This Filipino fast-food joint, often dubbed the McDonald’s of the Philippines, is perhaps most famous for its hand-breaded fried chicken. But don’t sleep on Jollibee’s colorful take on halo-halo, a traditional Pinoy dessert that means “mix-mix” in Tagalog and offers up a hodgepodge of flavors in one plastic cup. Cold fruits, jellies, sweet beans, and coconut meat are layered with shaved ice, topped with creamy Caramel Flan, and a heaping scoop of Ube Ice Cream. Like the name suggests, you’re supposed to mix the various ingredients for a symphony of textures and tastes that are absolutely delicious together.
Jollibee’s all-over-the-place menu—burgers, noodles, chicken strips, steak—might confuse a novice, but this beloved chain (often called the Filipino McDonald’s) offers a sense of childhood nostalgia for Filipinos abroad, along with tasty Filipino-enhanced fast food like beef patties made with soy sauce and garlic, or French fries served with banana ketchup. The Chickenjoy and Spaghetti combo is wildly popular; just know that Filipino-style spaghetti is sweeter than the Italian-American version you might be used to. Other must-tries include the pancit palabok (savory noodles dressed in pork cracklings and garlic sauce), Aloha burger served with a pineapple ring, and halo-halo: a glorious shaved ice treat with ube ice cream, condensed milk, flan, and fruit.
How to order: Pickup or delivery via DoorDash