Chain restaurants often get a bad reputation—think McDonald's, Burger King, and Applebee's. But venture outside the United States, and you'll find a number of surprisingly good chain restaurants that, well, actually serve food. Good food. Here are our favorites:
- Autogrills, on the Autostrada, is an Italian rest stop that puts American versions to shame with its superb menu (lasagne alla ligure, mozzarella di bufala, and chocolates sourced from some of the country's top producers) and a sleek design that features a skybridge overlooking speeding Fiats and Ferraris below.
- Most chains don't resemble a Restoration Hardware showroom—except for Aubaine, which is found throughout London. But beyond the washed-oak tables, plank floors, and soft lighting is its solid French-inspired fare: fried duck egg, roast monkfish, moules marinière with a side of frites, bien sûr.
- Sydneysiders—and our associate web editor Krisanne Fordham—swear by the Portuguese-inspired Oporto and its marinated rotisserie chicken. Also worth it: the Otropo Burger, grilled chicken topped with pineapple, bacon, cheese, and Oporto's special creamy mayo sauce (might not sound appetizing, but it'll blow your mind).
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