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Old May 13th, 2014, 02:59 AM   #25041
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I wish the European fast-food landscape was as diverse as the U.S. Fast-food is dominated by McDonald's, especially along major highways. You have a much better choice in different styles of fast-food in North America.
Plus, there are probably a couple hundred national and regional full-service restaurant chains, with many different types of food: Outback (steak), Olive Garden (Italian), Red Lobster (seafood), Chili's (American), Famous Dave's (barbecue), just to name a few. You can find something familiar wherever you go. I don't think I ever noticed any chain-type restaurants other than fast-food in Europe. Although a lot of people think that's a good thing, I'm sure, I do like being able to know what I'm getting.

The only non-American fast food chain I ever saw in Europe was Quick.

Edit: Oh yeah, I have seen (and eaten a couple times at) Nordsee. I don't think there's a US chain like it (fast seafood). I'd like that here.

By the way, McD's menu does change quite a bit from country to country based on local preferences. You can see the different menus on their website. For instance, I think in India they don't have any sandwiches with meat, IIRC.
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Old May 13th, 2014, 03:17 AM   #25042
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The Harvey's chain in Canada probably best fast food burger around here, they cook the patties fresh on charcoal grille

However their fries / onion rings are lacking and they don't serve beer at all
Now I was devastated when I checked into my regular Montreal hotel last September to discover that the Chez Cora across the street had closed. (I gather they're not out of business?) But a Tim's had appeared actually attached to the hotel. And the nice Italian restaurant up the street had been replaced by a Saint-Hubert. I can never see Saint-Hubert on a map of Belgium without "pronouncing" it in my head in the silly voice of Saint-Hubert commercials....


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By the way, McD's menu does change quite a bit from country to country based on local preferences. You can see the different menus on their website. For instance, I think in India they don't have any sandwiches with meat, IIRC.
Or regionally, even: there's such a thing as a McLobster sandwich available in Maine and the Canadian Maritimes, at least at certain times of year.

Other chains do that too. There were differences - don't remember what - between Tim's in Maine and Tim's in Quebec. And not just the fact that in the U.S., the straws are wrapped. :-)

I saw headlines a week or two ago about Subway no longer serving pork in Britain.
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Old May 13th, 2014, 11:36 AM   #25043
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Why is that, because it may offend muslims? I wouldn't put it past those Brits, they've completely lost the plot in these matters.
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Old May 13th, 2014, 11:52 AM   #25044
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The only non-American fast food chain I ever saw in Europe was Quick.
Well, in Italy there's Spizzico, a pizza-based fast food restaurant (according to Wikipedia there are some in the US too). We had Burghy too, until McD took over the franchise.
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Old May 13th, 2014, 11:59 AM   #25045
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Well, in Italy there's Spizzico, a pizza-based fast food restaurant (according to Wikipedia there are some in the US too). We had Burghy too, until McD took over the franchise.
I like Spizzico. They're in most Autogrill services in Italy, and use it a lot when I'm in a hurry and I want a quick bite to eat. When I have more time I usually go for a proper meal.

I like the Quick restaurants in France and Belgium as well. These "Giant" burgers are lovely.
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Old May 13th, 2014, 02:42 PM   #25046
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Why is that, because it may offend muslims? I wouldn't put it past those Brits, they've completely lost the plot in these matters.
I gather that was the idea.
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Well, in Italy there's Spizzico, a pizza-based fast food restaurant (according to Wikipedia there are some in the US too). We had Burghy too, until McD took over the franchise.
Never heard of it. Spizzico I mean. (Or the other.) But it's a big country....
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Old May 13th, 2014, 05:02 PM   #25048
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But the most spread fast-food is Chinese bistro called (very originally) Panda
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Never heard of it.
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Old May 13th, 2014, 05:11 PM   #25050
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Especially in former Commie countries, there is an overload of Chinese fast-foods. And the most common name is Panda (although they are owned by non-related individuals outside any corporation or franchising).
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Old May 13th, 2014, 05:13 PM   #25051
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I've noticed that in Tesco stores in the Czech Republic they've got a lot of Chinese or Vietnamese restaurants inside. Are they a part of it?
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Old May 13th, 2014, 05:22 PM   #25052
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I've noticed that in Tesco stores in the Czech Republic they've got a lot of Chinese or Vietnamese restaurants inside. Are they a part of it?
In most cases it is not part of anything, just owned by individuals. There are many many immigrants from China end far south-east Asia doing business especially in gastronomy. Some are good but some... barely satisfying the hygiene requirements. Some cases like grilled rats served as grilled duck has already occurred.

If you have ever arrived to Brno (CZ) by train, you must have had a felling like you were in the middle of Saigon
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Old May 13th, 2014, 05:40 PM   #25053
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An Austrian Renault Clia caused accident while driving in the wrong direction on the Czech D1 killing two in a Slovakian Opel Zafira and himself.

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Old May 13th, 2014, 08:34 PM   #25054
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Especially in former Commie countries, there is an overload of Chinese fast-foods. And the most common name is Panda (although they are owned by non-related individuals outside any corporation or franchising).
I dont know any chinese fast-food in Baltics, except for maybe Woki Toki, but I would not call it fast-food.
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Old May 13th, 2014, 08:56 PM   #25055
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Old May 13th, 2014, 10:00 PM   #25056
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An Austrian Renault Clia caused accident while driving in the wrong direction on the Czech D1 killing two in a Slovakian Opel Zafira and himself.
Regular sight on Slovenian motorways.
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An Austrian Renault Clia caused accident while driving in the wrong direction on the Czech D1 killing two in a Slovakian Opel Zafira and himself.

40 year old women with her 16 year old daughter died Motorway police watched the opposite driver on security cameras.

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Btw. The lecturer in my driving school often told me "Drive, like everyone else is a stupid idiot". Although it has had saved my life many times, I doubt if it is enough.
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Back to fast food topic...
Very popular in Ljubljana Hot horse
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Old May 14th, 2014, 02:38 AM   #25059
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It might be popular, but many people don't eat horses.
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Old May 14th, 2014, 03:25 AM   #25060
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Why not

Just read that:
Horse meat contains large amounts of high valuable proteins and is extremely rich in iron.Due to low fat content the calorific value of horse meat is lower than other sorts of meat.
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