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The top restaurant franchises of 2010--and some of the dishes that got them there

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This story appears in the April 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

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Though they faced the same struggles as other franchises, restaurants as a whole continued to perform pretty well last year, accounting for more than one-fifth of Entrepreneur's 2010 Franchise 500® . The strongest showings belonged to restaurants that aimed specifically for recession-weary customers, with comfort food (anything fried or frosty), impulse snacks (mall-based baked goods) and, especially, bargains ($5 Footlongs, anyone? $5 anything, anyone?). And, as always, there was plenty of mad science on the menu--from drinkable sundaes to deep-fried hamburgers.

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