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America may have popularized fast food, but plenty of other countries are doing their best to perfect it. There are some intriguing concepts in Europe that I would love to see here, such as:

Byron (UK) – The founder’s inspiration came from the four years he spent eating burgers in Providence, RI. This British chain has also helped to provide over 750,000 school meals to children living in some of the poorest parts of the world.

Poppie’s Fish & Chips (UK) – Traditional fried cod or haddock fillets, plus a plethora of other seafood and side items.

West Cornwall Pasty Co. (UK) – Pasties (not the stripper accessories) are like really good Hot Pockets.

Ditsch (Germany) – This bakery chain makes pretzels and sandwiches on “pretzeled” bread rolls.

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Nordsee (Germany) – The fried fish and seafood emporium also sells more sushi than anyone else in Germany.

Supermac’s (Ireland) – Think McDonald’s, only better. They only use certified Irish beef and make delicious hand-cut fries with a variety of toppings.

Max (Sweden) – A burger joint free of trans-fats, GMOs, antibiotics, and growth hormones? They’re also the first fast food chain in the world to produce climate positive burgers. That basically means they plant a lot of trees. Good people.

Febo (Netherlands) – If you know what a Horn & Hardart Automat was in the U.S., then you’ll understand this concept. If not, you can see how it works toward the end of this video:

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