We all know that global chains like McDonald’s, Burger King and Subway can satisfy fast food cravings anywhere in the world. However, if you want to try Latin America on the go, try these fast food chains when you’re hungry and in a hurry. There are a few places in the U.S. But these are must-try places if you want to know what Latin American fast food is all about.
If you’ve been to Los Angeles International Airport, you know you were standing outside the right inbound flight from El Salvador if you smell fried chicken in the air. The chicken chain is a staple in Central American countries, and passengers carried boxes and plastic bags full of crispy, fried chicken on their flights to take to family and friends. In Latin America, the restaurant chain, which is owned by businessman Juan José Gutiérrez Mayorga, has locations in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Ecuador and Mexico. Its international headquarters is in Dallas and there are now 70 locations in the U.S. To give you an idea of El Salvador.
Peter’s hot dog
If you’re in Argentina and want to try comfort food from home, stop by this restaurant that serves hot dogs with some toppings like potato chip sticks, sauerkraut, pickles and your choice of sauce. Order like a local and call the hot dogs by name: panchos. In a country known for empanadas and asado, it’s one of the few places where you can sit and eat a hot dog while enjoying a Boca game on TV.
This fried chicken is Colombia’s answer to Pollo Campero. The chain was founded in 1983 and originally served pizza, but lucked into fried chicken. Customers can order sides such as yucca, fries or salad to accompany their main course. If you want to try this chicken you will have to take a trip to Colombia where there are 200 locations in over 20 cities.
California Burrito Co.
No Chipotle? No problem. Try burritos abroad at this Buenos Aires-based burrito chain with Latin American locations in Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador.
El Corral Burgers
This Colombian burger chain makes sure you know it’s gourmet with a bun on top. Customers at its more than 200 locations in 30 cities in Colombia, and outposts in Chile, Panama and Ecuador, can top their burgers with toppings that include specialty cheeses, Argentine sausage, tortilla chips, Colombian coastal cheese, grilled chicken and more.
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