Jollibee Brings Back Staple Dishes in San Francisco Amid Pandemic

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San Francisco residents will once again be able to taste Jollibee’s Filipino fried chicken, sweet spaghetti with cut hot dogs, and buttery peach-mango hand pies as the fast-food restaurant plans to bring back some of its staple dishes.

There are approximately 1,300 Jollibee branches worldwide, more than 40 of which are found in the United States. The fast-food company announced via a sign that it is opening a branch in a previous downtown Payless at 924 Market St. However, Jollibee officials did not reveal specific information on when the branch would begin operations.

Famous Fast-Food Dishes

Jollibee is also known as the Filipino McDonald’s, providing its customers with delicious comfort foods, including crispy, salty-sweet-sour friend chicken, that bring large crowds of people waiting in line.

The fast-food giant also serves palabok, which is a famous Filipino dish with thick noodles swimming in garlic-shrimp sauce with crushed pork rinds. It will also bring back favorite dishes such as tocino with garlic rice and an egg, as well as staple desserts, including halo-halo, a mixture of several ingredients topped with crushed ice and layered with ice cream and flan.

In California, the first Jollibee branch opened its doors to customers in Daly City in 1998. Branches also opened in South San Francisco and Hayward. In 2011, one of the fast-food restaurant stores in San Francisco near Moscone Center closed down, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Despite the pandemic, Jollibee has been able to continuously expand its reach, opening several stores in Texas. The fast-food giant has also started serving residents in California’s Kern County, which has recently opened.

Danielle Joyce Ong

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