The Philippines’ largest and most popular homegrown fastfood chain, Jollibee, was cited as one of the best foreign restaurant chains in the United States by the American food and drinks website The Daily Meal.
In its list of “10 Foreign We’re Glad to come to the US”, the website wrote:”Fast food may seem like a strictly American tradition, but just about every country has fast-food and fast-causal chains of its own nowadays.”
Noting that “the vast majority of international chains never expand beyond their native borders,” there are quite a few, however, that were just as successful and popular outside as they are in their own home.
Jollibee was considered as one of those in the list which also includes popular names like Tim Hortons from Canada and Nando’s Peri Peri from South Africa.
For Jollibee, the website wrote “the chain is hugely popular in the Philippines, and has locations scattered around the U.S., 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 10 bests in the list are Pie Face from Australia, Pret a Manger from Great Britain, Maoz from Amsterdam, Pollo Campero from Guatemala, Paris Baguette from South Korea, YO!, Sushi from Great Britain and Go Go Curry from Japan.
According to the Jollibee USA website, the chain has currently 30 stores in the US mostly located in the State of California, Nevada, Texas, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Hawaii. It has now a total of 111 international outlets across Asia, America and Middle East.
Three more stores are scheduled to be launched in Indonesia, Malaysia and Canada in 2015.
Jollibee USA opened its first branch in America at Daly City, California in 1998. Among other menu it currently offers are the all-time favorite Chicken Joy, spaghetti (that is uniquely Jollibee) and Yum Burgers.
Jollibee has won many recognitions and accolades from both local and international publications. It is considered as one of the most admired companies in Asia and the Philippines according to surveys by Asian Business Magazine and The Asian Wall Street Journal.
For its products, Jollibee’s Chicken Joy was voted as the best fried chicken in Singapore in 2013. It’s Halo Halo and Amazing Aloha Burger also gained praises from American TV chef Anthony Bourdain.