10 Fast-Food Restaurants You Haven't Heard Of Slideshow
October 15, 2012
With locations in Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong, Japanese burger chain MOS Burger first opened in Tokyo in 1972 and was the first food service company to open in all of Japan’s 47 prefectures. Unlike other chains, MOS burger employees don’t prepare the burgers, fries, and other offerings until after an order is placed, making the wait time at MOS Burger a bit longer than other fast-food chains. Worth the extra wait are the teriyaki burger, teriyaki chicken burger, MOS rice burger, and Hokkaido pumpkin croquette. Until 2002, MOS Burger had an outpost in Hawaii, but it hasn’t hit the continental U.S. yet.
If you have been to England, no doubt you have seen the red and white sign with the word "WIMPY" sandwiched between two slices of bread. There is nothing wimpy about the burgers here, which are served with lettuce, tomato, onions, and ketchup in a white bun. The Wimpy chain, which opened in 1954 at Lyon’s Corner House in Coventry Street London, claims to be the first to have served a vegetarian burger, the Spicy Beanburger, but it also serves fish and chips, "toasties," and Tea-Time treats, which include toasted tea cake with butter and carrot cake in more than 23 countries.
If you ever find yourself in Germany, you can order a "California sushi box," salmon fillet, mackerel fillet, or smoked maties at Nordsee, a fast-food seafood chain.
Founded by school teacher Pat McDonagh in Galway, Ireland, in 1978, Supermac’s has more than 100 locations in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The company claims to have pioneered curry chips and the snack box craze in Ireland. Supermac’s menu has burgers, chicken sandwiches, cod and chips, and eight different varieties of french fries, including coleslaw, taco, curry, and cheese fries.
What better way to celebrate your time in tropical paradise than with fast food? Chefette, a chain with 14 locations in Barbados, was named by combining the words "chef" (to cook) and "fete" (to party). The chain is famous for its roti, made with curried vegetables and meat and wrapped in wheat flour wrap. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Chefette’s menu includes pizza, chicken, sandwiches, and salads.
Henny Penny currently operates 15 locations in the New South Wales, Australia. Opened in 1968 when Steggles Poultry expanded to serve fast food, it’s no surprise Henny Penny is famous for its chicken, particularly its barbecue chicken.
Mr. Bigg’s currently has more than 170 locations, spread across 28 of the 36 states in Nigeria, and is still expanding. Moin moin and ofada rice — two Nigerian staples — are two of its most popular dishes.
With more than 30 locations in India, Jumbo King was open by husband-and-wife Dheeraj Gupta and Reeta Gupta to serve vada pav, an Indian snack of a spicy deep-fried potato patty sandwiched between a bread roll.
Burger Ranch was originally opened in South Africa but is most popular in Israel. While its restaurants aren’t classified as kosher, the individual ingredients for its burgers, chicken nuggets, french fries, and the like are, and items like cheeseburgers and seafood and extras like bacon are not on the menu,
Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Secret Recipe is a popular café chain that is most famous for its cakes, but its menu is also filled with Asian classics like Japanese soba, curry curry laksa (a spicy noodle and soup dish), and pho (Vietnamese noodle soup with beef or chicken). Secret Recipe has locations in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, Pakistan, Australia, and Brunei.