Fast Foods Gone Global

Our Fast Foods Gone Global pictures show how Asia, Europe and the Pacific Rim have all adopted the West’s fast-food giants: McDonald’s, Subway and KFC.

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Cinnamon and lots of icing make these sticky cinnamon buns a treat morning, noon or night. 960 1280

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The original buns -- freshly-baked hot cross buns served hot with raisins baked inside. 960 1280

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Moving away from sticky and into the classics stuck between buns, we first start with Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe. First opened in 1922 in Naugatuck, CT, by 3 Italian brothers, Nardelli's serves authentic Italian meat sandwiches. 960 1280

  

One more classic from Nardelli's -- a meatball sub. Mmm. 960 1280

  

The Vortex in Atlanta, GA, opened its doors in 1992. Each burger is a work of art. One specialty burger, called the Elvis Burger, is served with peanut butter, bacon and banana. 960 1280

  

The Super Fat Daddy sandwich at Munchie's in Sarasota, FL, is loaded with 6 cheeseburgers, french fries, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, a pound of Philly steak, mushrooms, peppers and several slices of cheese. Not your average sandwich, but we'll take the goodies stuck in the middle anyway. 960 1280

  

Juicy cuts of pastrami meat for the best sandwiches can't be purchased just anywhere. Next time you're in New York City, stop on over at Katz's Delicatessen and 2nd Ave Deli for some of the best. 960 1280

  

New Englanders are proud of their lobster rolls and 2 restaurants in Kennebunkport, ME, claim to be the best -- The Clam Shack and Alisson's Restaurant. Next time you're in Maine, taste them both and see for yourself. 960 1280

  

Open 24 hours a day, the 75-year-old Primanti Brothers in Pittsburgh, PA, serves 20 different sandwiches. All their sandwiches are prepared on Italian bread with their special addition -- french fries. 960 1280

  

Do you know who created the first Coney Island hot dog? Perhaps the winner of this war will never be determined, but the hot dogs at American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island in Detroit, MI, are delicious. 960 1280

  

In St. Louis, MO, the Iron Barley's Monte Cristo hot dog is served with 2 filleted Chicago-red hot dogs grilled with strawberry jam and melted cheese. 960 1280

  

GCS Ballpark in Sauget, IL, has a burger that surpasses all the others and is dubbed Baseball's Best Burger. A burger topped with bacon and cheddar cheese, served between 2 Krispy Kreme doughnut halves -- What's not to love? 960 1280

  

John Ascuaga's Nugget and The (Little) Nugget in Reno, NV, both claim to have the best Awful, Awful Burger. You be the judge. 960 1280

  

We think Anthony Bourdain said it best when he visited Chicago's Silver Palm restaurant and devoured a sandwich called 3 Little Pigs, topped with smoked ham, breaded pork cutlet, 2 strips of bacon and 2 fried eggs -- "A work of genius, in an evil way." 960 1280

  

The Cherry Cricket in Denver, CO, gives its customers the choice of 21 different delicious patties. If their selection doesn't suit you, simply build your own, like this triple-decker cheeseburger. Delicious! 960 1280

  

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

This goose is cooked and ready for sale at the Ning Xia Market in Taipei. 960 1280

  

Ning Xia Market of Taipei

Ning Xia Market of Taipei

Food guide Theresa Lin shows off the plump oysters in the popular oyster omelet at the Ning Xia Market of Taipei. 960 1280

  

The Chiang Kai Shek memorial

The Chiang Kai Shek memorial

The Chiang Kai Shek memorial sits in the heart of modern Taipei, Taiwan. 960 1280

  

Sweet tofu with cold beans

Sweet tofu with cold beans

Sweet tofu with cold beans and pumpkin make for a popular and healthy dish in Taipei. 960 1280

  

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

Chinese pancakes filled with cream or bean paste are a popular street eat at the Ning Xia Market in Taipei. 960 1280

  

Seoul food guide James Yoo

Seoul food guide James Yoo

Seoul food guide James Yoo shows off the snails he's about to eat on the streets of Myeongdong. 960 1280

  

Balinese chilies

Balinese chilies

Balinese chilies are a key ingredient in sambal, a popular sauce served with most street eats. 960 1280

  

A street eat stand in Ubud, Bali

A street eat stand in Ubud, Bali

This street eat stand in Ubud, Bali, sells as many as 6 roasted pigs each day. 960 1280

  

Jimbaron Beach in Bali

Jimbaron Beach in Bali

At Jimbaron Beach in Bali, buy your fish from the fishermen and locals will grill it for you, each adding their own special spicy sauce. 960 1280

  

The terraced rice fields of central Bali

The terraced rice fields of central Bali

The terraced rice fields of central Bali are one of the island's most alluring sights. 960 1280

  

A street vendor in Delhi

A street vendor in Delhi

A street vendor in Delhi makes jalebi, a sweet dough fried in oil. 960 1280

  

A Tibetan immigrant in Delhi, India

A Tibetan immigrant in Delhi, India

A Tibetan immigrant has her daily bowl of fresh noodles on the streets of Delhi, India. 960 1280

  

Chandni Chwok in Delhi

Chandni Chwok in Delhi

Amazing street eats can be found in the narrow alleys of Chandni Chwok in Delhi. 960 1280

  

Singapore street eats

Singapore street eats

Singapore street eats are more than simple snacks; they’re delicious whole meals that can be bought for under $5. 960 1280

  

Shaved ice topped with green tea

Shaved ice topped with green tea

Shaved ice topped with green tea and red beans is a cool and refreshing treat during the hot summer days in Kyoto, Japan. 960 1280

  

Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizudera Temple

One of Kyoto's most iconic locations, the Kiyomizudera Temple, sits in the lush hills above this ancient city. 960 1280

  

Ostermalm’s Saluhall in Stockholm

Ostermalm’s Saluhall in Stockholm

Tourists from Australia sample smoked reindeer heart at Ostermalm’s Saluhall in Stockholm. 960 1280

  

London’s East End

London’s East End

Fresh street food for sale in London’s East End. 960 1280

  

Quimet y Quimet tapas bar

Quimet y Quimet tapas bar

Jellified apple with foie gras at Quimet y Quimet tapas bar in Barcelona. 960 1280

  

Meg Zimbeck in front of the Eiffel Tower

Meg Zimbeck in front of the Eiffel Tower

Founder of the food tour company Paris by Mouth, Meg Zimbeck, gives an interview in front of the Eiffel Tower. 960 1280

  

Kumpir

Kumpir

Kumpir, a baked potato street food in Istanbul. 960 1280

  

Prague’s Wenceslas Square

Prague’s Wenceslas Square

Busy streets around Prague’s Wenceslas Square. 960 1280

  

Ostermalm’s Saluhall in Stockholm

Ostermalm’s Saluhall in Stockholm

Food guide Fredrik Ekstrom samples fresh gravid lax at Ostermalm’s Saluhall in Stockholm. 960 1280

  

Boucherie Michel Bruno

Boucherie Michel Bruno

The variety of meats available at Boucherie Michel Bruno at the Marche d'Aligre neighborhood market in Paris. 960 1280

  

Istanbul’s Bosphorus River

Istanbul’s Bosphorus River

Fish doesn’t come fresher than on these boats floating down Istanbul’s Bosphorus River. 960 1280

  

Hardouin Cheese shop

Hardouin Cheese shop

Fresh cheese for sale at the Hardouin Cheese shop at the Marche d’Aligre neighborhood market in Paris. 960 1280

  

Havelske Trziste market in Prague

Havelske Trziste market in Prague

Outdoor stalls at the Havelske Trziste market in Prague. 960 1280

  

London's East End

London's East End

Caribbean street food of beet root and apple stew in London's East End. 960 1280

  

Bar Pinotxo in Barcelona’s Boqueria Market

Bar Pinotxo in Barcelona’s Boqueria Market

Food writer Tara Stevens snacks on chickpeas with blood sausage at Bar Pinotxo in Barcelona’s Boqueria Market. 960 1280

  

Spice markets of Istanbul

Spice markets of Istanbul

A variety of nuts for sale in the spice markets of Istanbul. 960 1280

  

London’s Tubby Isaacs

London’s Tubby Isaacs

London’s Tubby Isaacs street stand is known for jellied eels. 960 1280

  

Stockholm’s harbor

Stockholm’s harbor

Stockholm’s picturesque harbor. 960 1280

  

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