These guys know how to do their burgers!
The past few years, Manila has experienced a roller coaster of big international franchises from all over the world. A number of restaurants and milk tea chains came from Asia, particularly Japan and Taiwan, and more than a handful from the US.
Update: Check out the Top 10 Most Loved Restaurants in Metro Manila this month!
International franchises have been shaking up Metro Manila the past year. Shake Shack and Popeye’s are finally here, In-N-Out just had a pop-up, and Japan’s MOS Burgers is also on its way, but the one burger joint we still pine for remains to be Five Guys.
Founder: Janie and Jerry Murrell
First location: Arlington County, Virginia
Signature item: Burgers and fries
Founded by husband and wife, Jerry and Janie Murrell, the original five guys referred to Jerry and their 4 sons. The Five Guys menu offers all-American burgers, fries, hotdogs, sandwiches, and milkshakes.
They even offer 15 FREE toppings: ketchup, mustard, relish, mayo, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, onions, jalapeño peppers, green peppers, Bar-B-Que sauce, hot sauce, A1 sauce
Serving hand-formed burgers cooked to perfection, only the best fries belong beside them: fresh-cut fries cooked in pure peanut oil. They not only stack the fries up for every customer: they fill up your cup, and then dump some more.
As if all this goodness wasn’t enough, but Five Guys is also known for their free and UNLIMITED self-service peanuts while waiting for your order!
One of the thickest burger patties to exist in the fast food industry, what’s more to love? So Metro Manila, what are you waiting for? Bring the Five Guys over!
Here are the rest of America’s most popular food chains on our wishlist!
Founded: Oct. 22, 1948
Founder: Harry & Esther Snyder
First location: Baldwin Park, L.A., California
Signature items: Animal Style Double Double Burger and Animal Fries
In-N-Out is best known for its straight up burgers that come in 3 varieties: Hamburger, Cheeseburger and Double Double (2 burgers + 2 cheese slices pan). Each burger consists of fresh buns, patty, lettuce, tomato, with or without onions (fresh or grilled), and the spread (sauce). They also offer a secret menu that includes 4×4 burgers, Grilled Cheese sandwiches, animal style fries. In-N-Out has done 4 pop-ups in Manila since 2013 as part of their world tour.
In-N-Out had a one-day pop-up in Metro Manila and it was WILD!
Founder: David Overton
First location: Beverly Hills, California
Signature items: Original Cheesecake
Although the first Cheesecake Factory wasn’t opened until 1978, its history dates back to the 1940’s with David’s mother, Evelyn Overton. A newspaper recipe inspired Evelyn to create what is now the shop’s signature original cheesecake. From being a wholesaler to bakeries and restaurants around Detroit, Michigan, the family moved to Los Angeles in an attempt to really establishing their own business. Today, it has over 30 varieties of cheesecakes, snacks, menu specials, specialty desserts and more.
Founder: S. Truett Cathy
First location: Atlanta, Georgia
Signature item: Chicken Sandwich
Chick-fil-A (pronounced as chick fillet) is a quick service chicken restaurant with 1,850 branches across the US, mostly in the southeastern area. After finding a pressure fryer that could cook chicken sandwich the same time as a fast food burger in 1961, Cathy decided to trademark ‘Chick-fil-A’, developed the recipe, and the rest was history.
Founded: July 13, 1993
Founder: Steve Ells
First location: Denver, Colorado
Signature item: Burritos and tacos
Chipotle (literally refers to a smoked or dried jalapeno chili pepper) is a fast casual Mexican chain that focuses on Food with Integrity, which highlights its efforts in using naturally-grown ingredients, and serves more naturally raised meat than any other restaurant chain.
Founder: Andrew & Peggy Cherng
First location: Glendale, California
Signature item: Orange chicken
Panda Express is an American-Chinese fast food chain that serves generous plates of mostly Asian entrees, side dishes, and desserts. Customers can enjoy filling their own plates with chicken, beef, shrimp and vegetable entrees, rice, noodles and appetizers. In 2014, Panda Innovation Kitchen was opened in Pasadena, California to experiment with new flavours and ingredients to come up with new menu items. As of today, Panda Express has over 1,500 restaurants across the US, Canada, Korea, UAE, and South America.
In Case You Missed It: Jollibee is bringing Panda Express to the Philippines!
Founder: Adam Fleischman
First location: Los Angeles, California
Signature item: Umami burger, Truffle burger, Ahi Tuna burger
Relatively new and smaller compared to the big burger guys, Umami Burger is a casual restaurant that serves bold and flavorful non-traditional burgers, made with beef patties that are ground in house and served medium rare. Fun fact: Umami is considered the 5th taste, next to sweet, salty, sour and bitter.
Founder: Joe Rogers, Sr. and Tom Forkner
First location: Avondale Estates, Georgia
Signature items: Alice’s Iced Tea, Bert’s Chili, Waffle House Coffee
Waffle House is a 24-hour roadside cafe that thrives by combining excellent table service with speedy delivery. It has over 2,000 locations in the US, most of it located in the South, and has become a cultural icon in offering all-time breakfast favorites, steaks, sandwiches, burgers and more. Fun fact: Owner Tom Forkner suggested the name Waffle House because waffles were the most profitable item on their menu.
What’s your favorite American fast food chain? Are they on this list?
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