Starbucks, McDonald's the Most Expensed Restaurants

Naturally, businessmen expensing their meals while traveling tend to stick to chains

It looks like Starbucks and McDonald's will maintain their reign over the taste buds of America; The New York Times reports that Certify has analyzed the top restaurants for expensed meals, and those two megachains remained at the top.

Certify, a cloud travel and expense management software, found that Subway, Panera Bread, and Burger King rounded out the top five choices (perhaps Burger King will win back its second-place position?).

Starbucks had a total of 20,084 transactions, with purchases averaging at $7.54. McDonald's had 12,419 transactions (average $6.73), while Subway had 8,627 (average $11.88).

Panera, with 5,156 transactions, had the highest average purchase, at $19.12. Burger King, in the meantime, had 4,091 business purchases, averaging at $8.45. All this chain love makes sense; as New York Times writer Ann Carrns justifies, "I got up early, returned from reporting late, and the restaurant [Olive Garden] was on the way back to my hotel." People working don't always have time to eat at a local taco stand or barbecue joint, because we are not all Anthony Bourdain, who eats for a job. Sad.

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kristafir's picture

20,084 transactions total from all the chains? in what amount of time? this is super vague.

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