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Mar 3, 2009 10:28 AM

Chains you wished you had in the USA

Just got back from Hong Kong and have to admit I spent an inordinate amount of breakfasts and some lunches at the Cafe de Coral chain of Chinese fast food restaurants. Since returning, I so wished that we could have it here in the states to satisfy my cravings for those unique Chinese items on their large menu, and at their really low prices. What other non-US chains that you wish we had here?

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  1. I don't remember the name of the chain, but I really liked the donar kebab shops all over Germany and even Australia. Good food at a reasonable price.

    1. Now THAT"S a chain I'd frequent!

      1. Bet you guys would like our Sandwich Cubano chain. Filipinos in the US want Jolibee. Someone mentioned that there are now a few Pollo Camperos from Guatemala in the US.

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        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

          More than a few Pollo Camperos ( Unfortunately I'm 5t0 miles of bad traffic from the closest to me.

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            there are quite a few Jollibees in California actually

            1. re: superheartthrob

              THANK YOU Al Gore...... for inventing the internet!!! Now get one of these interesting chains to open somewhere near me!

            2. re: Sam Fujisaka

              I live near a Pollo Campero and have only been there twice. I worked with a guy from Guatemala who said it wasn't as good, so he rarely went. Personally, I rarely eat fried chicken but if I do I go to a local Houston chain called Frenchy's where they do a creole chicken that I like much better.

              1. re: James Cristinian

                I've eaten there in Guatemala because: a) it was the only place to get a salad (with chicken that was not fried), and b) in Guatemala, each place has ladies who sell you fresh homemade tortillas right outside next to the doors (you can't get tortillas from the restaurant).

                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  The Pollo Campero here has tortillas, but I'm not sure if they're made on the premises. One of my anglo co-workers saw tortillas on the sign out front and it blew his mind. I, personally, will put anything on a tortilla, lobster, crawfish, etc.

              2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                There's now a Jollibee in New York. In Woodside, Queens. Is it worth a special trip?

                1. re: NYCkaren

                  We've got one here in Sacramento. I've tried it and wouldn't go out of my way to have it again. On the other hand, if you grew up on the stuff it might be a different story.

                2. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  The Pollo Campero in Sunset Park, Brooklyn NY tanked. There was too much good food, much cheaper, near by. It was not a very good Pollo Campero, btw . . . the one in Queens was much better, at least when it first opened. Is that still there?

                  It's like the difference between a good Popeye's or Kentucky many of the outlets of those in NYC are no good compared to other places.

                3. Sanborn's in Mexico would instantly be the best Mexican chain here, to the 5th power.

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                  1. re: Veggo

                    El Pollo Loco (I know, their US operations got split off, but still...) is one of the better Mexican chains, and they can't hold a candle to Sanborn's.

                  2. I don't remember the name of the chain, but it was in Vienna and it offered all sorts of smoked and pickled fish. It was good and relatively cheap. I've never seen anything like it in the U.S.