I know what you’re thinking: I want to eat locally!

When I say ‘chain restaurants’, I’m not talking about the endless string of American chains that have taken over other parts of the world. I’m talking about local chains that serve local food you’ll only find in that country (or perhaps a small number of nearby countries). It’s certainly nice to try out some of those items McDonald’s only offers in a few countries around the world, but the goal here is to eat locally.

While there are always exceptions, chain restaurants primarily serve locals, are competitively priced, have a consistent quality, feature plenty of local food to try, and often have English menus — the perfect sort of place to begin enjoying local foods without thinking too hard about it.

In alphabetical order by country…

Barbados – Chefette

The chain restaurants to try out while traveling in 20 countries - Food - chain restaurants

The chain restaurants to try out while traveling in 20 countries - Food - chain restaurants
Official website: https://www.chefette.com/
Written by Carole Terwilliger Meyers of Travels with Carole

Chefette is the largest fast-food restaurant chain in Barbados, currently with 14 locations spread around the island. Locals love it for its broasted chicken (a kind of fried chicken) and curried roti wraps, but pizza by the slice and sandwiches are also on the menu. And an ice cream counter provides relief from the heat. I learned to recognize the bright yellow-and-purple signs and to appreciate the chain also for its air conditioning and clean restrooms, for which it is as reliable as McDonald’s. It also has special meals and play areas for children. The branch depicted is on Heroes Square in Bridgetown.

Canada – Swiss Chalet

The chain restaurants to try out while traveling in 20 countries - Food - chain restaurants

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