The term "chain restaurant" doesn't always bring quality grub to mind, but we found a few exceptions. The nominees on our list have won over Angelenos since their first store opened, dishing out vegan comfort food, some of the best chocolate in town, and more. You've helped them succeed and grow, and now you can help them win even more by voting in our best new local chain expansion category.
See the other contenders for the Food & Drink Awards and cast your ballot for the best new local chain expansion of the year.
*Voting ends April 21 and the winners will be announced on May 12.