Ten Best Restaurant Chains Missing in Miami

Miami is not missing much. About 363 days of beach weather? Check. European tourists in Speedos plucking up overpriced designer items? Check. Damn near every taste, flavor, and kind of restaurant you can think of? Check.

There are, however, a few things we lack. Domestic restaurant chains that litter either the West Coast, Eastern Seaboard or the deep South often stop somewhere near Tampa or Orlando. They rarely make it to the Magic City. And when international chains hit the United States, they usually start off in New York or Los Angeles. In most cases, Miami is last on the map.

Wonder what we're missing out on? Here is a list of the top ten restaurants chains you'll have to catch a plane to catch a bite of.

Ten Best Restaurant Chains Missing in Miami
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10. Texas Roadhouse

Founded by a former manager at Kentucky Fried Chicken, Texas Roadhouse is known for featuring line dancing and serving a bucket of peanuts at every table. Though the second of now 67 locations is located in Gainesville, apparently Miami is too south -- or rather not "South" enough for the steakhouse franchise. Everything is made from scratch out of a menu that highlights cheese, mushrooms, and barbecue. The chain also hosts several cooking championships across the country featuring its ribs and steaks, which are sourced from Tyson Foods and Smithfield Foods.

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9. Yoshinoya

Yoshinoya is as legendary in Japan as McDonald's is on this side of the Pacific. Established in Tokyo in 1899, it is the country's largest chain of gyūdon (beef bowl) restaurants. The franchise has survived earthquakes, price wars with McDonald's, and even a mad cow outbreak. In the U.S., Yoshinoya has stores in California and Nevada. Stores were opened in New York City, Texas and Arizona, but closed within the same year of opening. No current aspirations of expansion are planned in the United States.

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