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Suisse food is bland and not all that great except for the cheeses. At every restaurant, they have basically the same menu.

Many Ex-pats like spicy food like they get back home. The Chinese foreign food here is generally crappy and relatively expensive.
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Old 08.08.2011, 18:09
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Obviously McDonalds and I have eating at Burger King and Hooters.
Hooters in not really like in the US.
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Old 08.08.2011, 18:23
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I am not sure Baar is the buzzing food metropolis and renowned centre for culinary excellence that you think it is.
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Hooters in not really like in the US.
And it is really like it is in America in my imagination!
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What Switzerland really needs is Wimpy and Little Chef.
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Old 08.08.2011, 18:33
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What, to completely finish off their desire for fast food?
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Hurray, can't wait!
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Old 08.08.2011, 19:24
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One of many things that as an American you'll need to relearn...Food is an experience and the Suisse value eating it, so fast food typically equates to poor food - of which you will find precious little...and believe me, it'll be a good thing for you to appreciate the wonder of cuisine en Suisse - it'll change your life
Sorry, but I never knew Switzerland to be well-known for its food. Fondue, perhaps. But Swiss cuisine in general? I don't think so...

Besides, the only three things I can think of that are considered Swiss foods are (perhaps) spaetzli, fondue and roesti -- aka "hashbrowns" in the States. (Sorry no umlaut on my 'puter).

In all due fairness, though... I don't think American food (whatever THAT is) is very highly regarded around the world, either. But I guess it goes to show that you love and miss what you grew up with, no matter what culture you were born into.

I would still love to see more variety offered in the restaurants here, though...
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Old 08.08.2011, 19:35
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But Swiss cuisine in general?
Carrie, in a country as diverse as Switzerland, you can't really generalise about their food. Each language region has its own influences, each canton has its influences and each city or town has its specialities.

Perhaps you should travel around a little and talk to the locals about what they really suggest you try. Sometimes it won't be to your taste and sometimes it will blow you away.

I think the biggest mistake that you could make would be to think that Swiss food is just about fondue, raclette, cheese, wurst and rosti. There is so much wonderful rustic food, sophisticated delicacies and amazing treats to be had around the country it makes me drool just to think about it.

For some starters, try the pastries in Baden, the sweets in Basel, the spirits in Zug and the fish in Innethal. I hope that they can change your mind.

P.S. Please forgive my terrible spelling in this post....I think at least it is not all correct.
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Old 08.08.2011, 19:46
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I think the biggest mistake that you could make would be to think that Swiss food is just about fondue, raclette, cheese, wurst and rosti.
As much as I love all of those, capuns is a family favorite (and I make them well).

Busecca, Polenta, Pizzoccheri, Kalbsleberli, Zuerigeschnetzeltes, Kalbskoepfe (my girlfriend's personal favorite), the list goes on...

And my favorite, Zugerkirschtorte!

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Re: Fast Food and Food Chains in CH

Give me raclette over fast food any day!
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Old 08.08.2011, 19:55
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Give me raclette over fast food any day!
Actually, in recent years we've gotten into grilling meat on top, in addition to the cheese, works really well!

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Actually, in recent years we've gotten into grilling meat on top, in addition to the cheese, works really well!

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Yep! That's the only way I've done it! I have my own grill here in the US and we use it for Christmas dinner (as well as other occasions).
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Re: Fast Food and Food Chains in CH

[QUOTE=colinwheeler;1293211]I am not sure Baar is the buzzing food metropolis and renowned centre for culinary excellence that you think it is.
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Canton Zug has excellent Thai food and Italian food.

The Mexican food bites.

The Indian food is OK.

The benefit of Zug is that you can skip to either Zürich
or Luzern very quickly.
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An excellent Swiss dish - filet mignon aux morilles. Anything with (real) wild mushrooms (season is upon us folks).
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Wagamama is horrible, bland, internationalised "Asian" cuisine charging insane prices for a bowl of noodles. I'm just not used to (American) fast food anymore, everytime I eat at McDo or BK it tastes pretty greasy and bad to me. I tend to forget this though the next time I'm drunk and hungry. I like the Indian Thai take-aways around Langstrasse more.
Wagamama isn't bland - it's some of the most overly salted food I've ever tasted! Real Chinese food is pretty bland, especially when compared to it's neighbours. And what is Indian Thai? The only dish I can think of is Massaman Curry but I don't think that's what you mean. And what do takeaways in Langstrasse have to do with global fast food chains which is the topic of this thread?
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Old 09.08.2011, 00:52
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Canton Zug has excellent Thai food and Italian food.
Yes, there is also at least one seriously amazing french restaurant.

My point was more about the fact that there are some amazing local things to eat as well if you just make the effort to explore the small places and ask around.

Have you tried the fish restaurant in Walchwil, which I believe was an one point world famous?
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Wagamama isn't bland - it's some of the most overly salted food I've ever tasted! Real Chinese food is pretty bland, especially when compared to it's neighbours.
Bland=lack of taste, some noodles may be salty though, ours weren't, just really tasteless and not spicy at all. (should have been according to their menu.
And I think what you mean is Guangdong and Shandong food, China is pretty big and has a very diverse, really non-bland cuisine in many parts.

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And what is Indian, Thai? The only dish I can think of is Massaman Curry but I don't think that's what you mean.
comma. Thai and Indian takeaways are as fast food as McDo and BK but much tastier/healther, hence the relevance to this thread.
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spaetzli,
German.

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fondue

French.
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german.




French.
swiss!
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Re: Fast Food and Food Chains in CH

I think a burrito to-go chain (like Freebird's in TX or even Chipotle) would kill it here.

My experience is that you can get decent take-away Indian, pretty good take-away Thai, very average kebaps, sausages, and that is the extent of your options. Oh, except for the really good Lebanese joint on the edge of Kreis 4 near the train station, which is actually great. Of course all of it is kind of insanely expensive for what you get, but this is CH and everything is more or less insanely expensive.

It would be nice to be able to get some decent Mexican somewhere, no doubt. Probably not going to happen.
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