Fast Foods Gone Global

From Taiwanese dumplings to Japanese green tea cream puffs, international food chains are introducing their homegrown flavors to American customers -- and adding some American appeal to the menu.

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100 Montaditos

100 Montaditos is a Spanish sandwich chain with 100 sandwiches made with bread flown in from Spain.

175 N Hiatus Rd
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

 
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85 Degrees C Bakery Café

This coffee chain from Taiwan offers pastries, cakes and beverages that Americans love.

2700 Alton Pkwy
Irvine, CA 92606

 
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Aroma Espresso Bar and Café

This Israeli café has coffee beans from all around the world, along with house-made pastries.

145 Greene St
New York, NY 10012

 
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Beard Papa’s

This Japanese bakery is known for its cream puffs. The customer picks the shell and the filling, and it's made to order.

2167 Broadway
New York, NY 10024

 
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Café Bene

This café originally from South Korea is modeled after a 17th-century European salon. They serve Korean and European fare, such as shaved ice with red bean paste and Belgian waffles with whipped cream, caramel and chocolate sauce.

1611 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

 
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Din Tai Fung

This Taiwanese restaurant is internationally recognized for its dumplings (selling 10,000 a day at the Los Angeles location) and buns stuffed with meat, seafood, veggies or red beans.

1088 South Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91007

 
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Giraffas

Giraffas is a chain from Brazil with traditional Brazilian food as well as some dishes adapted to American tastes.

3252 Buena Vista Ave #106
Miami, FL 33137

 
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Le Pain Quotidien

This café chain from Belgium specializes in homemade breads. Le Pain cooks use organic ingredients and have not compromised their menu for American tastes.

65 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10012

 
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Maoz

Maoz is a fast food restaurant from Amsterdam geared toward vegetarians and vegans with sandwiches made of pita bread and various toppings, including hummus, avocado and marinated beets.

683 8th Ave
New York, NY 10036

 
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Pret a Manger

A bakery-café originating from the UK that makes small, to-go meals in on-site kitchens. This chain prides itself on fresh natural foods, and any food that isn’t sold that day is donated to charity.

1432 K St NW & Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20533

 
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Yo! Sushi

The sushi here circulates the restaurant on conveyer belts for customers to select and eat.

Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

 
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Yoshinoya

Yoshinoya is a restaurant chain that started in Japan with only one dish: the signature beef bowl. Today there are restaurants all over the world with more than one dish on the menu.

Store 1251
1777 E Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90021

 

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