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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Baskin Robbins

This ice cream favorite offers 31 flavors, including ones unique only to Mexico.

Porfirio Diaz No 133
Col Del Valle, Mexico D.F
Cp 3100, Mexico City, Mexico

 
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Bembos

This homegrown restaurant chain challenges its customers to submit their own creations, such as La Pobre or “Poor Man’s Burger” topped with plantains and a fried egg.

Av. Larco cuadra 10
Lima, Peru

 
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Casa de Toño

This restaurant serves Pozole, a typical Mexican soup of cream corn, vegetables, meats, fried pork skin and hominy in a tomato base spiced with Bajio chile. Wash it down with a Sidral Mundet beverage (a sparkling pasteurized apple juice).

Sabino 166
Col. Santa Ma. Insurgentes
Mexico City, Mexico

 
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Ceviche Express

A refreshing ceviche made with fish, shrimp, octopus, conch or all of the above, is the perfect meal on a hot day in Managua, Nicaragua.

Plaza Gourmet El Mirador
Km 8 ½ Carretera
Masaya, Nicaragua

 
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Doggis and Juan Maestro

Everyone knows and loves Chile’s largest fast food hot dog chain, Doggis, and its sister restaurant, Juan Maestro, which specializes in meat sandwiches.

Mall Plaza Vespucio, Ave
Vicuña Mackenna N° 7110
La Florida, Santiago, Chile

 
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Domino’s Pizza

In Santiago, more sandwiches are sold than pizza at this popular chain.

Compania de jesus (ricardo cumming)
Santiago, Chile

 
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Domino’s Pizza

This pizza chain not only has unique toppings and combinations, but has also added its own special touch to the crust by making their pizzas square.

Elmer Faucett 398
Lima 32, Peru

 
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Domino’s Pizzas

This popular pizza chain adapts to local tastes by making thinner crusts with a sweeter tomato sauce and some outrageous sweet pizzas, such as the banana pizza with sugar and cinnamon.

Alameda Santos, 996
Sao Paulo, 01418-903, Brazil

 
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Dunkin Donuts

They’ve made their mark on Peru with more than 50 different kinds of donuts to dunk into their signature coffees.

Conde Jr. Superunda 151
Lima, Peru

 
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Giraffas

One of the most popular local chains specializes in Brazilian grilled meats.

Guarulhos Shopping Center
Rodovia Presidente Dutra, Saída 225, Itapegica
Guarulhos, 07034-911

 
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Habib’s

With over 400 stores throughout the country, this restaurant specializes in Arabic food with a Brazilian twist, such as the esfihas, which are mini Lebanese pizzas stuffed with your choice of cheese, chicken, beef or spinach.

Av Eng Armando Arruda Pereira, 2285
4309011 Jabaquara, Sao Paulo

 
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Hamburguesas El Corral

A local chain restaurant with 170 stores that makes homegrown hamburgers. Get your burger with typical American condiments, fried eggs and grilled onions, or with sour cream and plantains.

Carrera 46 no. 93-100.
Barranquilla, Colombia

 
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KFC

Signature chicken choices are offered on the menu, but locals love the side dishes that cater to regional tastes. Their fried chicken is served with fried yuca chips or arepa -- a flat bread made with flour, water and salt.

Buena Vista Mall
Calle 98 Barranquilla
Atlantico, Colombia

 
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KFC

A full 3-course meal from appetizers to dessert, made with local ingredients and flavors, can be consumed in just 1 sitting.

Mall Arauco Maipu Ave
Américo Vespucio 399
Santiago, Chile

 
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La Lucha SangucherIa

This company started as a way for the owner to feed his employees, but grew to become one of the most popular sandwich shops around town.

La Lucha Sanguchería
Av. Diagonal cuadra 3
Miraflores District 15073
Lima, Peru

 
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McDonald’s

The diverse menu, which includes the Cheddar McMelt, with whipped cheddar cheese and caramelized onion in a soy-type sauce, means big business for the more than 600 McDonald’s locations around Brazil.

Rua Henrique Schaumann, 80
Sao Paulo, 05413-010, Brazil

 
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McDonald’s

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

 
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McDonald’s

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

 
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McDonald’s

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

 
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McDonald’s

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

 
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McDonald’s

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

 
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Subway

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

 
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Subway

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

 
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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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