Fast Foods Gone Global

Fast Foods Gone Global: Latin America

American chains are exporting more than just their classic burgers and fries to Latin America. They’re adapting to local tastes by offering Latin American favorites such as empanadas at McDonald's in ...

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Nicaraguans can find traditional menu items here, but the big traditional breakfast, which includes sausage, 2 scoops of rice and beans, fried plantains and more, is what draws them to McDonald’s.

Avenida de las Naciones Unidas
Managua, Nicaragua


Even McDonald’s puts a Chilean spin on its core menu -- from the Barros Jarpo, a melted ham and cheese sandwich, to the Lomo Palta, a sandwich made with ham and smashed avocado.

Avda La Dehesa 1987
Lo Barnechea
Santiago, Chile


With ice cream counters outside its restaurants and unique menu items, McDonald’s knows its customers’ tastes. Try the fried chicken with Aji sauce made of local chilies or the Lucuma Delight, with Oreo cookies topped with lucima mousse.

Av. Javier Prado Este 4715
La Molina, Lima, Peru


Colombians love their typical finger foods just as much as they love hamburgers and ice cream. The menu ranges from the McCriollo, made with scrambled eggs and corn to Lulo fruit ice cream, made with a local fruit that tastes like lime and rhubarb.

Calle 9 # Av San Martin (Cra 2)
Bolívar, Colombia


With 400 stores in Mexico, this imported fast food restaurant is growing thanks to the numerous choices offered on the menu, such as the MacMolletes, topped with refried beans, cheese and a spicy tomato-onion mixture.

Boulevard Manuel Avila Camacho #137
Colonia Los Morales Polanco
ZC. 11510 Mexico City, Mexico


What sets this sandwich shop apart is a Sao Paulo staple: cream cheese -- a key ingredient.

Alameda Santos, 1085 - Jardim Paulista
Sao Paulo, 01419-001, Brazil


Subway’s appeal stretches from their trademark fresh-baked bread to the special Mexican touches.

Insurgentes Sur 327, Cuauhtémoc
06100 Distrito Federal
Mexico City, Mexico

Tipicas Empanadas

With over 55 stands and restaurants, this local fast food chain offers the classic Colombian dish of arepas, with either cheese, eggs, ham, pineapple, fish or vegetables.

Avenida San Martin N° 5 – 14
Cartagena, Colombia


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