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10 National Fast Foods You Should Try

Theodoros II . . . Comments

Before I begin my list of fast food national dishes, I openly admit being heavily influenced by Jamie’s previous list Top 10 National Dishes You Should Try. The difference here is that Jamie’s (awesome) list was about national dishes, some of which are very labour-intensive – trust me, moussaka takes several hours to prepare, whereas my list solely focuses on fast food. By the way, Jamie, thanks for that list, I had never heard of or tried Bigos or Kimchi before seeing them on your list. They are yummy! Special thanks to my beautiful Katie. Without you this list wouldn’t be half as good and you know it.




Eastern European food is getting more attention globally (just like Eastern European boxers, who dominate most boxing divisions from middleweight up to Heavyweight for the last 15 years, once the Iron Curtain collapsed and they finally made it in the pros), and with such delicious foods as Pierogi, I personally join the movement.

In reality it’s truly uncertain the real country of origin of this dish, since its origin is specified to be the wider area of Central and Eastern Europe, but I believe that in the western world, especially in Europe and the US, the Polish version of Pierogi is the most popular one.

Pierogi are dumplings of unleavened dough – first boiled, then they are baked or fried usually in butter with onions – traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or even fruit. Pierogi are served in a variety of forms and tastes (ranging from sweet to salty to spicy) in Polish cuisine, considered to be the Polish national dish. The Polish word Pierogi is plural; the singular form Pieróg is rarely used, as a typical serving consists of several Pierogi (and trust me, you can’t have just one).




I don’t think there are many people nowadays who have not heard or haven’t tasted sushi. The common ingredient across all the different kinds of sushi is sushi rice. The variety in sushi arises from the different fillings and toppings, condiments, and their preparation. The same ingredients may be assembled in a traditional or a contemporary way, creating a very different final result. The increasing popularity of sushi around the world has resulted in variations, typically found in North America and Europe, but rarely in Japan. Such creations to suit the Western palate were initially fueled by the invention of the California roll. A wide variety of popular rolls has evolved since.

A friendly advice from me to whomever reads this list, try to avoid the kind of sushi which contains pufferfish fugu, it can cause severe poisoning if not prepared properly. The Emperor of Japan is forbidden to eat fugu, as it is considered too risky – he knows better, I guess.


Spring Rolls


Spring roll is an umbrella term used in the Western world to describe disparate filled, rolled appetizers similar to the Chinese Chūn Juǎn (春卷, lit. “Spring roll”), from which the term was derived. East and Southeast Asian versions of “spring rolls” have different names depending on the place of origin, method of cooking, type of wrapper and filings. Spring rolls can be sweet or savory, baked or fried. Savory spring rolls are typically prepared with vegetables; baked spring rolls are usually larger and tastier!

Personally, I have eaten them in various Chinese restaurants and prefer the fried ones with chicken and veggies inside. Spring rolls are now very common (in the western world) as appetizers in many popular restaurants such as TGI Fridays and the Hard Rock Café, among others.



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Not really popular in Europe, but still one of the most famous fast foods in North and Central America, Burrito definitely deserve a place in this list. Burrito, or taco de haring as they call it in Mexico, is one of the most famous Mexican foods. It consists of a wheat flour tortilla wrapped or folded around a filling. The flour tortilla is usually lightly grilled or steamed, to soften it and make it more pliable. In Mexico, refried beans or meat are sometimes the only fillings. In the United States, however, fillings generally include a combination of ingredients such as Mexican-style rice or plain rice, refried or regular beans, lettuce, salsa, meat, avocado, cheese, and sour cream, and the size varies, with some burritos considerably larger than their Mexican counterparts.

Unfortunately, due to the lack of Mexican fast food stores in Europe (at least in the three countries I have spent the biggest part of my life, Greece, France and Italy) I have not been exposed much to Mexican cuisine and the few Burritos I had in Taco Time of Glyfada, Athens, back in the 1990s – they were decent, but I bet were nothing like the ones in Mexico and US. Can we have more Mexican restaurants all over Europe please?


Fish and Chips


Easily the most famous British fast food, this is also a staple addition to the vast array of available take outs in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada (albeit originally English). Commonly referred to in the UK as the “chippy” this meal consists of battered fish which is deep fried and served with chips and doused with salt and vinegar! Today eating real fish and chips is usually classed as a must for tourists visiting the UK. Personal note – there was nothing like leaving a club in the early hours and eating fish and chips served in newspaper! This was a sure way to avoid a hangover… Damn the EU and its pesky health and safety laws!




A croissant is a buttery flaky pastry named for its distinctive crescent shape. It is also sometimes called a crescent, from the French word for crescent. You can 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 specific food, France, croissants are generally sold plain and eaten without added butter.

In the United States, thanks to the Greek American community of Chicago and New York, sweet fillings or toppings are common, and warm croissants may be filled with ham and cheese, or feta cheese, tomatoes and spinach, just like in Greece, where croissants were originally classed as savory and were not only eaten as dessert or breakfast.

In Germany and Italy, croissants are sometimes filled with Nutella and in some Latin American countries; croissants are commonly served alongside coffee as a breakfast, or merienda. In Japan, croissants covered with a sweet glaze or filled with chocolate, are common in bakeries and convenience stores. Croissants are also seen in many former French colonies such as Morocco and Vietnam where, in the latter, they are called bánh sừng bò.

The only sure thing is that croissants are a global fast food nowadays that millions of people worldwide can enjoy on a daily basis. From personal experience, the two best croissants one can have are La Parisienne Almond Croissant and the ham & cheese croissant.




The Greek hamburger, well at least until the arrival of the actual hamburger! Souvlaki, has been around since the days of Aristophanes, Xenophon and Aristotle; that makes Souvlaki the most ancient and historic food of this list, easily. Souvlaki consists of small cubes of skewered grilled meat usually lamb or pork, often served in a pita bread, garnished with sliced tomatoes, onions with a serving of tzatziki (a cucumber-yoghurt-garlic mix). Commonly known outside Greece as “gyro” or “gyros,” since the 2004 Olympics it has become increasingly popular and is now served as far afield as China. However, regardless of how popular this has become worldwide, a real souvlaki will only be found in Greece – and trust me on this, I have done my research!


Origins: Germany; Rise to fame: USA


The term hamburger originates from Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, and even though the history of hamburgers go back to 15th century Europe, these tasty ground meat patties really only shot to fame due to mass emigration to the USA. Usually made from high quality ground beef, served in a bread roll with various condiments, the hamburger gained international fame thanks to various American franchises such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, TGI Fridays and the British Hard Rock Cafés.

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




The national food of Italy, and my personal favorite! You see, the funny thing about Pizza is that if you truly want a good pizza, then you won’t find one in Italy. From personal experience (living two years in Pisa, Bologna and Macerata) I can honestly say I have eaten much better pizza elsewhere, and before nationalists complain – it was not for want of trying! I ate pizza in various restaurants and pizzerias across Italy and, honestly, the results were always the same. Okay, so maybe I exaggerate a little, but honestly, in my opinion, pizzerias in the US and Greece serve much better pizza than those in Italy. Again, this is my personal opinion, I mean no offense to Italians or Italian cuisine. All I am saying is that the biggest disappointment I experienced whilst living in such a beautiful and historic country… was its national dish!


French Fries


Clearly the winner and whoever denies this, is just delusional! I can understand there will be some difference of opinion regarding the other nine entries on this list, each will have his/her personal favorite. I also understand that some people will disagree with some of my choices as well, but I doubt there is a single person who has never tasted French fries. Some of the foods mentioned in this list are usually served with French fries (burger, souvlaki and fried fish – This alone proves the popularity of the humble French fry.

Despite the name, this dish originated in Belgium, the term “French Fry” simply means to deep fry. In Belgium you can buy fries in “Friteries” or in a “Frietkot,” they are served with a large variety of sauces or can be eaten on their own. Traditionally they are served with a spoonful of mayonnaise.

When it comes to Western pop culture, I think fries are the true king of the fast food – speaking in terms of popularity and preference. Interesting historical fact: Shortly after the May 1940 invasion of Belgium by the Wehrmacht, Hitler attempted to ban “French fries” because they were the central nutritional source of the Belgian resistance due to their simplicity and availability.

Theodoros II

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  • Meager

    Hmmmm yes quite…….

    • babychim

      kebab sandwich w/ chilli and garlic spot on

      • dionysus

        Kebab and shaorma :X In England I ate the worst fish ever and even worse chips (french fries’ retarded cousin). No matter how hungry I was, I could never eat a few bites of fish and chips, and I drink eggs in the morning and eat raw pig ears, amongst others

    • curiouslittlerhino

      ::sigh:: so much for my new years resolution…

      • frater_hater


        • frater_hater

          He likes tilly

      • fraterhater

        I see what you did there…

  • ImHungryNow

    I’ve had all of these except Pierogi. Definitely sounds like something I’d like to try too. :)

    • ironflange

      Do it! Perogies (I’m Ukrainian — different spelling, same thing) may not sound like much, pasta stuffed with potatoes, but once you sit down you’ll not be able to stop cramming them into your pie hole. We just eat them boiled, and the leftover ones get fried in butter for breakfast the next day. Serve with sour cream, fried onions (or onions and bacon), and kobassa. If there’s a big Polish or Ukrainian community in your town, you can get the authentic ones, but the frozen ones at the supermarket are not bad at all. Strangely, I’ve found nothing goes better with a bowl of chili than some fried perogies. Hot damn, I’m hungry now.

    • Corwin

      Same here, they sound good!

      • Battman

        Perogies are awesome. I grew up in an area where just about every 4th person was of Ukranian descent and my wife’s dad was of Polish descent, so I’ve eaten lots of them. We serve them up with fried onions and home made bacon bits and serve them with sour cream. Grill up some garlic sausage and you’ve got an incredible meal. Quick too, since perogies can be made ahead of time and frozen.
        I’ve tried everything else on this list too, and I agree that the Greeks make better pizza than Italians. Our favorite local pizza joint is actually run by two brothers that are originally from Lebanon. Its some of the best pizza that I’ve had.

  • girlnbayou

    My since passed away uncle carried to hia frave a wonderful dish he brought back from korea. He called it yakameche. Sounds like ya-ka-met-chee. Dish consisted of rice, cubed meat and egg. Very simple. In all its simplicity i still cannot recreate it. Does anyone here happen to know of one similar to try? Also. Great list!

  • girlnbayou

    *carried to his grave* please excuse all errors. I cannot see what i type.

  • David Hopkins

    Yum yum! Another food list!

  • Fugu isn’t hard to avoid, especially considering the only place to get it is in a fugu restaurant. Having said that, if you ever have the chance to eat at a fugu restaurant, do yourself a favor because it’s delicious. That’s my own friendly advice.

  • Geko

    Very good list! I agree with this lister regarding italian pizza. They are usualy bellow average.

    Of note:

    -Croissants originated in Vienna (Austria) after victory against the Ottomans. The pastry represents the Turkish Crescent.

    -The “French” in French Fries comes from the way the potatoes are cut in thin sticks, or “frenched” as the cuisine nomenclature would have it.

    I should know, I’m french :)

    • FMH

      Like most stories about food, the thing about the Turkish Crescent is a myth.

      • Julius

        But he’s still partially correct about the Croissant originating in Vienna:

        “The Kipferl – ancestor of the croissant – has been documented in Austria going back at least as far as the 13th century, in various shapes.[5] The Kipferl can be made plain or with nut or other fillings (some consider the rugelach a form of Kipferl).

        The original Boulangerie Viennoise in 1909 (when it was owned by Philibert Jacquet). The bakery proper is at left and its tea salon at right.
        The “birth” of the croissant itself – that is, its adaptation from the plainer form of Kipferl, before its subsequent evolution (to a puff pastry) – can be dated with some precision to at latest 1839 (some say 1838), when an Austrian artillery officer, August Zang, founded a Viennese Bakery (“Boulangerie Viennoise”) at 92, rue de Richelieu in Paris.[6] This bakery, which served Viennese specialities including the Kipferl and the Vienna loaf, quickly became popular and inspired French imitators (and the concept, if not the term, viennoiserie, a 20th century term for supposedly Vienna-style pastries). The French version of the Kipferl was named for its crescent (croissant) shape.”

        Just from wikipedia, but it does get the point across.

        • Alex

          JESmith on October 6, 2008 Geez, this has to be my least ftovriae Kate so far. Hopefully when the tour ends Kelli Sawyer will rejoin the Broadway cast…she may not be as good as Stephanine or Juile but she’s better than the one here. Its nice to see that Carla Renata(Gary) has joined the Broadway cast though. She’s the best Gary in my opinion.

    • Armin Tamzarian

      Still, French fries are originally from France. Canvas, a Belgian TV-station, did an entire documentary (called “De Patat” or “The potato”) on it not too long ago. Although there are some myths about French fries originating in Belgium, the first verifiable account of French fries are from Paris. Also, the first “frietkot” in Belgium was owned by a German.

  • ozgur

    What you called Souvlaki is actually “shish kebap” and it is Turkish, not to mention “gyro” is also Turkish “doner”… Greek cuisine is vegetables and fish, so if you must, find Greek national food among those, not in Turkish food.

    • dizit

      ozgur “What you called Souvlaki is actually…”

      delicious whatever you call it!

      • Adeline

        Selestiel on January 30, 2011 Honestly, knees at 90 deerges while doing floor wipers? Perhaps 10 deerges R.O.M with his last set of pullups? Press-ups were even worse. What a piss pore attempt at a 300. Oh, and watching those deadlifts, did anyone tell him he can bend his knees?

    • Turks are the invadors and thieves but Greeks steal from Turks? LOL

      Good joke lol

      By the way, Souvlaki and Gyros is not the same as Kebap and doner you idiot.

      • Xyroze

        According to Wikipedia, Doner kebap was invented between the 18th century and the 1950’s and is somehow the inspiration of the Gyro, Taco, and Shawarma, among other things.

        Souvlaki on the other hand originated some time between 17th century BCE and 800 BCE. I’m no connoisseur of foods by any means, but I for the life of me can’t see what makes Turkish kebap original, or significant in any way. It is far too modern to be the source of anything.

      • bob

        The spices are different, numbnuts. Not everything that looks the same is the same food. Same goes for Gyros, it tastes very different from doner because the spices are different. Also pieces of gyros are generally smaller, and less fatty than doner.

      • bob

        Oh and Aetheras, I’m not sure what you’re referencing but not all turkish people are invadors and thieves obviously, you freaking idiot. Stop being such a douche with racial prejeduice.

        • Xyroze

          I feel aetheras’ statement was fully justified.

        • Go read some history idiot and then you will know what I mean!


          • SnakeCharmer

            Nice List Theodoris!Although you forgot to mention the king of fast food delicacies:hot dog.

            For the souvlaki issue,as Xylone mentioned,it was of greek origin,along with pita bread(mentioned in Athenaeus of Naucratis’ Deipnosophistae).Shish kebab has lamb meat as its main ingredient,souvlaki has pork.

            P.S. (That’s in greeklish im sorry)

            Kala re aethera se videaki sto youtube eimaste?Xalarose giati kala sou eipan:kaneis san malakas…….(I bet you understood only one word of these :P)

    • Gnu1742

      Apart from the different spices, there is a fundamental difference between Gyros and Döner (and between Shawarma and Shish Kebap): It’s the meat. While Gyros/Shawarma is pork, Döner/shish Kebap is lamb or beef. Don’t forget: Turkey is an islamic country.

  • Metalwrath

    I’m craving for sushi now :s

    Not the best hamburger picture by the way ^^

  • Christine Vrey

    I have had 8 of these but now I realy want to try Souvlaki!! I have a obsession with tzatziki and have been known to eat out pots of the stuff! Nice list =D

  • dizit

    I’ve eaten all of these foods and find all delicious. Some of my faves are pierogi, spring roll, souvlaki, sushi (not to forget sashimi), and fish and chips.
    I was hoping for some less familiar items, something I could try for the first time. Still, thanks, Theodoros, for a great list! You’ve reminded me of some foods I haven’t eaten in too long a time.

  • Frank

    Pierogi isn’t ‘fast food’ you dumb f*ck.

    • Geko

      First, no need to insult.

      Second, there are plenty of booths in Krakow that sell Pierogi on the go. That’s the place where I had the best Pierogi ever (forest mushrooms and venison stuffings).

      • Lukio

        I agree that Pierogi can be served as a fast food but there is also one dish from Poland that is certainly a fast food (also available via booths in Krakow ) :

      • tovarisch

        I love pierogis too, although I’m not Polish. Russians and Polaks might have some differences, but we both share an interest in eating pierogis :)

    • Not Being Fresh

      watch your mouth you rude f*ck!

    • Wizard Whatley

      What an insightful, intelligent comment.

  • snickersman

    All this food is making me hungry!!!

    • dizit

      Oh great! Now I want to make Snickers

      • snickersman

        You’re welcome!

        • dizit

          C’mon over and have a plateful, s’man :D

  • SlamDance_Karma

    I have no beef (pun intended) with the list itself, but really, calling the Big Mac “the worst”? It’s arguably the most recognized hamburger in the world, and it almost single-handedly rocketed McDonalds to the top of the fast food industry for several decades. I don’t know why the Big Mac gets such a bad rap. They’re quite good, and tens of millions of people can’t be ‘wrong’, right?

    • Planet Earth

      “and tens of millions of people can’t be ‘wrong’, right?

      Yes ,Remember when smoking cigarettes were good for you ?

      McDonalds is toxic food full of chemical that most people know nothing about .
      Here’s a trick for for eating healthy tried to eat food with ingredients you can understand .For Example :
      The main chemical that is link to CANCER in process meat is Sodium Nitrite & Nitrosamine .

    • bob

      Planet Earth. McDonalds food is not “toxic”. That’s just a plain lie. And chemicals are not by deffault bad, you idiot. Sodium Nitrite is used to prevent the growth of Clostridium Botulinum, which causes botulism. And it has been deemed safe for human consumption in the EU and USA. It is only hazardous in far larger doses than you can get from eating a couple of burgers. And so far Nitrosamines have only been conclusively shown to increase the risk of cancer in animals at high doses.

      And humans consume nowhere near those doses.

      So why don’t you try and understand the ingredients of something before acting like a complete fool and telling people that it’s hazardous and toxic.
      Also smoking cigarettes was never good for you, and scientists never claimed they were. Advertisement agencies claimed they were, and it took a while for the scientists to do the research and tell people that no, they actually weren’t good.

      And SlamDance_Karma. The taste of food is subjective. Millions of people can find the Big Mac to be the pinnacle of modern cuisine, and one guy can find it horrible, and everyone would be right. You think they taste quite good, and so do tens of millions of other people, but there’s also a lot of people who wouldn’t eat a big mac if you payed them for it.

      • Planet Earth

        @bob you sir are the one telling lies . First of all you don’t know how the industry works .

        Do you know a corporation called Givaudan ???? Cause i bet you’ve consumed a lot of there products and don’t even know it . IGNORANCE is Bliss !

        One way they do research is to take for example 100 mice then you apply the chemical and see how high the dead rate is at 75cc for example . If 1/4 survive it’s deemed 25 % safe and then they repeat this process over & over again . Not to mention there is no long term research being conducted for certain chemicals .
        My neighbor who works for a University that studied in chemistry tells me some very interesting stories . The schools are very dependent on donation for research .Who do you think gives them the MONEY????????????????????? (corporation )

        Look at what happen to the Farmers that were feeding there pig’s Monsanto GMO feed . I bet you don’t know any of these stories .Also remember when Doctor would attend to there patience while smoking a cigarette right in front of there faces .

        BTW – Humans are part of the animal kingdom , HA HA HA

      • Angie

        yep. Bob just shut you down. Now you’re all pissy pants and typing extra fast

        • Planet Earth


          No bob is just Brainwash and doesn’t know any better and you seem to be Brainwash also .

          Facts are Facts

          Studies that are sponsor by corporation are push through sometimes without the proper long tern research needed to be deemed safe .

          When they say it’s safe in certain small amount .IT’S STILL POISON !!!!

          Case in point Sodium Fluoride , it’s in a lot of products like TOOTHPASTE and is classified as a Toxic . It ‘s the main ingredients in RAT POISON .

          I’m convince that in the U.S.A the dumb people outnumber the smart one’s 15-1

          • For someone who’s calling everyone else dumb, you can’t spell or use the English language worth a damn.

  • pensioner204

    Sigh…. “Burrito” is not a typical Mexican dish, go to Mexico and ask for a goddamn burrito and you will get a tiny donkey (in Tijuana, the actions of the donkey may vary) but seriously, do some research. As a Mexican man who is aware of the vast cuisine options we have to offer, I really do get sick of the whole “Tacos y Burritos” Cartman sorta deal.

    • Bootz

      Growing up in Southern California, I’m with you my man. Burritos are up there with nachos as “Mexican food.”

    • ChinoLee


    • This.

      Been living in Mexico for 6 years, and have only seen 1 place selling burritos. (And they were shrimp burritos, at that)

      I think the burrito was invented in Mexico, but it’s mostly popular in the US and I certainly wouldn’t call it “Mexican fast food”.

    • Pelu

      Well I’m from Juarez and there is a burrito place in every corner, no kidding, but they are made completely different than the US version, example “de colorado”, or chicharron verde is somthing you will never see in a US restaurant, hence they are fake.

      • Lilkty

        I’m from Chihuahua but been all over the place. Burritos are indeed Mexican food, the thing is they are particular to a very specific northern area of Mexico, which explains why there are burrito places in every corner in some cities and why some others laugh at them.

        • Prakash

          HurriUK on September 24, 2008 Wow.I love Avenue Q, I’ve seen tons of deiffrent casts perform that song, and this has to be the worst version I’ve ever seen.

    • Michel

      Agreed! I have lived in Mexico City most of my life, and for short periods of years in different states, and haven’t seen Burritos as often as visitors would think. Burritos (and wheat tortillas) are more common in the north states, such as San Luis Potosi, Nuevo Leon, and even Sonora and Sinaloa (states I have visited and where I had burritos) but corn tortillas are a lot more popular in the rest of the country; and you see burrito places in every corner in Juarez because… well, it’s North, and close to the U.S., however “Borderline” food is not necessarily the average Mexican fast food. I think tamales are the most common Mexican food, and I have had them served in many ways in almost every state in the country, sold in the street early in the morning and in the evening… gee, I’m hungry!

    • Satrina

      Agree! Burritos are not Mexican fast food. If you want to talk about Mexican fast food, try “Tacos al pastor”.

      And I think maybe the reason why burritos are so common in the Mexican northern states is because of the influence from USA and the Tex Mex food.

  • fraterhater

    For Australia I nominate the ‘Meat Pie,’ there are multiple varieties available, some examples better than others.

    Meat of indeterminable origin, in golden pastry often at dangerously high temperatures, commonly served with tomato sauce (Ketchup). Can be very good.

    • Christine Vrey

      You cannot label a meat pie as Australian, as the first pies where made in Ancient Egypt and the first people to put meat in a pie where the Greeks, followed by the Romans, followed by the rest of Europe, while the French and Italians “fixed” the pastery to what we know today. Then Missionaries “took” the classic meat pie to the rest of the world. The British probably braught the meat pie to Australia in the 1700’s and since the first European settlers came to New Zealand in the 1600’s, they probably had meat pies even before Australia… Even in South Africa you can buy a variety of meat pies (prime steak, pepper steak, mince, beef and onion, steak and kidney, cornish, cheese griller, ham and cheese…ect) at every petrol station, so I will be dammed if you try to lable MEAT PIES Australian!!

      • fraterhater

        Wow, you’ve realy missed the point, I know we didn’t invent it, I know you can get it any number of other places. Food is like that.

        I never labled it as specifically Australian, I said “For Australia I nominate” the reason I suggested it is firstly because I noticed it wasn’t on the list and seccondly because of it’s popularity both here and elsewhere. There is a cultural significance to the pie in Australia, we have embraced the pie, it’s part of our culture and identity regardless of it’s origins.

        Have a pie because they are good and get over it !

        • coocoocuchoo

          nah, he’s right, is in no way Australian. The pies I saw over there were the same as British meat pies, which have been made in places like Melton Mowbray for hundreds and hundreds of years. Ive heard that steak and eggs was an Aussie dish though, so maybe go with that.

          • fraterhater

            Hmmm still not getting it?

            It’s not about where they were made first or who else has them it’s because the pie is culturally significant here.

        • Flippant

          Lol @ “Food is like that.”

          Yep, I get what you’re saying and totally agree with you. The meat pie is definitely synonymous with Aussie tucker.

  • zubi

    LOL, no question why a Turkish food is listed here as Greek… The lister is Greek! You guys should stop advertising Turkish food as your own. An educated mind or even an average traveler would easily know that it is shish kebap.

    • I am sure you say the same for Constantinople and all the ancient Greek monuments which exist in modern Turkey right?

      When Greeks ate Souvlaki in 350BC, Turks were still Mongol nomads living in the deep deep Asia hahahahaha

      Turks are known invadors and plagiarists, stop with your lame jokes. Greeks don’t steal from others, it’s always the other way around :)

      • bob

        Aetheras, you’re a god damn racist and you should be ashamed. “Turks are known invaders and plagiarists” They are these things only in the eyes of an ignorant fool. And don’t start whining about how turky did some crap to your country some time, this guy had NOTHING to do with that. And neither do the majority of the turks, so saying their all known plagiarists and invaders makes you nothing but a small minded fool undeserving of anybody’s respect.

        • Bob you freaking idiot go read some history and what Turks have done to Greeks (400 years slavery you freaking stupid animal) and then come back and apologize to me for calling me racist!

  • Chris Dow

    No Poutine on the list?

    God damn you guys need to come to Canada more….. geez……..

    • Chris Dow

      God damn the word filter didn’t kick in!

    • Canada rules

      If you want a real poutine you have to go to Quebec the best in the world .

      • Armadillo

        Poutine is the most delicious dish ever created and I am hungry.

      • cblouin

        Chez Ashton in Quebec city best most addictive poutine in the world, no sh1t! you’ll hate it cause it’s so good!!

        • Canada rules

          Ashton is good” La belle province ” is good .Karl’s& binos in Montreal was really good
          I just think that Quebec has the best cheese & thin gravy . Don’t be fooled by imitators .If it’s not cheese curds then it’s not a real poutine .

    • forsythia

      Poutine in all its hilarity…

      • psychosurfer

        Lol! This compensated for a rather boring list. BTW poutine looks like an excellent munchies quencher.

    • rargran

      Checked out poutine…it looks like gravy fries. I’ll have to check it out, but have you tried chili-cheese fries. I’m not a fan of fries in general, but you can to some amazing things with crispy sticks that absorb flavor.

      • blue jacket

        @rargran…Poutine is fries, gravy and cheese curds. The curds are what makes poutine unique.
        Poutine is highly customizable, with many places adding vegetables, steak, pork…even nacho poutine.

    • Alex

      A diner near my home town (in CT, usa) makes something similar- fries, gravy and provolone cheese. They call them “disco fries” and they are impossible to stop eating.

  • [email protected] whoever said that Soouvlaki is Turish. As the author says Souvlaki is as ancient as Aristotle…………..Turks didn’t even exist back then. It’s a known fact that Turks stole Greece’s land, history and monuments, why food would be an exception? We all know who the invaders and thieves are between Greeks and Turks so please Turks shut up :)

    • guy who says Haa! Haa! on the simpsons

      Haa! Haa! Greeks Rule!

      Greeks > Turkish dumbass

    • Uh….Who cares??

      Uh….Who cares??

  • Jen

    I’ve tried everything on this list :D

    But … where’s the German bratwurst?

    • Julius

      If anything, I’d recommend German Curry Wurst. It’s really nice.

  • nostalgos

    Ok,now i am hungry you son of a….

  • Lexxie

    Being from L.A., I’ve eaten and/or made ALL of those except Pierogi. Which I’m going to look for a receipt for after I write this comment. If you only eat your own regional food, you are missing out….and now I’m starving.

    • Geko

      For the dough: Floor, egg, water. Make it consistent, then flatten it to about 1 or 2 millimeters. Use a regular water glass to cut circles in the dough.

      Stuffing: whatever you feel like, but I personaly favor buckwheat mixed with poultry livers.

      Put a teaspoon of stuffing in the center of the circle you cut in the dough, then close it like a crescent. Boil in water for 10 to 15 minutes. Once boiled, you can additionaly fry it in a pan with olive oil for a few minutes.

      Serve with a sauce made of onions fried in olive oil. Enjoy!

      • Lexxie

        Yummmmmmmmmmm, Thanks! I’m going to write your recipe down and give it a try soon!

  • Brandmon

    I have to point out to the author that the Pizza is not something that calls home the whole of Italy. Don’t forget that in in Italy, as is similar in Germany and Great Britain, there are clear regional distinctions.

    After all, the Pizza gained its fame in the southern part of Italy and holds less of a status at the north. Indeed the tradition related to the Pizza all lies at the south, namely Naples, and by visiting the right places I am certain that one would not be disappointed. Just keep in mind that the philosophy of the true traditional Italian pizza is not to put as many ingredients or even remotely enough ingredients, but to have as few ingredients and toppings. Indeed one could argue that perfection is obtained when you have nothing else to remove.

    Overall I would suggest the author not make nation-wide generalisations as they are very often incorrect and are overall “not cool” ;)

    • Julius

      I agree. There are tons of regional specialties, like Frico in Friuli.

      • Julius

        Hmpf. Kinda messed up there….

        *I agree. There are tons of regional specialties, that put pizza to shame, like Frico in Friuli.

        Is what I was trying to say.

    • Italia

      I agree completely. I was born in Palermo and only the Napolitanos can really make good pizza, the northern Italians don’t care as much for traditional pizza and it’s served almost exclusively for tourists! Ask a northern Italian and they’d disagree that pizza is the national dish. Please don’t make such sweeping generalizations!

  • Being Canadian, I am shocked “Poutine” isn’t on this list.

    • The Soup Nazi

      There can only be 10. Nothing personal.

  • Joe

    Isn’t pizza originally French?

  • jo

    Bratwurst, Bretzel and Beer? Currywurst? Bunnychow? Doener? I can think of so many others. How about a list: ” MOST COMMON DISH BY COUNTRY” that would be interesting.

  • Irishrem

    What about the full Irish Breakfast? Rashers, sausages, White and black pudding, an egg and a cup of tea, can’t beat it

    • The Soup Nazi

      Made fresh from the farm! You can’t beat that anywhere. Good stuff, especially on a Sunday morning!

  • Pablito funk

    “tacos” are the most famous fast food in mexico is interesting how can someone make a list of this kind with out knowing nothing about those countries very stupid and poor list, and I’m sure he is wrong about most of them.

    • TheCapitalLetter

      What the hell? Tacos ARE the most famous fast food in mexico, just not the ones they sell in places like Taco Bell. Small hand size maize tortilla filled with “carne al pastor” and pineapple, with cilantro, onion and lemon.

  • curryandchips

    Would take a Big Mac over anything on Friday’s menu.

  • Missy

    Fantastic list. I tried and apple strudel pierogi once and it was super. But I have to say fish & chips are my favourite.

  • fraterhater

    Seems to be a lot of people getting pedantic over what comes from where originally, who invented it and so on. But the point should really be where are these foods popular or culturally significant.

    Food is like that, it gets shared around dishes get adopted.

    • Maggot

      who invented it vs. popular or culturally significant

      Interestingly though, only in the Hamburger item header is a special point made in noting the difference between these two things. So on that basis, the door has been opened by the author to discuss those separate elements in the other entries.

  • Will Trame

    Nothing like a food list to get the old appetite going. I have an affinity for McDonalds (yes, even the Big Mac; I miss the days when they temporarily sold chili), Skyline chili and pizza.

    • blue jacket

      You and I are probably the only two here who have even heard of Skyline Chili, much less eaten it. I love the Five Way, myself. With a couple of coneys on the side. Oh, and some Sky fries.

  • JPMax

    Of course if you are american or used to live in US and your concept of pizza is “throw as much things as we can on that pasta” you did not like it in Italy.

    I am Italian but I live abroad since 10 years. I tried pizza in at least 20 different countries and I can tell you that without a doubt the US Style pizza is the most disgusting thing ever for us Italians.

    • The Soup Nazi

      That’s why Italians and Italian-Americans are like the moon and the sun. Completely different people.

    • Maggot

      without a doubt the US Style pizza is the most disgusting thing ever for us Italians.

      Is that only because you are comparing it to your ideal of the “traditional Italian pizza”? Perhaps if the US style pie was just thought of as a stand-alone dish under some other name, and not compared to one specific Italian dish that you are culturally protective of, you might find it rather tasty, in and of itself? Maybe not, just asking though. But also worth noting, as with many dishes, in the US there are varying degrees of quality in the US style pie. Some, like Domino’s (a little respected fast-food chain) taste like cardboard, while there are many “gourmet” pizzerias in the US that create some really tasty offerings. Then there’s “New York style”, “Chicago style”, etc., etc. There is no single “US style” pizza. How these different recipes or flavors/tastes compare in some kind of side-by-side test to your “traditional” Italian pizza isn’t all that relevant.

      • JPMax

        I am not comparing anything. I am only saying that, since the author points out that in Italy pizza is not so good, the pizza you are used to eat in US is a variation of the classic Italian pizza to please American taste and we italians do not like it. I live in Tokyo now and here we have all the major U.S. chains like Domino, Pizza Hut and so on. But as all the Italian living here I end up ordering it to a small italian restaurant that is freaking overcharging me. My wife is Japanese and guess what.. she likes Pizza Hut and doesn’t understand why I want to eat a pizza that is so “simple”.. Italian pizza comes with a couple of toppings maximum. The good taste is in the quality of the mozzarella and the tomato. Of course if you like to feel in your mouth 10 different tastes while you eat pizza you cannot like the classic Italian one.
        As for the US style apple pie (are you referring to it?) I like it. But what if I state “US style pie is not so good in US. If you want to eat the really good one you should go to Nigeria”. Would you think that is an appropriate statement? Of course is not… it would be appropriate if it was like “FOR MY TASTE U.S. pie tastes better in Nigeria”.
        Sorry if I wrote too much :)

        • Maggot

          As for the US style apple pie (are you referring to it?)

          No, sorry, I wasn’t talking about apple pie here (that came up in a different thread though). Not sure if this is a U.S. only thing, but here in the States we sometimes refer to pizza as a “pizza pie”, or shortened just to “pie”. Kind of slang I guess…sorry it didn’t translate well. Anyway, I hear what you’re saying with regard to your personal likes and dislikes; everyone’s are different. I’d just wondered if your dislike was more fueled by the thought that the “US style” was more of a corruption of tradition, rather than just a different recipe to be judged flavor/taste-wise on its own merit. It’s kind of like comparing a McDonalds Big Mac to a classic burger. They are two totally different things IMO. Every once in a while I’ll crave a Big Mac, but when I want a “real” hamburger, that’s the furthest thing from my mind.

    • TheCapitalLetter

      Try Mexican pizza, its even worse. Mexican pizza will have beans instead of tomato, covered with jalapeño, avocado and onions. Worst pizza ever. That is why I only eat pepperoni and mushrooms. Papa John ´s is not bad, I guess, for big chain american pizza.

      • Really? All the pizza I’ve had here has been much the same as in the US, except sometimes with less tomato sauce.

        But then my Mexican friends will add worcestershire sauce, chile sauce and even ketchup as toppings. Gross haha

  • Pete

    Good list, but one tiny issue. A chippy is a term for a chip shop. The actual dish is just called fish and chips. Saveloy and pickled eggs are lovely too.

  • Myself

    A “chippy” is not a slang name for the meal of fish and chips. A chippy is a slang name for the fish and chip shop where you buy it from.
    I’m English. I know my fish and chips.

  • Kiel

    I consider myself a pretty uncultured American and I have had all of these (although in mostly nasty American variants) Yay for me!

  • Ago

    traditional pizza is not from Pisa, Bologna or Macerata. if you want to eat real pizza, you have to go to Napoli and eat Margherita! and all that you need in the top of it is pomodoro, mozzarella and basilico!

    • The Soup Nazi


      • Ago

        the anchovies are for Marinara, with garlic and oregano

  • Bridget

    Boerevors rolls in South Africa and vetkoek.

    • Christine Vrey

      Vet koek for the WIN…. Or cinnamon sugar pannekoek!!!!

  • Concrete

    Nice nice =D

  • eugene

    souvlakia are really cypriot rather than greece— there’s no way the best souvlakia from greece are comparable to the best ones from cyprus

  • PisspotyDont

    Umm French fries originated in Texas dude. Do some more research.

    • Christine Vrey

      Wow, U are a TOTAL idiot!!! Do your own research and try again….

  • Raja

    No samosa India’s fast food

  • curryandchips

    #33 @JPMax:It is obvious that you have never traveled to Thailand. The Seafood “pizza” from ‘The Pizza Company’ would give you a new winning country.

  • helltotheno89

    I’m English and I have never seen fish and chips in newspapers… My dad did however used to collect newspapers for the chippies but that was 50 years ago.. Also I thought the UK national dish was Tikka Masala?

    • The Soup Nazi

      That’s an Indian food.

      • coocoocuchoo

        Tikka Masala was invented in England. Tikka was from India.

        • Alba Gu Brath

          I think you will find that the tikka masala was invented in Glasgow, Scotland by an Indian Redtaurant owner… Who was from India… Stop claiming Scotlands stuff as your own!!

  • The Soup Nazi

    You should try pizza in Naples. The souvlaki sounds real good. The Belgians like their sweet food!

  • wingracer

    Nice list.
    I have never been to Greece, but I am fortunate to have not one, but two excellent Greek restaurants near me owned and operated by actual Greeks that make AMAZING Souvlaki.

    And you’re not the first person I have heard say that Pizza is better outside of Italy.

  • Dana

    falafel anyone?

  • Gilbo

    The pizza is not from Italy. The modern pizza, especially the type pictured here, was invented in, say it with me…NEW YORK CITY – by Italian-Americans. While the Italians in Florence do serve a “pizza-like” substitute, the pizza is literally as American as apple pie!!!!!

    • Ago

      but that’s not the real pizza, in fact pizza in italy is not a fast food…(or at least where i live… 50km from naples)

    • Ago
      that one in the picture may be from nyc, but real pizza is napoletana!

    • Maggot

      pizza is literally as American as apple pie!!!!!

      Apple pie might be thought of as an “American” food tradition, but it didn’t originate in America:

      • dizit

        Oh great! Now I HAVE to make an apple pie! ;)

  • Naomi

    Love It Love it Love it ! They serve the french fries just the same way in Germany and Holland as they do in Belgium. Great List ..

  • Sillyfer

    Yummy list but the picture for croissant is a pain au chocolat.

    • Foody

      was just gonna say the same thing

  • vanowensbody

    Tasty list

  • Agent119

    Naples pizza is pretty terrible compared to US pizza. There are better foods to try in Italy than pizza.

    • Ago

      i agree with you about the fact that are better foods in italy than pizza, but i totally disagree about that “terrible”!

      when someone from naples see an american pizza, we call it blasphemy… lol

    • Italia

      Ah! Naples doesn’t make good pizza?!? Heresy!!! :)

  • ND

    In western Canada Pierogi are a favorite, but if you said “Polish” people will look at you funny. Around these parts they are considered Ukranian.

    • Not Being Fresh

      A Ukrainian shouldn’t call it a pierogi.

  • mike/

    now i am starving 1 great list. the only thing i would add is ‘summer rolls’ along with spring rolls. these are the ones that are not fried or warm but cool and filled with great raw vegetables, prawns, etc. equally as good as spring rolls…

  • James

    Just to point out a little error, in England we don’t call fish and chips “the chippie” as the entry implies. The chippie is the common term for the shop that sells fish and chips rather than the dish itself.

  • Finally! A list I can sink my teeth into!

  • mom424

    Very nice entry for a Sunday morning – making me hungry right from the git-go. Hopefully doesn’t start a Greek/Turk who conquered who, who stole from who, and who gets to claim Alexander war. Not that I don’t find it fascinating.. -_-

    A few clarifications are in order I think – Souvlaki is (maybe I”m wrong, but I don’t think so) is made from an actual cut of meat; cubed pork or lamb (here we have very non-traditional chicken too) is marinated in lemon juice, garlic, oregano and a few other awesome tasties. Both Gyro and Donair (Doner if you’re from the UK) are made from a seasoned meat loaf cooked on a vertical broiler. The meat is on a spit and is sliced off to order. Here’s a picture ..


    Perogi are very popular in Canada – a favorite bar food in our western provinces. And an artery clogging, heart busting, dish of awesome. Here we boil ’em, fry ’em and serve them with about a pound of bacon, fried onions, and a cup and a half of sour cream. Damn, it’s sooo good. Like anything with fried bacon and onions could ever be bad.

    All this food talk,,, I do think some breakfast is in order. Thanks Theodore – great job.

    • segues

      mom424 “…Gyro and Donair … are made from a seasoned meat loaf cooked on a vertical broiler.”
      Love, love, love gyros, donair, and perogi (although I love the simpler versions).
      I have a question, Mom. You called the hunk of hanging meat a “meatloaf”. The only meatloaf I’m familiar with is a combination of ground meat with, perhaps, breadcrumbs, egg, various spices etc. baked. Can you explain why the hunk is a meatloaf?

      • mom424

        It’s not a cut – it’s ground meat mixed with seasonings, formed into a large loaf and cooked on the vertical broiler. It is meat loaf. “Souvlaki is made from an actual cut of meat; cubed pork or lamb is marinated in lemon juice, garlic, oregano and a few other awesome tasties. Both Gyro and Donair (Doner if you’re from the UK) are made from a seasoned meat loaf cooked on a vertical broiler.” Souvlaki is made with pork shoulder or lamb…heard of it made with goat too!

        • segues

          Thanks, I didn’t know that (hence, the question). All I was sure of was the tastiness of the result.
          damn Now I want a gyro but have absolutely no chance of getting one.

          • mom424

            Our higher end grocery store chain sells Donair/Gyro meat in the frozen food section – it’s not bad, and better if you cook it on a grill pan that you can heat to high hades. Donair sauce is more or less just sweetened mayo with a bit of extra acid. Of course the fresh onions, tomatoes and shredded lettuce make it even better. Some fresh grated old cheddar and it’s damn near perfect. :)

      • SallySalamander

        SEGUES! Where’ve you been?

        • Stephanie

          I was wondering the same thing. Well, we know she’s alive!

    • psychosurfer

      In Mexico we have our own version called “Tacos al pastor”, usually the meat is served in a tortilla with coriander, onion, pineapple and different salsas, they are superb.
      Tacos al pastor are a lot more traditional than the Burrito which is a Tex-mex dish made popular by american fast food chains and has become the international known standard for mexican food. This is a shame since mexican cuisine is far more complex and rich.

      • segues

        “Tacos al pastor” sound devine.

      • Pelu.

        No burritos are from Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua (funny how some , you can never compare that so called Tex-Mex with Mexican food, it should only be called TEX, because to put a Bland tasteless so-called salsa, yellow cheese and lettuce on everything does not make it mexican, I would say there is no Mexican food really, because the variety is so amazing, from Veracruz and its seafood, to say barbacoa in Hidalgo or papatzules in Yucatan, unfortunately most non mexicans will never hear or see our real food, it is only a shame.
        And I will say that most so called mexican food abroad has little to do with Mexico.

  • 4.Souvlaki



    • Lexxie

      Tastes good too. If you want traditional Souvlaki, if you live anywhere near a Greek Orthodox Church, they usually have festivals in the summer time, where food is sold. Souvlaki (not a dumb down version for non-Greek Palates) is available.

  • D

    Wow! Never heard of any of these before!
    What’s a hamburger?

    But if you want to try real junk food, one could learn a lot from Michel Lotito:

  • chris

    hey burritos are not mexican at all,

    burrito means “donkey” in spanish.

    americans invented it,

    • TheCapitalLetter

      Los Burritos se comen en el norte de México, la tortilla gigante es popular en Sonora y Texas. Comidas del sur de Estados Unidos son las mismas que en el norte de Mexico, dado que antes era territorio mexicano. How is that for Spanish? Oh, by the way, they are Mexican, from Juarez:

      Of course the link is in Spanish as well. And yes we regularly eat them, I make burritos when I don’t want to cook, they are like Mexican Sandwiches.

  • Fatty McFatbutt

    I love food lists.

  • Vlaming

    Frietjes :D We don’t quite call the place we get them friteries or frietkoten, we call them a ‘frituur’ :)

  • Yafeelluck?

    This list makes me so hungry!

  • rargran

    This list seems too pedestrian. Anyone who lives in a reasonably urban area in the Western World would have heard about all of these foods. You mentioned that other list of National Foods to Try; now that was a list, I hadn’t heard about half of those things and by the end I was itching to taste them. All I got to say is dig deeper. The world is wide and there are so many cultures out there with interesting things that any typical urbanite has yet to hear about. Oh and about Burritos, you missed the connection between Doner Kebabs in Europe and Burritos in the New World. They are essentially the same concept: food wrapped in an edible packaging.

  • cliosguy

    You need to try the “baleada” from Honduras!

  • Newmarket Brian

    More Canadian entries – butter tarts, Nanaimo bars, fiddleheads, & almost anything with maple sugar as its primary ingredient!

    Come on, Canadians: I know there’s more than these (and yes, I love poutine as well)

    • blue jacket

      Fiddleheads are fantastic, but hardly qualify as fast food.

    • TheCapitalLetter

      Seeing these Canadian comments makes me want to try out more of the food, I have no idea what any of those are, I only eat maple syrup on pancakes.

  • ostap

    In Ukraine we call them “varenyky”! The desert version may contain strawberries, blueberries or rasperry! Also related to them are “pelmeni” which are stuffed with meat. But those are not fast food.

    As fastfood, we have: backed little juicy meat pies (bilyashi), the fried ones (chebureki) or stuffed with cabage, potato mash etc. (incidentally called pirozhki). In Russia are common “blini” (known as crepes in Europe), and at every metro station they sell “sloyki” which are kind of croissant with dozens kinds of fillings and of course hotdogs.
    my favorite is german barbequed bratwurst though :-)

  • BurritO)))

    Burritos for the win!!

  • Wizard Whatley

    Perogis are great. I was introduced to them by a Ukranian co-worker. They are so delicious!

  • *mmmhungrygurl*

    Chris just….ugh nevermind! Hey did this list make anyones mouth water and crave for some of these foods?

  • *mmmhungrygurl*

    Burrito, burrito, wherefore art thou burrito?

  • Abed

    No shawerma or falafel!!!!!

  • Pöpö

    Pig blood sausage, the black sausage with lingonberry sauce, straight from Tampere Finland: the best fast food ever!

  • misskimothy

    Dude, I totally make my own, in a full day orgy of dough and potato filling. Some varieties that are extra awesome — potato/cheddar cheese filling, potato/dry cottage cheese filling, dry cottage cheese filling, and jam. YES there IS a dessert perogie!
    Jam filled perogies, fried in butter with sour cream and fried onions? HEAVEN!
    I make 24 dozen at a time, and freeze. Sets me up for a few months, at least.

  • FlameHorse

    Yes sir, if it won’t fer fries, we’d all be dead. (That’s my real accent, in case you’re wondering.)

  • Papichulo

    Pupusa FTW! :)

    • oregonmade

      LOVE them! Have some in the freezer actually!

  • aslkjsadljk;wo

    Balut… that is all.

  • Dave Moustain

    Poutine from Quebec, Canada is far more tasty fast food than Belgium plain jane French Fries. It’s fresh cheese curds, special gravy and thick cut fries.

  • I hate to say this, but the top 3 are basically only known in their American forms. Yeah, they may have origins in Germany, Italy, and Belgium, but who eats hamburgers without buns or anything else on them? When’s the last time you ate a pizza with fish, sliced tomato, and olive oil? As far as french fries go, I’m sure the Belgians make great fries, but it’s the American fry that has everyone addicted. BTW #6 should have been “taco” not “burrito”. Burrito was only a regional food around the border between the U.S. and Mexico, where wheat flour was available. Tacos, mostly made from corn tortillas and are much more popular all over Mexico, U.S. and other countries.

  • Flippant

    Enjoyable list.. thanks, Theodoros.

    What was with your intro though? To me it seemed like just one major Jamie-butt-kiss session. I think that space could have been better spent actually introducing your list rather than using it like an Academy Awards acceptance speech. O_o

    Good job on the list anyways though. :)

  • Coriolan

    The best fries are approx. the size of a finger. Forget about those tiny fries at McDonald’s. They also should be cooked twice. Once at about 160° to cook the inside, once at 180° for a short time to make the fry crispy. Take the extra-fat out by rubbing the fries in paper towel.

    That’s the way most of the people here in Belgium cook their fries. That’s how they taste the best, IMHO.

  • Poppy

    Honestly the best pizza I’ve ever had was in Italy, in a tiny restaurant in a tiny village in the south of Italy, the second best was in New York. Souvlaki is the only thing on this list I haven’t tried and it seems like the kind of thing I would like :)

    I also live near a fantastic little Mexican place, best burritos I’ve ever tasted (admittedly I’ve never been to Mexico…) The guy who owns the place is from California and his parents are Mexican, so I’ll trust that he knows what he’s doing…

  • Lisa Marie

    Well I am expecting an increase in cancer soon. McD’s came here and they are booming, the lines are long and the staff is sort of rude. But hey they are making the bucks!

  • Lisa Marie

    the Pierogi is making me drool, but we don’t have a polish restaurant here. At the end of this month, I am having some grilled salmon sushi at my local restaurant. The Souvlaki looks heavenly. And if things work out I am going to europe this year, I definitely want to try the ‘real’ hamburger in Germany!

  • V

    Shawarma/Kebab – arabic world, Lángos – Hungary, Mici – Romania

  • Bart

    You could have also added the Doner (Gyro) from Turkey (or Greece)

  • BlueFox94

    French fries has to be #1 :D

    We don’t spend an average $1000 a year by getting not having some fries with our burgers!!

  • Dean

    Pierogies are nouns.

  • Dan

    Doener Kebap needs to be on this list!

  • SnS

    that hamburger looks delicious lol

  • Try the Canadian Treat called “Poutine” Its French Fries covered with melted mozzarella cheese and then covered with a thick beef gravy. If that doesn’t clog your arteries then nothing will !!!

  • Highers

    wheres the Donair / Poutine from canada.

  • Katie

    That picture you chose for the hamburger doesn’t even come close to serving it justice. It looks vile. For any of you weirdos that haven’t had a hamburger, do NOT judge it based on that picture alone!

  • Dani

    Well I was VERY disappointed that POUTINE (most glorious, delicious and manipulatable “fast food” dish EVER)!!! I’ve had normal poutine (fries, gravy, cheese curds), sweet desert poutine (sweet potatoe/yam fries, mini marshmallows and chocolate/caramel syrup), and even an awesome seafood poutine from Vancouver (Chowder, fries/fried seafood, cheese). :( Poor Canada, not represented, even when we have an amazing example of what this list is about.. Now I’m all sad, lol. And yes, French fries are on there, and you may think this falls under that, but no. If you’ve had a (good) poutine, you know.

  • Dani

    Oh, and all of the list food items are EPIC. I particularily love gyros. Mmm. And fish and chips.

  • CoRYU

    Potatoes originated in America – they are not stamples of authetic European crusine. Brits, sry, only have imperialism and nothing from the UK has started w/o imperialism: Germanic language, people, tea, listverse, the food. But that is honestly awesome to have open minded culture!

  • the top two are two of my favorite foods (pizza IS my favorite food of all time) but I can’t eat several of these foods anymore, although I have tried them all.

  • Domingo L.

    The Big Mac is nowhere near the worst burger. To say so is just asinine

  • Kal

    I’d say the english national food would be a sunday roast

  • OziBloke

    Great list – Couple I’d add here if I could – Dutch croquettes – made with either boiled or roasted chicken minced and mixed with mashed potato, rolled into a sausage-shape and coated with flour, egg and breadcrumbs then deep fried to golden brown (or you can use minced roast beef)…Use French or German mustard as a condiment. Also Dutch Nasi Goreng balls – almost the same but using left over nasi goreng (An Indonesian rice dish) rolled into a ball , crumbed and deep fried…
    One delicious fast food missing off this list is Greek Yiros (or Kebab)- Hot Roast lamb, beef or chicken sliced and rolled in a pita bread with fresh tomato, onions and either lettuce or tabouli salad – add a generous helping of Greek garlic sauce and you have a most delicious snack – A favorite here in Australia after a night out with ‘the boys’

  • Dustin

    was this a list of foods the author liked? Croissant is German, la douche.

    • Gnu1742

      Err, no: ‘Croissant’ is neither a german word nor a german food. The croissant as we know it is definitely created in France

  • Zair

    Love the list I have tried everything on it and definitly agree with you when it comes to italian pizza :)

  • skin2win

    you gotta be sh!ttin’ me…

  • Pierigi… yum. My Ukrainian grandmother was a pierogi making machine. Her specialties were potato cheese, saurkraut, or blueberry. As a kid I used to love helping her make them, but as an adult it seems like a LOT of work to do on my own…

  • Will

    El Salvador: Pupusas

  • Black Ninja Cat

    This is a well written list. The only problem I have is that most people have already tried most of these, and are available at most corner cafe’s. I think some more uncommon fast foods would be very interesting.

  • LUTEFISK from Norway. Look that one up and see if you are daring enough to try it. It is the National Dish of Norway on Christmas Day as 20% of the population of that Nation serves it on that day……..

  • Creep.exe

    Good list to read when I AM STARVING : ) Gotta try that perogie stuff.

  • @ bob : McDonald’s food NOT TOXIC ??????????? I guess that you haven’t seen the movie / documentary entitled “SUPER SIZE ME” in which the main character attempts to live on McDonald’s food for 30 days (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) and consults with 6 doctors (Yes 6 !!!) before he starts off on his venture. He was vomiting after only 3 days and his organs began shutting down after the 3rd week. One of his doctors said “stop now, or you will die”. Nope, he continued.. Gained 40 pounds, His Blood Pressure doubled, did serious damage to his kidneys and after the 30 days was immediately hospitalized to stabilize his condition. Shortly after the movie was released, McDonald’s put a complete halt to the “Super Size Me” gimmick but said that stopping that gimmick had nothing to do with the movie………YEAH RIGHT !!! In all due respect, watch the movie and I bet you that you will never, ever eat at a McDonald’s again along with Burger King, Wendy’s, Hardees, etc. Its like the old cliche that says “If you ever saw as to how a Hot Dog is made, you would never eat one again. Oh and by the way, I have my Associates Degree in Culinary Arts, so I think that I do know a “little” bit about food.

    • oregonmade

      BTW…you can reply to a specific post by clicking on the “reply” button under the specific post you are referring to. Culinary degrees are a joke (I have one) and you would be better off gaining culinary experience through internships and working in the field. Did I sound condescending enough? Good! Super Size Me was gross and I do agree with you on that point.

      • @ oregonmade. I will probably screw up again with the “reply” thing on this website being computer illiterate and all. But Yes, “Super Size Me” sent a few waves of shock through my system as the guy was vomiting after only the 3rd day. My Culinary Degree didn’t do anything for me because what I did was I took a Culinary Curriculum from The University Of New Hampshire. This is what I tell people aspiring to earn a degree in this field. I tell them to GO TO A CULINARY COLLEGE, like Johnson and Wales or the Culinary Institute of Arts or the Cordon Bleu and don’t do what I did. And you have an excellent point with internship and working in the field. Its a proven fact that in Europe, the Greatest of all chefs there worked right in the kitchen and learned hands on from a master chef, and did not have to go to school. When I got my degree in 1997, what did I do afterwards ? I worked in a warehouse as a machine operator…….Go Figure !!

        • segues

          peter8172 “…Culinary Institute of Arts…”

          Do you mean the Culinary Institute of America? One of my kids attended. You’re absolutely correct about what kind of school to attend in order to make a career in the culinary field. A good culinary school makes all the difference.

          • @ segues. Pardon me for my typo as it is the Culinary Institute of America. I believe its in Hyde Park, N.Y. (Where President Franklin was born and raised), but, that school is priced like Harvard or Yale for tuition, room and board, books, etc. I went to the University Of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. where they had a very good curriculum. For becoming an expert on Baking, then Johnson and Wales in Providence R.I. (and I believe that there is one in San Francisco). My college professor(s) earned their degrees, one at the CIA and my other Professor went all out and studied in Sorbonne in Paris. The bottom line is if you want to go to cooking school, Then GO to a COOKING SCHOOL and don’t go to a college that has a Culinary curriculum. Another one that I highly recommend is The NECI (Northern Educational Culinary Institute) which is in Montpelier, Vermont

          • @ segues. I see that there are a lot of comments on Poutine. Have you ever tried it ? I am French-Canadian and have been to Canada hundreds of time because my Grandparents lived there and I have an Uncle who lives in Montreal. I never leave Canada until I get my fill of it. I can give you the recipe if you would like. Its as easy as making toast, but a bit more time to make it. If you have a problem with clogged artery (or arteries) don’t have too much, you’ll understand why….

  • @ dionysis, RAW PIG EARS ?? I guess that you have never heard of the food-borne illness called TRICHINOSIS. Look that one up on the Wikipedia and I bet that you will stop consuming those the next day !!

  • Poutine : French Fries, Melted Curd Cheese and smothered in a thick Beef Gravy. Go to Quebec, Canada and experience it. Its fantastic, but its certainly an artery clogger !!!!

  • Here’s some “Food For Thought” (no pun intended). I happened upon an episode of the television show “A 1000 Ways To Die” on the SPIKE network (Yes, it is a guilty pleasure of mine). They had one story about this morbidly obese man (we’re talking 500-600 pounds) and every day he frequented an “All-You-Can-Eat” Chinese restaurant which did not please the owners because his appetite was such that they were losing profits based on his consumption. He was there one day and just ate like there was no tomorrow. He got up to pay his tab, walked toward the exit and suddenly dropped dead at the exit, dying before he even hit the floor. The Autopsy Report on him ? They found deadly amounts of MSG (Monosodium Glutamate which is highly used in most of these types of Chinese / Asian restaurants) in his system. MSG is a preservative that enhances the color of the food to make it look fresh. So next time you decide to “Pig-Out” at one of these types of restaurants, think again. It might save your life……..

    • FactCheck

      Dude…check your facts. MSG is used for flavor and if used in excess or in a pure form will make food taste terrible. It will not kill you but weighing 500 to 600 lbs. probably will.

  • Geoffrey

    Honestly is this a joke? every person in the world probably tried these already

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  • Bashkim

    About the Burritos; Actually Burritos and tacos is VERY popular in Sweden, it’s common amongst people here to eat it at least once a week. And actually there’s a plentiful of restaurants that serve burritos here.. So some parts of Europe have definately picked up on the burrito-craze ;)

  • InfiniteJorge

    Fish & chips… mmmm

  • Sam

    You guys should also try “Adana kebab” (Turkish) which is a beef shish marinated with capsicums and it’s Juices chargrilled and wrapped in “Lavash” bread. I sell heaps at my cafe in Sydney. Also “Kofte” is worthy mentioning aswell :)

  • Johnny cashew

    Um number 4 souvlaki, only found j. Greece? First if all- ancient greece was a collection of city states around the mederteranian- second of all, those other countries also make souvlaki and in the same fucking way. Lamb or goat cooked in a pit underground. Fuck u asshole who has “done his research”, especially when there r authentic souvlaki places in new york- and no im not talking about the street food cart vendors. Then there is sicilia, lebanon, turkey, fown to saudi arabia- to even fuckin egypt who all make souvlaki the same way “greece” has done it since they became a part of the greek empire back in the day. I dont think u have done ur research.

    Ps- fugu sushi? Waste if money. All people who get fugu eat fugu raw and only fugu. No rice included unless its on the side. And pizza as we know it was invented in 1903 in nyc at a pizzaria called lombardis. Be 4 that in italy it would mainly br sauce and vegetables with a sprinkle of cheese. Whete is j frater? Im fed up with these half assed lists

  • Brett

    Pierogies >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • claudio

    theyre missing the chilean completo ;3

  • hello

    pizza is greek

  • Noah

    Number 2 doesn’t make any fucking sense

  • Josie

    Im sure readers have tried 2 if not all of these dishes
    Kind of a useless list ….

  • mexmark

    I promise, burritos are strictly from the US and you’d confuse most mexicans if you asked for one, maybe closer to the border, but for the most part burritos, chimichangas, nachos, fajitas, all the stuff US people think of as mexican food is pure fiction.

    Real mexican food is complex and awesome, and even mexican fast food, tacos, tortas ahogadas, stuff like that is awesome

  • There is one thing that I enjoy eating but gets peculiar looks from people when I apply this condiment to this particular food……The Hot Dog……The most popular condiments are : Mustard, Ketchup, Relish, Onions, Chili, Grated Cheddar Cheese, Sauerkraut, etc…….Me ? I put Mayonnaise on mine. Why you ask ? Because in the most simplistic terms, a Hot Dog is Bologna that’s just in a smaller casing. Give me a BEEF Hot Dog (not those one’s made from chicken, turkey or pork) but a BEEF Hot Dog, and I will eat it uncooked with absolutely no ill effects. I earned my degree in Culinary Arts from the University Of New Hampshire and learned a lot about the do’s and dont’s about cooking. If you really want to get grossed out, one of the classes that I was required to take was called simply “Sanitation” it focused mainly on food-borne illnesses. It certainly woke me up to the dangers of it. Look up Trichonosis and see what that can cause in your body. Mmmmmmmmmm

  • joer

    No doner?!?!

  • Zeke

    We got it, you have an axe to grind about the lack of recognition given to eastern European boxers, got it. Maybe you should have made your list about that instead so you could “accomplish” s0mething with it

  • The list name is “…fast foods you should try”, and you place chips at the top? Who the fuck hasn’t had chips at this stage? Come on man! Lazy compilation.

  • Raul Guevara

    burritos are never called taco de haring in mexico, as a matter of fact, there is no such word as “haring” in the spanish language, tacos are made of corn tortillas or flour tortillas, and burritos are made with a much larger flour tortilla. period.
    also, the flour tortillas are never steamed, that will only make a mess of dough, you have to lay the tortilla on a pan, or “comal” and let it cook , they often inflate , and it always soft.
    and finally, there is no lace in mexico where burritos are meat or beans only, that`s pretty much like saying that hamburguers are only bread and meat, but they are not are they? you can put pickles, bacon, mayo and mustard.

  • Raul Guevara

    naah men, im posting from mexico right now, and everybody knows what a burrito is, while its true that flour tortillas are more used in the northern part of the country, they know them in the other states as well. i agree on the nachos,fajitas and chimichangas thing, they only sound mexican. if there’s a fast food that should be considered netional in mexico, it should ne tacos, and that`s more a verb than a noun. taco its the result of wrapping anything you’re eating in a corn tortilla. and also there is taquerias.

  • @ FactCheck. Thanks for enlightening me on MSG. Someone had told me that it was a coloring enhancement for Asian Food and was almost literally poisonous. But on the show (1000 ways to die) they did comment on his autopsy report that the level of MSG in his body was more than lethal. Just like to much salt can be lethal (and you should see me with a salt shaker, hence the reason I am on 3 different types of High Blood Pressure Medication). I don’t know if you watch the show, but I am willing to bet that you can find it on YOU TUBE. There we’re actually two humorous things about it. First the 500-600 lbs. guy was as rude of a bast**d as you would ever get as he never tipped the waiters / waitresses, pay his bill and then stuff his pockets (so in the back of your mind, you’re kind of glad that he had it coming) with the after dinner mints that you see at the cash register when he paid his bill. And the other funny part was looking at the expressions of the Asian workers in the restaurant. If looks could kill from the Asian workers, the guy would have been dead long before he chowed down his 8-10 plates of food.

  • i can has poutine

    what, no canadian poutine? fries, cheese curds and gravy… I think that pretty much defines fast food. and its disgustingly good.

  • Carra 23

    Which ones have I had:

    BTW – Croissants may now be identified with France – but they are, in reality, an Austrian fast food which was introduced to France by Marie Antoinette. BTW – don’t bother arguing the point – my wife is French and SHE told me the origins.

  • bluebird26

    What?! I lived in Italy for some time, and when I came back to the US I was appalled at the US pizza. American pizza is greasy and gross (kind of like most American-ized foods). Italian pizzas are normally cooked in the right kind of oven with the freshest, non-preservative ingredients. There really is no better pizza than what you’ll find in Italy (specifically, Naples and the South). I was offended when I saw the accompanying picture was of US pizza but gosh the paragraph under the picture was even worse!

  • Ben

    I’m with you on the Pizza – I’ve lived in Italy too and can confirm that it’s far better in South-East France, along by Marseilles and Nice.

  • beehab

    you mean people who have not yet eaten all of these *exist*?

  • heartnet

    Can I just point out that fish and chips here in the UK is not a “chippy”. Rather the shops were you buy them are.

  • andrea

    Burrito’s aren’t Mexican. They are an American/Tex Mex creation. Of all the wonderful Mexican food out there, the burrito?! really?


  • Valentine

    The picture displayed for number 5 resembles a “Pain au Chocolat” rather than a “Croissant”. Not the best choice.
    Otherwise, I like the choice of foods and they are all very delicious. I personally inch towards the Croissant as I am French but I really like Pierogi as well.

  • bleumoonselene

    Awww, I’m starving and I just had to read this list….


  • french girl

    You might wanna change that croissant pic for a real croissant. This is a pain au chocolat. Croissant means crescent and is ONLY used for the crescent shaped pastry.

  • Redhill

    No Fondue?


  • kerry

    I’ve had and love them all! I agree that the best pizza is American or Greek.

  • Lady Sphinx

    Agree those three came up when reading this list there is nothing as pancake with sugar and Cinnamon on a cold winter day. Another thing that is different in south Africa that you can buy any where is Chips and Russians instead of Fish add lots of salt and vinegar and some tomato sauce, a fresh white bread roll and yummy. Another South African take away favorite is Pies with Chips and gravy.

  • What’s your problem? You can’t make a comment without being insulting? What are you, 12?

  • @ Redhill : Fondue was a 1970’s fad that has long died since then. Trust me, I have my college degree in Culinary Arts

    • Mrs Marvel

      Some people try to bring it back occasionally. I remember back in the 70s fighting over who would get the blue fondu fork, the sizzling liquid (oil?) in the pot, the sauces. No way do I want to make that for my family ha ha.

      • @ Mrs. Marvel. You’re absolutely right, I remember the forks having different colors on the end of each one, but I don’t ever recall people fighting for the blue tipped one. Cheese Fondue is actually very easy to make. A little bit time consuming, but none the less a tasty treat. But it did die out in the early 80’s. Kind of like the “Lava Lamps” that we’re also popular at that time

  • kt85

    great list- I want to try some of these foods now. just a quick note, it may just be the way its written but fish and chips is not refered to as “the chippy” the shop that sells the food is.

  • Where did shawarma go?

  • Alex

    Your dumb NO WAY NO WAY burrito is a Mexican fast food it wasn’t even invented in Mexico idiot get your facts right misconceptional sir

  • Jimma

    Adana kebab !!

  • I am originally from the New England part of the United States. I was born in Boston, but I was raised and spent most of my life living in the Capitol City of New Hampshire, (Concord). Obviously, Bread was a staple in my apartment and always was, until I moved out to the Phoenix, Arizona area about 30 miles North of the city. When first living here, I found Mexican Restaurants to be very abundant. Someone suggested that when I make a sandwich not to use bread but make it into a roll using Tortilla Rounds. I tried it and to this day (I have lived out here in Phoenix for 4 1/2 years), I don’t ever remember a time in which I have had a loaf of bread in my apartment here. Tortilla Rounds make all the difference in the world and yes, I LOVE THEM !!

    • Mrs Marvel

      A wrap is just a tortilla with a different name. :-)

  • Tonepoet

    Belgian pommes are the best!!

  • Josie

    Poutine ??

  • Soul

    Pizza should be on #1.

    Replace Souvlaki with Gyros-Pita.

    Sushi should be higher on this list.

    Döner Kebab should have been be included.

  • markymark

    hmm should we also try bread and cereal?
    seriously, who hasn’t tried most of the foods on this list?

  • cristiano007

    Venezuelan Arepa is loved for everyone who comes here. It’s a white corn bread that you eat just cooked and you can choose many different fillings: chicken, meat, cheese, seafood, fish, pork. But the best of all is a filling called “Reina Pepeada” (like Mighty Queen) made of chicken, smashed avocados and onion. Mmmmmmm I need one right now. You can found it in Colombia too.

    • dizit

      YUM! Google recipe search here I come :)

  • Laji

    Sadly no Indian dish Mentioned. I expected at least one Indian dish. Indian dishes are seen by west as highly red peppered or salty. But there are a lot of varieties of foods which the west had not explored in India. Puttu is one food made of only ground rice powder with coconut turnings and steamed, and can be taken with a variety of curries.

    • Marianne

      I must agree! I have an Indian friend whose mum is the best cook ever! My favourites are little pieces of cauliflower wrapped in an Indian batter (I don’t know the name of it though) and fried, she also made them with thin slices of potato : D Sooo tasty!

  • Marianne

    Fish and chips is best on a cold but sunny day, on the coast, made with real cod and not greasy, just crispy! With chunky salty chips : ) Mmm… Though I must debate, Chicken Tikka Masala is probably a much more popular English dish? Some groups want to name it our official national dish (as we do not have one!).

  • Mrs Marvel

    I guess I am too American because most of these don’t sound like “fast food” to me. :-) If it isn’t handed out a window to an idling car, to be eaten from a waxed paper wrapper, I don’t know if it can be considered fast food, ha ha.

    That being said, these all sound delish.

  • Strawberrycheescakedurmum

    Hamburgers don’t actually originate from Hamburg but the city is responsible for the name. The first known meat patties were carried by Mongol tribes across the Asian continent in the 11th century. They would squash the raw meat patties under their saddles to tenderise them whilst riding. It took an invasion but eventually the dish became popular in Russia and renamed steak tartare because Russians called the Mongols “tartars”, mistaking them as coming from the tatar region. In the 1600’s Russia started trading with the German port of Hamburg and the dish caught on in Germany where they started to experiment with things like actually cooking the meat and ingredients like raw horse, spawning such dishes as the Frikadelle, steak tartare (as we know it) and the Hamburg steak (a cooked variation). In the 1800’s, German sailors and immigrants took the Hamburg steak to America. New York’s Delmonico’s restaurant was the first establishment to put the “Hamburger steak” on a menu some time in the 1820’s. It wasn’t until the 1900’s when someone first decided to put bread around it and Americans have been arguing ever since as to who invented it. If you ever get a chance try a Frikadelle. I could run a train on a whole bunch right now.

  • this thread increased my hunger by tenfold.

  • Sunny D

    Just to comment! In Mexico, taco de harina and burrito are two different things, the first one is often smaller and with less fillings than the burrito, just like you described before, but the burrito has soo many stuff that they make a bigger tortilla just for the ingredients not to fall. You should come and taste them here because they’re bigger than they make it in other countries and tastier! I loved this list

  • CHanman

    really?..Spring rolls for china? are you kidding me.. spring rolls are considered Food for foreigners in China, just like all that orange chicken and sweet and sour pork BS they serve at your local Panda Express. travel has the most accurate Chinese fast food listings.

    • Sarah

      Agreed… I also don’t think pierogis or sushi are fast food items. And in France I’d say the best fast food is a street crepe, croissants are not really ‘fast food’ so much as ‘bakery items’. This list makes me sad :(

  • CatChick

    Not that I’m agreeing that the Big Mac from MacDonald’s is the worst burger, it isn’t… it is, no doubt, (one of) the most unhealthy sandwiches on the market today.

    What I laugh at is how everyone “hates” MacDonald’s foods, yet it is the most identifiable restaurant in the world. Has always ranked in the Top 10 in sales (I wrote and then removed “grossing restaurant in the world” for obvious reasons) and has restaurants on every continent but Antarctica.

    But everyone hates them? Sure. Tell me another one.

    I’ll be on the sidelines waiting for the book by Ray Kroc “How I made millions serving the worst burger in the world”.

  • Sebastiane

    I am surprised the Pierogi ended up on the fast food list, as, if you want to make them from scratch, it is VERY labor intensive, far more so than Bigos! On a good day, it has taken me 3 hours just to make a dozen pierogi.

    That said, I have also tried deep fried pierogi, which I have only found in fast food joints (usually kebab stands) in Poland. These are also highly recommended. Think fried ravioli with an Eastern European twist. They are even more phenomenal with sour cream!

  • Hoc Hoai

    Spring rolls are Vietnamese, not Chinese.

  • hungry

    qhat about curry wurst, or doener kebab?

  • banana06

    I’ve eaten everything on this list. All are yummy but my fave is the pizza. I love eating croissants but I hate the process of making the dough from scratch because it takes forever!!!!! Great list, love it!!!!