… that You’ll only Find in Europe
Centuries old cobblestone streets, al fresco sidewalk cafes, and UNESCO classified historical sites most likely come to mind when picturing European cities and towns. While traveling, have you ever felt a bit let down upon sighting the big, glowing golden arches prominently displayed amongst old world charm? Your chances of escaping fast food chains while abroad from the States are pretty slim. While you certainly don‚Äôt have to dine at any of these establishments during your international trip, you may be taken aback by some of the menu items if you decide to stop by one of these restaurants for some familiar fare. Decide for yourself if the following 5 fast foods look appetizing or if they make you shake your head in disbelief.
The Crown Crust Pizza | Pizza Hut in the UK
Recently I spotted a write-up online about hotdog and cheeseburger stuffed pizza crust, and I couldn’t help but click on the post, as my curiosity got the best of me. I decided to check out the UK Pizza Hut site as well, and I happened upon across this new seasonal specialty, the Crown Crust. Meatballs and pockets of cheese circle this creation. It was concocted in honor of the ‚ÄúGreat British Summer.‚Äù
McHeikauser | McDonald’s in Germany
Gyros are a typical street food in Europe, and it is common to see large spits of meat twirling over a vendor’s counter. They may contain chicken, pork, beef or mutton, depending on the European country. To celebrate the Tour de France, McDonald’s in Germany came out with the McHeikauser. It is supposed to resemble a gyro from Greece, as far as I can tell with the aid of Google Translate. Lettuce, tomato, onion, mozzarella, and Ceasar salad dressing are placed atop a pile of seasoned pork pieces, and these ingredients are served in between a big piece of Ciabatta bread.
Dark Vador Burger | Quick in France
Quick is a fast food chain that originated in Belgium and is essentially Europe’s version of McDonald’s. For the premier of the 3D Star Wars Episode I, the French franchises featured a double cheeseburger on a jet black bun, and yes, it was called the Dark Vador.
Meatball Pie | Goody’s in Greece
Greece’s most popular restaurant to stop in for a quick bite to eat is Goody’s, and the Greek company has grown to surpass the sales of McDonald’s. I don’t speak Greek, but Goody’s roughly translates to mean meatball pie (I used Google Translate once again). The meat in question doesn’t come with a description on their website, so perhaps it is hamburger? This sandwich boasts onions, tomatoes and French fries wrapped in pita bread. The menu page also advises that it comes with a choice of tzatziki sauce or mustard.
Mega Pocket | KFC in Hungary
While perusing KFC’s Hungarian site, I stumbled across the Mega Pocket. It may not appear too out of the ordinary at first glance, but the potato theme seems to be overdone. Fried or grilled chicken comes rolled in a tortilla with lettuce, tomato, cheese, spicy mayo and potato patties. The picture showcases a value meal with french fries and a soda.
I admit that I have frequented some of these food establishments while in my travels, and I even bought a cheeseburger at McDonald’s in Quito, Ecuador once just for a slice of American cheese that I happened to be craving. After several months away from the States, it’s amusing the things you will do when a little homesick. What about you? Once your flights to Europe have landed, do you see yourself trying out one of these fast food gems that aren’t available in the US?