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Apr 4, 2009 11:00 PM

Ethnic fast food chains?

Can you recommend any ethnic fast food chains in L.A.? What I mean by this are LA locations of foreign fast food places. All I can think of thus far are Jollibee and Chow King, both from the Philippines. There must be others here - any suggestions?

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  1. An easy one is Pollo Campero... they are everywhere now.

      1. re: A5 KOBE

        Um, A5 Kobe, I think you misread the post. King Taco is a local chain, not a foreign fast food company with a location in the US.

        Some chains in LA from foreign countries.....

        1. Chabuya Tokyo Noodle House/Bar with Locations in WLA (I think off of Sawtell) and in Torrance (off of Crenshaw)- It's not ultrafast food like Burger King or McD's but the food came quickly. Personally, I wouldn't recommend it. There are better noodle houses that aren't chains.
        2. Tous Les Jour - korean bakery/cafe. Several So Cal locations - Again, this place isn't really recommended as my bakery tastes lean elsewhere. I prefer King's Hawaiian, Portos and a few other local bakeries, which are not foreign chains.

        To the other posters. Pollo Campero. They're okay... Do you really recommend it or just mentioning it to mention it? They taste eerily like El Pollo Loco. And, I've been to KyoChon. Their fried chicken is pretty good.

        TO FML: Why look for a chain from another country? There are better renditions of most of these foods from restaurants started locally but representing their national foods. I'm curious.

        1. re: DrBruin

          Santouka Ramen is a successful chain in Japan. Among other locations here in the US there is one in Mar Vista.

          Santouka Ramen
          Mitsuwa Market Food Court
          3760 Centinela Ave.
          Los Angeles, CA 90066

          1. re: DrBruin

            I think the beans at Pollo Campero are better. Plus you get offered a biscuit!

            Along similar lines I don't know if El Pollo Inka is Peruvian but it might as well be.

        2. Also there is
          BonChon and KyoChon both of which are Korean fried chicken places with lots of branches throughout Korea.

          1. 85°C Bakery Cafe (from Taiwan)

            1. Daphne's
              Pretty good Greek Food.
              They are expanding all over.

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              1. re: Pamplemoose

                Daphe's is not a foreign chain with locations in LA. It's a local chain serving ethnic food. May as well add Taco Bell (mexican) and KFC (southern) to this list if we're going that route.