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Fast Foods Gone Global

In Europe, fast food chains offer local twists on American classics. Try McDonald's Beef A La Russe in Moscow, fried fish at KFC in Paris and Turkish sausage at Pizza Hut in Istanbul.

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100 Montaditos

100 Montaditos means one hundred little sandwiches, and that is exactly what this place serves in bountiful varieties that never get old and are easy on the pocketbook.

Nivel 2, Carrer de Potosi
2 08030, Barcelona, Spain

 
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Bageterie Boulevard

This Czech take on a sandwich shop opened in 2003 and has been a big hit with its local twist on fresh sandwiches, such as the Katalanska sandwich made with meat, chorizo, salami and cheese.

Vodičkova 21, Praha 1
Prague, Czech Republic

 
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Domino’s

India, which was formerly under the British Empire, has influenced modern British cooking. This is certainly evident in the pizzas at Domino’s, with options such as the Tandoori Chicken, with chicken marinated in yogurt and Indian spices.

166 High Holborn
London WC1V 6TT, U.K.

 
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Domino’s Pizza

Domino’s in Spain serves a very unique, melt-in-your-mouth product on its pizzas -- ham from black foot pigs raised in the wild and cured for months before serving.

71, Esplugues Cornella de Llobregat 08940
Barcelona, Spain

 
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Dunkin’ Coffee

These donuts and coffee have a Spanish flair that appeals to local palates.

La Rambla, 89, 08002
Barcelona, Spain

 
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Dunkin’ Donuts

Munchkins are a popular sweet in Russia’s Dunkin’ Donuts locations, along with strawberry-glazed donuts filled with either sweet Bavarian cream or mixed berries.

ул. Нов. Арбат, 17
Moscow, Russia

 
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Gooh!

“Gooh!” stands for “get out of here!” and this local Swedish chain offers gourmet meals that can be heated in a microwave for just 3 minutes so you can get outta there!

Stockholm Central Station
Centralplan 111120
Stockholm, Sweden

 
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Havelska Koruna

Since 1996, this cafeteria-style fast food restaurant has been feeding locals with its Czech comfort dishes such as pig knuckles, stew with beef hearts and chicken schnitzel.

Havelská 501/23
110 00 Praha-Old Town
Prague, Czech Republic

 
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KFC

This popular chain serves up its traditional crispy fried chicken, but also adds its own twist to the menu, including local beer.

Wenceslas Square 56
Prague, Czech Republic

 
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KFC

Just as in the US, this chain became famous for its bucket of fried chicken, but in France Parisians gravitate towards the restaurant’s smaller finger food items.

Alesia 4 avenue Jean Moulin, 75014
Paris, France

 
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KFC

A central location for ancient spice traders, KFC in Istanbul takes the tradition of using a lot of spices in Turkish cooking to make some of its customers’ favorite meals, such as the filet of chicken with cheese, spicy mayo and muhammara sauce.

Beş Telsiz Mh. Zeytinburnu
Istanbul, Turkey

 
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KFC

Started in 1965, KFC has expanded its traditional menu to suit English taste buds.

Clapham store 106/108
Clapham High St
Clapham, London SW4 7UJ, U.K.

 
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Max Burgers

The oldest fast food eatery in Sweden has an environmentally sustainable business plan and has won international taste tests for its hamburgers.

Ulvsundavägen 160
168 67 Bromma
Stockholm, Sweden

 
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McDonald’s

On January 31, 1990, shortly after the fall of Communism in Russia and the Eastern Block, McDonald’s opened this restaurant with the largest turnout of customers in history.

Pushkin Square
Moscow, Russia

 
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McDonald’s

Just as in Russia, McDonald’s has taken off in popularity in Prague. Try the McSmazak made from deep-fried Edam cheese, chopped onions and a special sauce.

Vaclavske namesti 9
Prague 1, Czech Republic

 
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McDonald’s

Every year, McDonald’s in France serves over 600 million customers thanks to the French flair added to many menu items. Try the McBaguette, made with 2 beef patties, spicy grain mustard and Emmental cheese on a baguette.

116 Rue Rivoli 75001
Paris, France

 
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McDonald’s

For almost 40 years, McDonald’s has championed its traditional menu items along with Swedish favorites, such as the Frukostmackan, a sandwich on a soft roll with either Swedish ham and cheese or turkey and cream cheese for breakfast.

Bogårdsvägen 30
128 62 Sköndal, Sweden

 
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McDonald’s

This may be a US import to Spain, but there are many homegrown dishes that Spaniards love and can order through the electronic kiosks. Popular items include the McIberica burger of Spanish ham, local manchego cheese, tomato and Spanish olive oil.

Villa Olimpica area
Carrer de Jaume Vicens i Vives 208005
Barcelona, Spain

 
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McDonald’s

McDonald’s innovative menu in Turkey takes into consideration Muslim dietary restrictions and uses Halal meats in their dishes. Try the McKofta, a double kofta burger with yogurt sauce, onion and cheese.

Büyükdere Cad. Özsezen İş Merkezi No: 122/9 A-Blok Zincirlikuyu 34394
Istanbul, Turkey

 
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Pizza Hut

Unlike the US chain, Pizza Hut in Paris serves pies with local cheeses and sweet ingredients alongside wine to complement the flavors.

Halles 1, Square Des Innocents 75001
Paris, France

 
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Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut was the first pizza chain restaurant in Turkey and has made its mark thanks to the local spin on flavors.

Şehit Muhtar Mh. Beyoğlu
Istanbul, Turkey

 
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Pret A Manger

Pret A Manger translates to “ready to eat” and is Britain’s version of local, fresh and healthy food-on-the-go with a focused social mission.

54-60 York Way
Kings Cross, London N1 9AB

 
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Quick

For over 30 years, this fast food restaurant that originated in Belgium has served French-style hamburgers at over 400 locations.

82 Boulevard de Clichy
Paris, France

 
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Simit Sarayi

This homegrown fast food chain has almost 100 restaurants serving variations of simit, a traditional Turkish street food stuffed with local ingredients to take on the go.

Hobyar Mh. Fatih
Istanbul, Turkey

 
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Subway

Subway’s nearly 400 locations in Russia are popular among locals who love the menu’s variety. Menu items are designed to satisfy their palates, with options such as the mushroom sandwich with pork or Kvas beverage made from fermented rye bread.

Nevsky Prospekt 20
Moscow, Russia

 
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Subway

This US import has 60 stores throughout Paris, and while they serve classic sub sandwiches, their breakfasts are a hit with locals.

90 rue St Martin
Paris, France

 
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Subway

A much sought-after fast food restaurant thanks to the ingredients added to accommodate Swedish tastes. The menu includes a Skagenrora of shrimp, Swedish dill, creamy mayonnaise and fish eggs.

Sturegatan, 3
Stockholm, Sweden

 
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Subway

Launched 15 years ago, Subway now has about 1500 stores that cater to English sensibilities, from hearty breakfast options to subs with Indian spices. Their Mega sub is a full English breakfast in a sandwich, complete with meat and eggs.

311 Grays Inn Rd
London, WC1X 8PX, U.K.

 

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