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11 European Fast-Food Chains You Won’t Find in America

If you want to eat at any of these fast-food chains, you're going to have to travel pretty far.

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american fast food chains

Fast food in America

Fast food and America tend to be synonymous: McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, KFC, Chick-fil-A, Popeyes—the list of popular American fast-food chains goes on and on. But there are some fast-food restaurants that you can only find in Europe. These are the secrets fast-food workers aren’t telling you.

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ditsch german fast food


Germany is known for its pretzels, so if you find yourself there in the future, you’ll have to make a stop at Ditsch. This pretzel bar chain serves up some of the best soft pretzels (with a side of mustard of course) and beer in Germany. They also sell pizza snacks and croissants. Check out the first locations of 8 famous fast-food restaurants.

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quick fast food restaurant france
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The perfect name for a fast-food joint, Quick is located in France and is basically the French version of McDonald’s or Burger King (though they have those there, too!). Quick’s Giant sandwich is similar to a McDonald’s Big Mac.

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supermac's ireland fast food
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Supermac’s can only be found in Ireland. The first store opened in 1978 on Main Street, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway. They are best known for their hamburgers and chicken sandwiches as well as their curry fries (fries covered in their signature curry sauce). Make sure you don’t fall for these fast-food “facts” that are actually false.

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O'Briens Irish Sandwich Cafe
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O’Briens Irish Sandwich Cafe originated in Ireland but now has locations in many countries (but not the United States). If you ever find yourself at one, make sure to try one of their Irish ham sandwiches.

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Nordsee german fast food
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A German fast-food chain, Nordsee knows how to do fast fish right. The company was founded in 1896 with a goal of getting fish from the ocean to the table as quickly as possible and Nordsee has been doing that ever since. You’ll never believe these scandals that rocked the fast-food industry.

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telepizza spain fast food


Telepizza started in Spain, but it now has stores across Europe, South America, and the United Arab Emirates. Sadly, they still don’t have any locations in the United States, but America has a surplus of pizza chains already. The chain is known for its homemade pizza dough and unique pizza flavors such as Wok, Carnivora Gourmet, and their Pizzalada (or salad in a pizza crust bowl).

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Abrakebabra fast food dublin ireland
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Ireland’s Abrakebabra has your traditional fast-food burgers, but they also have kebabs, falafels, baguettes, and pitas. Besides delicious fries, other sides you can get include beer-battered onion rings, hummus and pita, and cocktail sausages. Can you guess which state in America has the most fast-food restaurants?

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wimpy burgers UK fast food


Based in the United Kingdom, Wimpy’s name originates from J. Wellington Wimpy, a character from Popeye. In addition to the U.K., they have locations in Ireland, Japan, India, and Scandanavia.

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hesburger fast food
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This fast-food chain originated in Finland. It’s pretty similar to McDonald’s and Burger King except for a few unique items such as the Soy Tortilla (a wrap made with soy fingers instead of chicken fingers).

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max burgers european fast food
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Max Burgers

If you’re in Sweden and want a quick and delicious burger, stop by a Max Burgers. They were one of the first burger chains in Europe and their stores continue to outperform both McDonald’s and Burger King in Sweden.

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chicken cottage european fast food
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Chicken Cottage

You probably already guessed it from the name, but Chicken Cottage is a fast-food chain that started in North London that specializes in chicken. One unique item on their menu is the Lamb Burger,  a quarter pound of lamb topped with cheese, a slice of gherkin, onion, lettuce, and burger sauce all on a sesame seed bun. Before heading to the drive-through, make sure you avoid these fast-food items you should never order.

Morgan Cutolo
Morgan Cutolo is a former senior production editor at Trusted Media Brands. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2016, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. In her free time, she likes exploring the seacoast of Maine, where she lives, and snuggling up on the couch with her corgi, Eggo, to watch HGTV or The Office.