Jollibee is Thrillist’s ‘best global food chain

By , on November 1, 2014

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MANILA – Filipino fast food chain, Jollibee – best known for its Pinoy-style burgers and crispy fried chicken – is pleasing palates across the world. The home of the big red bee weighed in as the world’s best international food chain, according to US website Thrillist.

On October 26, Thrillist’s Adam Lapetina wrote that Jollibee is “one of the most recognizable figures in the Philippines, and with good reason.”

“This guy slings Filipino comfort food (tuna pies!! SPAM sandwiches!! Spicy fried chicken!!)… worldwide, including a few locations stateside. Look out, Grimace,” Lapetina commented, in reference to Jollibee’s well-known big red bee mascot and Mc Donald’s purple mascot.

Based on the Thrillist’ ranking, Jollibee bested 15 other international restaurant brands. Rounding out the top ten were:

• 2nd – Japanese ramen chain Ippudo
• 3rd – Al Baik of Saudi Arabia
• 4th – Oporto of Australia
• 5th – Hamburguesas El Corral of Colombia.
• 6th – South Africa’s burger ad ribs resto, Steers
• 7th – Giraffas of Brazil
• 8th – Supermac’s of Ireland
• 9th – Wagamama of United Kingdom
• 10th – Telepizza of Spain

Burger Ranch of Israel, weighed in as the 11th placer; Quick of France took the 12th spot; Kungfu of China came in at 13; ranked 15th was Nordsee of Germany; while Toast Box of Singapore, held the last spot at 16.

Thrillist’s poll was based on a referendum of its staff members’“international friends.”  The survey did not include popular restaurants like Mc Donald’s, Wendy’s and Taco Bell.