Connect with it the McDonald’s of the Philippines. 

Get in touch with it a social media sensation.

Contact it a fanatical foodstuff obsession.

Or simply call it a badge of honor.

Jollibee, the multinational Filipino quickly-foodstuff chain with 1,300 retailers worldwide, is rapidly staking out more territory in North Jersey, a lot to the delight — and pride — of local fans, lots of of whom hail from the Philippines (or their moms and dads do).

The import just lately additional a second location in Jersey City — this a person at the Hudson Commons the other is by Journal Square — and is slated to have one more outpost inside the American Dream Shopping mall in East Rutherford. Its 1st Garden Condition branch is in Edison. Its generate-thru often receives bumper-to-bumper website traffic.

Jollibee fan Carl Caparros's eats from the fast-food chain

Jollibee’s other Back garden State locations do not lack for customers, both. They are frequently packed, usually with Philippine immigrants and their American-born progeny, hungry for a taste of residence and what several declare is the juiciest, crispiest, greatest fried rooster this aspect of Manila. 

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Carl Caparros is amid them. Caparros, who grew up in the Philippines, is these a Jollibee lover that when he looked for an condominium in Jersey Metropolis, he created sure it was situated around a branch. He identified an apartment, he claimed, ideal guiding the Jollibee on Danforth Avenue, right by the Bayonne border. That spot has considering the fact that closed and now Caparros, who currently lives in Woodland Park and Somerset, are not able to hold out for Jollibee to open in the American Aspiration Mall.

A Filipino multinational chain of fast food restaurant, Jollibee, are opening up restaurants across New Jersey. This one recently opened on Route 440 in Jersey City, N.J. on Tuesday Aug. 17, 2021.

“It’s a big deal to me that a Filipino restaurant is opening there,” he said “It’s a pride thing. As a Filipino American, I’m happy that they are able to introduce Filipino foodstuff to the American public.”

It can be also the food on which he grew up. 

“When you reside in the Philippines, it truly is exactly where you go after church or when you did properly in school,” he stated. “It’s a address.”

What provides him there time and time again these days (He was in one particular of the JC locations twice very last week)?

Jollibee's spaghetti

The chicken, of system.

“It is really amazing,” he explained.

And the halo halo dessert, a vivid purple treat made with purple yam ice cream well-cherished in the Philippines. And, the sweet-tasting Filipino spaghetti loaded with banana ketchup.

“Banana ketchup is just one of our condiments,” reported Mel Ibarra, a Filipino video clip producer for njdotcom who lives in Springfield and who requires her son to Jollibee in Jersey Town right after he performs basketball close by. “He loves the rooster,” she mentioned.

So does she.

“Oh my God,” she exclaimed. “It is really so excellent.”