Jollibee

By Candace Nelson - 10:00 AM

Jollibee

Jollibee
is, I think, the best fast food restaurant.

Jollibee

It is a Filipino restaurant that has locations sprinkled throughout the United States, and I was excited to learn of a location nearby in Arizona when I was visiting my friends Kaitee and Josh.

Jollibee

Let's start with easily the most adorable mascot: this little jolly bee - get it? This little buddy is so cute; it has its own dance illustrated on the walls. 

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So, the interior is like any other fast food set-up. You order at the counter, await your number and pick up your food. Then, you can pick a booth or table to enjoy it. 

Jollibee

The food ranges from fried chicken buckets to burgers to spaghetti to palabok fiesta, which is a traditional Filipino noodle dish covered in garlic sauce, sauteed pork, shrimp and egg.

Jollibee

"Among the establishment's best sellers are the Yumburger,[17] the house hamburger first introduced during their early days of operation; the Chickenjoy,[18] a fried chicken meal introduced in the 1980s which comes in both regular and spicy versions; and Jolly Spaghetti, a Filipino sweet-style interpretation of spaghetti, which is being advertised as "the meatiest, cheesiest spaghetti". (The Jolly Spaghetti resembles that of Italian spaghetti, with its blanket of ragù, but under the ground beef are pieces of hot dog and ham.)[15]

Jollibee

Let's start with that Yumburger - it's a fairly small burger with their signature dressing and cheese on a fresh bun. That special sauce is kinda like a mayo/ketchup combo that gives it a creamy, sweet kick. It was tasty and just whet my appetite. Because there's more coming.

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The spaghetti! It was sweet! It had hot dogs! It reminds me of something I would have made growing up - all the standard ingredients in an Appalachian household. I like this better than 90% of other spaghettis I've ever had. Typically I prefer a different noodle for a pasta dish. This was great and fun and tasty, and I love that it's from a fast food restaurant.

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Finally, the palabok fiesta. While it may not photograph the best, it wasn't wanting for flavor. It had just a couple tiny shrimp, slices of hardboiled egg and a chunky sauce that had a little tang, a little sweet and a little bit of heat. It was such a nice, flavorful dish for a fast food restaurant. 

Jollibee

At this point, I was beyond stuffed. But Kaitee got an ube pie that I needed to take a small bite of. Think McDonald's apple pies - but ube! Ube is a purple yam that's sweet and made sweeter when it's in pie. Not to mention, it's bright purple. Delish and fun.

Jollibee

My takeaway: If you are near a Jollibee - go! I don't grade fast food chains. But, I think my endorsement speaks for itself.

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