Fast Food Items You Have to Leave the U.S. to Eat
Fast food chains like McDonald's, Taco Bell, Wendy's and Burger King can be found all over the world. You probably think you know their menus by heart, but some of the available dishes actually change around the world to meet the needs and preferences of the local populations.
Instead of getting a side of fries with your burger, for example, you might get empanadas, tiny fried mozzarella balls or even spaghetti, depending on where you are. Some of the unique menu items in other countries are definitely worth checking out the next time you head overseas. Take a look at our favorites.
Poutine - McDonald's - Canada
Poutine is a delicious Canadian creation that consists of hot French fries, buttery cheese curds and savory brown gravy. It’s so popular and so tasty that Canadians consider it their nation's signature dish. Travelers visiting the Great White North can stop by any McDonald's and try the beloved treat.
Chicken Nugget Burger - Burger King - Germany
Burger King chicken nuggets make a great snack, especially when paired with a few select dipping sauces. It's a stroke of fast food genius to take those golden fried nuggets and put them on a bun. European countries like Germany get to enjoy the Chicken Nugget Burger in all its snackable glory.
Zinger Double Down Max - KFC - Singapore
Americans have been able to experience the delicious, slightly outrageous KFC Double Down since 2010, but the Colonel's chicken-based experimentation didn't end there — at least, not in Singapore. The Zinger Double Down Max has two crispy, spicy filets that act as buns to hold the bacon, hash brown and cheese together.
Big America Beverly Hills Burger - McDonald's - Japan
McDonald's restaurants in Japan offer some familiar menu options, but their unique offerings make them one of the most exciting countries to visit for fast food. Although many of their meals are seafood based, they also tend to release USA-inspired burgers and snacks.
Buttermilk Pancakes - Starbucks - United Kingdom
It seems strange that residents of the United Kingdom get to enjoy buttermilk pancakes at their local Starbucks, but Americans do not. While the fluffy, sweet, filling menu option can occasionally be found in a rare U.S. location, the pancakes are not a nationwide item.
Banurrito - Taco Bell - Cyprus
Taco Bell restaurants in the U.S. don't offer a lot of dessert options. Perhaps they should take inspiration from the dessert items they offer internationally, such as the Banurrito, a banana covered in Nutella and praline, stuffed into a tortilla and covered with more Nutella and a small handful of colorful sprinkles.
Kuro Shogun Burger - Burger King - Japan
Inspired by the stealthy nature of ninjas and the power of a Shōgun, this dark burger can only be found on the island nation that influenced its creation — Japan. It's a huge shame, because this Burger King menu item is one of the most creative, complex burgers ever assembled.
Crayfish Lover Pizza with Roe-Stuffed Crust - Pizza Hut - Hong Kong
Seafood lovers — or more specifically, crayfish lovers — may want to consider visiting a Pizza Hut in Asia to try one of the most unique pizza creations ever conceived. The Crayfish Lover Pizza is an extravaganza, featuring crayfish, scallops, shrimp, tomatoes, onions and thousand island dressing.
McSpaghetti - McDonald's - The Philippines
Have you ever longed for some simple spaghetti while browsing the burgers, fries and fried chicken options at your local fast food joint? Perhaps you should consider visiting the Philippines, where McDonald's restaurants proudly serve McSpaghetti. (Yes, they will put a "Mc" in front of anything.)
Chicken Tikka Sub - Subway - United Kingdom
The unofficial national dish of the United Kingdom may surprise you. It's not shepherd's pie or fish ‘n’ chips, but actually Chicken Tikka Masala. Although the origins of the dish are shrouded in mystery, one thing is for sure: It's a British dish with roots in Indian cuisine.
Coffee Jelly Frappuccino - Starbucks - Japan
Boba tea, or bubble tea, is not an incredibly standard beverage in the U.S. Still, many Asian countries infuse their coffees and teas with forms of gelatinized tapioca, coffee or fruit. Think of it as having a delicious snack at the bottom of your cup.
Olive Chewisty - Dunkin' Donuts - South Korea
Olive oil and tapioca starch combine to make Dunkin' Donuts Olive Chewisty, a novel take on a centuries-old recipe for chewy, sweetened bread. Besides the light flavor, perhaps the best thing about this donut is its shape.
Bacon Lover - Burger King - France
The Bacon Lover is the result of two things: a passion for bacon and astounding creativity. Not only does this burger contain several strips of bacon, but it also has bacon bits sprinkled on and baked into the top of the upper bun.
Super Cheese Cheesy Bites Macaroni and Cheese Pizza - Pizza Hut - Germany
Mac ‘N' Cheese pizza has been a long time coming. Pizza Hut released their version of the elusive, delectable, cheesy treat in Europe, which is unfair to every American who has dreamed of biting into a warm slice of mozzarella-covered macaroni pizza since childhood.
Chizza - KFC - India
After substituting bread for fried chicken filets with their Double Down in 2010, KFC decided to try the same idea with other popular food items — namely, pizza. Cleverly named, the Chizza is a crispy piece of boneless fried chicken smothered in cheese, tomato sauce, peppers and onions.
Chocomarsh Wrap - Taco Bell - United Kingdom
Once again, Taco Bell swings and hits an out-of-the-park home run with their European dessert menu items. The Chocomarsh Wrap is possibly more delicious than the Banurrito, although it is less colorful. The wrap contains a rich mixture of gooey marshmallow and melted chocolate, all enclosed in a soft tortilla shell.
Kaprao Crispy Chicken Rice - McDonald's - Thailand
The Kaprao Crispy Chicken Rice dish is an entirely unexpected — but totally delicious — menu offering at McDonald's locations in Thailand. The grilled chicken is marinated in a sweet-and-spicy chili sauce and paired with a small mound of white rice. Simple, filling and surprisingly tasty, it's impossible to find Kaprao Crispy Chicken Rice at any U.S. McDonald's location.
Peri Peri Chicken Sub - Subway - South Africa
South Africa is a nation with many cultural influences. So, perhaps no one thought anything was strange about their Portuguese-inspired Peri Peri Chicken Sub when it was released. More than likely, they were only thinking about how appetizing the sandwich is.
Honey Chicken Rice Bowl - McDonald's - China
Rice bowls are a common snack food in China, and when McDonald's set up shop they knew they would have to change some popular menu items to appeal to Chinese tastes. This wise decision led to one of the most savory, light, authentic options ever created by the Golden Arches: the Honey Chicken Rice Bowl.
Parmesan Chicken with Truffle-Flavored Cheddar Sauce - KFC - Singapore
There isn't a single word in the name of this meal that doesn't make fried-chicken-loving Americans grow dizzy with desire and insatiable hunger. The Parmesan Chicken with Truffle-Flavored Cheddar Sauce could certainly satisfy any belly — except those of U.S. diners, of course, because this chicken is only available in Asian KFC restaurants.
Crown Crust Burger Pizza - Pizza Hut - United Arab Emirates
When Pizza Hut locations in the Middle East released the Crown Crust Burger Pizza, they immediately regretted it. Profits made on the enormous pizza were scant and incredibly disappointing — until Americans took notice. Journalists and tourists alike flocked to Pizza Hut locations all across the Middle East in search of the novel Crown Crust Burger Pizza.
Shrimp Avocado Burrito - Taco Bell - Japan
Japan's seafood is almost unparalleled in terms of freshness and flavor, and the Shrimp Avocado Burrito from Taco Bell is a perfect representation of flavorful balance and exceptional technique. The wrap is stuffed with shrimp, lettuce, avocado, chopped tomatoes and a tangy-yet-creamy wasabi mayonnaise sauce.
McCroquetas - McDonald's - Spain
Spain has some of the most delicious McDonald's menu items, including Wedge Top Fries, the Grand McExtreme Bacon Burger and McCroquetas. The most poppable, addictive and generally mouth-melty of these three items are definitely the McCroquetas.
Poutine Pizza - Pizza Hut - Canada
If you're still questioning how tasty poutine is, now is the time to stop. Pizza Hut, the occasional king of location-specific menu items, makes Poutine Pizza that is cheesy, savory and salty enough to open anyone's eyes to the magical flavor of poutine.
Colonel Yakiniku Rice Bento - KFC - Indonesia
The Colonel may be the head of an American fried chicken chain, but that doesn't mean he doesn't understand international tastes and trends. KFC patrons in Indonesia have a lot of menu options to choose from, including a bento box with a classically American twist.
Chicken Schnitzel Sub - Subway - Australia
Schnitzel is a traditional German dish, which is why this sub's origins are a little surprising. Subway — the largest sandwich chain on the face of the planet — has a lot of unique international menu options, and many of them cater to the cultural cuisines of their locations. Nonetheless, the Chicken Schnitzel Sub wasn't released in Germany.
Fondue Burger Extra - Burger King - Spain
McDonald's isn't the only fast food chain hoping to score points with Spaniards. Burger King's Fondue Burger Extra doesn't compete with McDonald's hamburgers — it destroys them. Two patties, two slices of cheese and a thick layer of melted cheddar are only the beginning for this menu item.
Wish Star Dark Mocha - Starbucks - The Philippines
The winter holidays tend to bring out the best in people — and the restaurants that serve them. Seasonal-only menu items tend to be more popular than other types of menu items, based solely on their scarcity. Going a step further, seasonal-only, location-based menu items are even more attractive.
McEgg - McDonald's - India
India's McEgg and America's Egg McMuffin have quite a lot in common, but there are some notable differences. For starters, the McEgg comes with a complex, spicy masala sauce. There's also a thin layer of mayonnaise, adding a contrast of creaminess. The egg is steamed, ensuring that it's never rubbery or overcooked, and infused with a variety of spices.
Fiesta Mexicana Sub - Subway - Czech Republic
Residents of Eastern Europe don't have quick access to Mexican cuisine, which is a shame. To remedy this tortilla-less situation, Subway locations in Poland and the Czech Republic decided to bring a tiny piece of Mexico to diners. The Fiesta Mexicana Sub is stuffed with seasoned grilled chicken and guacamole.