There are a lot of restaurants in Minnesota, but this familiar chain is the one that Minnesotans say is the most trusted in the entire state.

Minnesota may be known for having a lot of lakes-- 11,842 according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR)-- but we also have a lot of restaurants. And while it may not be 11,000, an online database compiled by Smartscrapers, estimates that there are currently 5,133 restaurants operating in the North Star State as of April 2024.

Only ONE of those 5,133 restaurants, though, is the Most Trusted. But which one took that title here in the Gopher State? That's the question the number-crunchers over at Clarify Capital set out to answer.

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How did they figure it out? Clarify Capital said: 'To determine which U.S. industries and businesses are the most trustworthy, we consulted the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and then surveyed over 1,000 Americans about their opinions about different industries and specific brands,' the survey noted.

And when it comes to restaurants, they used those same procedures to determine a list of the Most Trusted Restaurant Chains in Minnesota, which includes some familiar names:

  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Sonic Drive-In
  • Panera Bread
  • KFC
  • McDonald's
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But with a 40 percent approval rate on their trustworthiness, the title of Most Trusted Restaurant Chain in Minnesota goes to:

Pizza Hut!

A Pizza Hut in Rochester, MN (Google Street View)
A Pizza Hut in Rochester, MN (Google Street View)

That's right, the Pizza Hut website says the familiar chain was founded in 1958 in Witchita, Kansas and was called 'Pizza Hut' because the original sign only had room for eight letters. Today, Pizza Hut has more than 16,000 restaurants and 350,000 team members in more than 100 countries.

And, that includes 112 Pizza Hut locations across the Bold North. Keep scrolling to see where there are, and keep scrolling to check out some common restaurant food here that raises eyebrows in other parts of the world!


  • Albert Lea
  • Alexandria
  • Andover
  • Anoka
  • Apple Valley
  • Austin
  • Baxter
  • Bemidji
  • Blaine
  • Bloomington
  • Blue Earth
  • Brooklyn Center
  • Buffalo
  • Burnsville
  • Cambridge
  • Champlin
  • Chaska
  • Cloquet
  • Columbia Heights
  • Coon Rapids
  • Cottage Grove
  • Crystal
  • Deer River
  • Delano
  • Detroit Lakes
  • Duluth
  • Eagan
  • Eden Prairie
  • Edina
  • Elk River
  • Faribault
  • Farmington
  • Forest Lake
  • Fridley
  • Grand Rapids
  • Hastings
  • Hopkins
  • Hutchinson
  • Inver Grove Heights
  • Lakeville
  • Lino Lakes
  • Litchfield
  • Mankato
  • Maple Grove
  • Maplewood
  • Marshall
  • Minneapolis
  • Minnetonka
  • Monticello
  • Moorhead
  • Mora
  • Morris
  • Northfield
  • Owatonna
  • Park Rapids
  • Pine City
  • Plymouth
  • Princeton
  • Prior Lake
  • Richfield
  • Rochester
  • Rogers
  • Rosemount
  • Roseville
  • Saint Cloud
  • Saint James
  • Saint Louis Park
  • Saint Michael
  • Saint Paul
  • Shakopee
  • Shoreview
  • Spring Lake Park
  • St. Louis Park
  • Thief River Falls
  • Virginia
  • Waconia
  • Wadena
  • West Saint Paul
  • Winona
  • Woodbury

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