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Western fast food catching up among Indian diaspora

SAMEEKSHA BANSAL
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Over the past many years, Western fast food has been catching up with Indian fast food in terms of popularity as well as availability. Most of us are familiar with KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) and McDonald’s, thanks to their presence in India. These fast food chains are originally from the USA. But aside from these, there are quite a few popular fast food chains in the West.

Burger King: The name more or less suggests the kind of food it would offer - Burgers and the like, similar to McDonald’s. In fact, Burger King is a very direct competitor for McDonald’s.

If you ‘are a vegetarian traveling to the USA, Burger King is your best bet for a burger. Most Burger King outlets have a veggie burger on their menu.

Chipotle: Chipotle is a popular Mexican fast food chain. The menu at Chipotle is not too elaborate, but the fact that it is quick and easy, and allows you to customize your order makes it very popular.

Taco Bell: Taco Bell serves a variety of Tex-Mex (Mexican-American) food items such as nachos, tacos, and burritos. Items on the Taco Bell menu are priced relatively lower than other eateries.

Taco Bell is a very old brand, founded in the 1940’s. Most places that offer Tex-Mex or Mexican food have decent enough options for vegetarians, and Taco Bell is no exception.

In-N-Out Burger: This burger place is not yet international and can only be found in a few states even within the USA.. Even so, it ranks high on the popularity meter! In-N-Out offers the usual fare - burgers, fries, and so on.

One of my favorite items on their menu is something called ‘animal fries’.

Nothing to do with animals; these fries are topped with spices and sauces that make the flavoring very unique. A must-try if you find yourself in one of their outlets.

I’m not a big fan of fast food in general, but like most things in life - a little bit is never too bad!

Although, I must admit - given a choice between a burger and vada-pav, I’ll take our Indian offering any day!

SAMEEKSHA BANSAL

sameeksha@skillspark.com


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