The famous red bee from the Philippines has landed in Dallas proper to serve the Filipino-style fried chicken according to a Culture Map article from January 15 which reports,
“A Filipino fast-food chain known for its crispy fried chicken is bringing that chicken to Dallas: Jollibee, which first made its North Texas debut in 2020, will open its first location in Dallas at 4703 Greenville Ave., a space previously occupied by a Jack in the Box.
Jollibee is the largest fast food chain brand in the Philippines. They take a homey approach to their fried chicken, serving it with steamed rice and a side of gravy. You can buy it as a meal; with choice of sides such as mashed potatoes or corn; or in a bucket that has a red, KFC-like exterior.
The chain has more than 5,800 locations in 33 countries around the world including the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Macau, Brunei, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Italy, Canada, and the United Kingdom.”
Upon opening of the fast food chain, many were quick to go and try out the Filipino menu and one of them was Felicia Lopez from the Dallas Observer who shared the menu in an article from January 31. In it she says,
“The fried chicken comes as legs and thighs in either original or spicy. If you prefer white meat, chicken tenders are also available. The highlight here is the crispy chicken skin, which maintains its crunch even the next day, and the brown gravy. Order this by the bucket (six or 10 pieces) or go super Filipino and get it with a side of white rice and ketchup.
This is basically a hamburger, but it is probably one of the best items on the menu and deserving of its name. The Yumburger is made with a beef patty, a soft bun and their signature mayochup. “The burger is simple. It kind of gives White Castle vibes, but is so much better,” says Sam Estacio of Celina. Dress it up with cheese, an extra patty, or go aloha style with pineapple and bacon.
This is probably the restaurant’s most divisive dish. The Jolly Spaghetti differs from traditional spaghetti in that it comes with a sweet banana ketchup-based tomato sauce, sliced hot dogs and shredded yellow cheese. Don’t knock it until you try it; the late Anthony Bourdain once described it as “deranged, yet strangely alluring.” An Italian coworker said it was pure blasphemy, but that still won’t stop me from eating this dish — it’s delicious.
This is Jollibee’s version of a Hawaiian loco moco, sans an egg. The dish consists of two burger patties covered in brown gravy and mushrooms and your choice of white rice or adobo rice (we recommend trying the latter).
This is the one traditional Filipino dish on the menu. Thin rice noodles are topped with a garlic sauce, shrimp, pork, a sliced hard-boiled egg, green onions and crispy chicharron (pork rinds). This is a dish commonly served at parties, hence the “fiesta noodles” moniker. Be sure to ask for a lemon wedge as it works well with the savory flavor.
Aside from these featured dishes, there is also the Jollibee burger steak and the peach mango pies that are also Filipino favorites.