originated in the United Kingdom, founded by Arthur Withers. After travelling to the U.S. in the 1970s to learn more about commercial fast food, particularly fried chicken, the first official Southern Fried Chicken was opened in 1983. The chain is now headed by Withers’ son, Andrew Withers.

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