10 National Fast Foods You Should Try

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Before I start my list of fast food dishes that are national, I confess being greatly impacted by Jamie’s preceding list Top 10 National Dishes You Should Strive. The difference here is that Jamie’s (amazing) list was about national dishes, some of which are quite labour intensive – trust me, moussaka takes several hours to prepare, whereas my list specifically focuses on fast food. Incidentally, Jamie, thanks for that list, I hadn’t ever heard of or attempted Kimchi or Bigos before seeing them in your list. They’re yummy! Particular thanks to my lovely Katie. Without you this list would’t be not as bad and you know it.



Eastern European food is getting more focus worldwide (just like Eastern European fighters, who predominate most boxing sections from middleweight up to Heavyweight for the last 15 years, once the Iron Curtain fell and they eventually made it in the pros), and with such tasty foods as Pierogi, I personally join the movement.

In reality it’s really doubtful the actual country of origin of this dish, since its source is defined to be the broader region of Central and Eastern Europe, but I consider that in the western world, particularly in Europe and the US, the Polish variant of Pierogi is the most popular one.

Pierogi are dumplings of unleavened dough then they’re baked or fried generally in butter with onions stuffed with ground meat, sauerkraut, potato filling, cheese, or fruit. Pierogi are served in many different types and flavors (ranging from sweet to salty to hot) in Polish cuisine, considered to be the Polish national dish. The Polish word Pierogi is plural; the singular form Pieróg is seldom used, as an average serving contains several Pierogi (and trust me, you ca’t have only one).



I do’t believe there are many people today who have’t tasted sushi or haven’t heard. The common fixing across all the various kinds of sushi is sushi rice. The variety in sushi originates from the various fillings and toppings, condiments, and their groundwork. The same fixings may be assembled in a traditional or a modern manner, creating an extremely distinct final result. The growing popularity of sushi all over the world has resulted in variants, commonly seen in Europe and North America, but seldom in Japan. The creation of the California roll fueled such creations to satisfy the Western palate. A broad assortment of popular rolls has evolved since.

A friendly guidance from me to whomever reads this list, make an effort to prevent the type of sushi which includes pufferfish fugu, it can cause serious poisoning if not prepared correctly. The Emperor of Japan is prohibited to eat fugu, he understands better as it’s considered too dangerous –, I think.

Spring Rolls


Spring roll is an umbrella term used in the Western world to describe disparate filled, rolled appetiser much like the Chinese Chūn Juǎn (春卷, lit. “Spring roll”), from which the term was derived. Southeast and East Asian variants of spring rolls that are “ have different names determined by sort of wrapper and filings, the place of origin, method of cooking. Spring rolls can be savory or sweet, fried or baked. Savory spring rolls are generally prepared with vegetables; baked spring rolls are generally bigger and more tasty!

Personally, I favor the ones that were fried with veggies and chicken indoors and have eaten them in various Chinese eateries. Spring rolls now are quite common (in the western world) as appetiser in many popular restaurants like TGI Fridays and the Hard Rock Café, among others.


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Not actually popular in Europe, but still one of the most well-known quick foods in Central and North America, Burrito undoubtedly deserve a spot in this list. Taco de haring as they call it in Mexico, or burrito, is among the most well-known Mexican foods. It is made up of wheat flour tortilla folded or wrapped around a filling. The flour tortilla is generally grilled or steamed, to soften it and allow it to be more pliable. In Mexico, meat or refried beans are the only fillings. In America, nevertheless, fillings typically contain a mixture of ingredients including Mexican-style rice or plain rice, refried or routine legumes, lettuce, salsa, meat, avocado, cheese, and sour cream, and the size changes, with some burritos significantly bigger than their Mexican counterparts.

Sadly, as a result of deficiency of Mexican fast food shops in Europe (at least in the three states I’ve spent the largest part of my life, Greece, France and Italy) I haven’t been exposed much to Mexican cuisine and the few Burritos I ‘d in Taco Time of Glyfada, Athens, back in the 1990s – they were adequate, but I wager were nothing like those in Mexico and US. Can we’ve more Mexican eateries all over Europe please?

Fish and Chips


Easily the most well-known British fast food, this is, in addition, a basic add-on to the vast collection of accessible take outs in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada (albeit initially English). Usually referred to in the united kingdom as the “chippy” this meal contains battered fish that’s deep fried and served with chips and doused with vinegar and salt! Now eating chips and actual fish is typically classed as a must for tourists visiting the UK. Private note – there was nothing like eating fish and chips served in paper and leaving a club in the early hours! This was a guaranteed means to prevent a hangover… Curse the EU and its pesky health and safety laws!



A croissant is a buttery flaky pastry. It’s also occasionally called a crescent, from the French word for crescent. It’s possible for you to eat it for breakfast, you can have it for lunch or even dinner; you can have it either sweet (dessert) or savory. In the motherland of the particular food, France, croissants eaten without additional butter and are usually sold plain.

In the U.S., thanks to the Greek American community of Chicago and New York, sweet fillings or toppings are common, and warm croissants may be full of ham and cheese, or feta cheese, tomatoes and spinach, just like in Greece, where croissants were initially classed as savory and weren’t only eaten as dessert or breakfast.

In Italy and Germany, croissants are occasionally filled with Nutella and in some Latin American nations; croissants are usually served as a breakfast, or merienda alongside java. In Japan, croissants full of chocolate or covered with a sweet glaze, are not unusual in convenience stores and bakeries. Croissants are also seen in many former French colonies like Morocco and Vietnam where, in the latter, they may be called bánh sừng bò.

The only sure thing is that croissants are a world-wide fast food now that millions of individuals globally can appreciate on a daily basis. The two greatest croissants, from personal experience one can have are the ham and La Parisienne Almond Croissant & cheese croissant.



The Greek burger, well at least until the coming of the real burger! Souvlaki, has been around since the days of Aristotle, Xenophon and Aristophanes; that makes historical food of this list and Souvlaki the historical, readily. Souvlaki contains little blocks of skewered grilled meat generally lamb or pork, frequently served in a pita bread, garnished with chopped tomatoes, onions with a portion of tzatziki (a cucumber-yoghurt-garlic mix). Usually understood as “gyros or “gyro” outside Greece,” since the 2004 Olympics it’s become increasingly popular and is currently served as far afield as China. Yet, no matter how popular this is now global, an actual souvlaki will simply be found in Greece – and trust me on this, I’ve done my research!

Sources: Germany; Rise to popularity: USA


The term burger originates from Hamburg, Germany’s second biggest city, and even though the history of burgers go back to 15th century Europe, these savory ground meat patties truly just shot to popularity as a result of mass emigration to america. Typically made from high quality ground beef, served with various condiments in a bread roll, the burger acquired international recognition thanks to various American franchises including the British Hard Rock Cafés, Wendy’s, Burger King, TGI Fridays and McDonald’s.

My three personal favorites: The Beefeater by Thomas Cook. The Jack Daniels Burger by the Hard Rock Café by the Infamous Hamburger and TGI Fridays.
The worst: The Big Mac!



The national food of my personal favorite, and Italy! You see, the funny thing about Pizza is that if you really need a pizza that is good, then you certainly wo’t locate one in Italy. From personal experience (living two years in Pisa, Bologna and Macerata) I can actually say I’ve eaten much better pizza elsewhere, and before nationalists whine – it wasn’t for want of trying! I ate pizza in pizzerias and various restaurants across Italy and, frankly, the results were consistently exactly the same. Okay, so perhaps I exaggerate a little, but really, in my opinion, pizzerias in Greece and the US serve pizza that is substantially better than those in Italy. This is my private view, I mean no offense to Italian cuisine or Italians. All I ‘m saying is that the biggest disappointment I experienced whilst living in this kind of wonderful and historical state… was its national dish!

French Fries


Certainly whoever denies this and the victor, is simply delusional! I am able to understand there will be some difference of opinion regarding the other nine entries on this list, each will have hisor her personal favorite. I realize that some of US will differ with some of my picks too, but I doubt there’s just one man who hasn’t tasted French fries. Some of the foods mentioned in this list are typically served with French fries (hamburger, souvlaki and fried fish – This alone demonstrates the popularity of the meek French fry.

This dish originated in Belgium, despite the name, the term “French Fry” only means to deep fry. In Belgium you can purchase chips in a “Frietkot or in “Friteries”,” they’re served with a big assortment of sauces or can be eaten on their own. Traditionally they’re served with a spoonful of mayo.

In regards to Western pop culture, I believe chips are the true king of the fast food – discussing when it comes to taste and popularity. Fascinating historical fact: Soon after the May 1940 invasion of Belgium by the Wehrmacht, Hitler tried to prohibit French fries that are “ because they were the essential nutritional source of the Belgian opposition due to their simplicity and availability.

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