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Aug 23, 2009 12:50 AM

Overseas fast food starting to come to America

are you familiar with or are you a fan of-- Polio Campero from Guatamala

Jolibee from the Philippines

Nando's from South Africa

Wagamama from England

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  1. I've seen Nando's sauce and spice grinders in a few grocery stores occasionally. You can buy their spices shipped to the US (, recipes too!) and apparently there's one in DC?
    Nando's = YUM

    1. They have Nando's in Ontario and apparently it's a only pale imitation of the South African original. Too bad.

      I hope none of us ever get Quick because it's some of the crappiest chain fast food I've ever had, and I've been to both Roy Rogers and Bob's Big Boy.

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      1. re: SnackHappy

        We have Nando's in Calgary as well. BC does too.

        And dear God, the Quick I went to in Luxembourg provided, without question, the most disgusting meal that I had in three weeks in Europe and possibly the single worst fast food experience of my life. I chucked the entire thing in the garbage.

      2. I keep hoping we'll get a Campero near me in NC. I got hooked on the stuff in South America.

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        1. re: Naco

          Pollo Camperos id Guatemalan, not South American.

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            Yes, but it's all over Latin America. I said that I got *hooked on it* in South America, not that it was South American.

            1. re: Naco

              Their true South American locations are limited (Ecador mostly), but FWIW they do now have a location in China.

              1. re: johnb

                Ecuador is where I was at(Quito, specifically) and there were several of them. I could have sworn I saw Campero in Chile and southern Colombia too, though.

        2. I've had the last two and have to say I don't care for them. Perhaps the South African Nando's is good, but the few times I went in London, it was the blandest chicken I've ever had. Wagamama's noodles are a strange texture that I can't quite get over and I thought 8-10 pounds for a bowl of ramen was a bit expensive.

          1. I've been to Pollo Campero and Nando's - not impressed with either of them. Campero chicken is overpriced and the pieces are always scrawny - but the chicken is tasty. I've only been to Nando's in DC once; dry meat and uninteresting sauce - their mashed potatoes saved the meal.