Fast food isn’t always cheap.
According to a new study by Certify, a company that processes corporate expense reimbursements, the most-expensed restaurants by business travelers in North America are Starbucks, McDonald’s, Panera Bread and Subway — in that order.
Among the 15 most-expensed restaurants, the average amount spent at a Starbucks is $11.55 and at McDonald’s is $8.75 (the cheapest average bill of the 15) — but one restaurant chain, Panera Bread, stands out from the fray with its comparatively hefty average expensed meal tab of $39.52.
The fast-casual cafe-style chain is not truly fast food, like McDonald’s or Burger King, but even when compared with sit-down restaurants, like Applebee’s ($35.46) and Chili’s ($34.66), Panera Bread still presented the biggest bill.
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