Est. 2011, Washington, DC
Number of locations: Six
What they do: Thai and East Asian cuisine using Chipotle's assembly line model
Why they might blow up: ShopHouse has the biggest claim to being the next Chipotle, because it was literally founded by the same guy. Its status as heir to the throne might've disqualified the chain from this list, except that it's filling a genuinely under-served market of Asian food-lovers whose appetite for authenticity, consistency, and speed can't be satisfied any other Wei.
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's national food and drink team. Only time will tell if his next Chipotle picks pan out, but rest assured that his last Chipotle pick was a carnitas burrito and it was totally spot-on. Follow him to reheated lunches at @Dannosphere.