Jollibee one of best fast-food chains in US

By Helen Flores, The Philippine Star

Posted at Sep 30 2014 08:19 AM | Updated as of Sep 30 2014 04:19 PM

MANILA - Jollibee, the country’s leading fast-food chain, was cited as one of the top 10 international fast-food restaurants in the United States.

US-based food and drink website The Daily Meal listed Jollibee as among the favorite foreign food chains in the country.

The website described Jollibee as “hugely popular in the Philippines, and has locations scattered around the US, largely in California. Aside from burgers, they offer fried chicken, spaghetti, noodles, and unique breakfast dishes like Spam, beef tenders, or sweet pork with rice.”

Completing The Daily Meal’s list of America’s favorite foreign chain restaurants are Pie Face from Australia, Pret a Manger from Great Britain, Maoz from Amsterdam, Pollo Campero from Guatemala, Paris Baguette from South Korea, Tim Hortons from Canada, YO! Sushi from Great Britain, Nando’s Peri Peri from South Africa, and Go Go Curry from Japan.

The Daily Meal draws over eight million unique visitors per month and ranks as one of the fastest-growing content sites of all time.

The food and drink website also produces annual reports, including the 50 Most Powerful People in Food, 101 Best Restaurants in America and 150 Best Bars in America.

In 1988, Jollibee opened its first US store in Daly City, California. Currently, it has 30 outlets in California, Nevada, New York, Washington, Hawaii, New Jersey, Texas and Virginia.

Jollibee’s international store network has grown to 111 today with additional branches in Vietnam, Brunei, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Last year, Singaporeans voted Jollibee’s Chickenjoy as the best fried chicken.

Jollibee’s Halo-halo and its signature Amazing Aloha Burger also received the praise of American chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain.

In one of the episodes of “Parts Unknown,” Bourdain’s television show on CNN, he drove through a Jollibee branch in Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, where he had a taste of the signature Amazing Aloha Burger.

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