"American" restaurants abroad. Not fast food, international chains, or tourist traps for vacationing Yanks, but good faith attempts to recreate US cuisine for a non-US clientele.
- •Thunder Road Cafe (Dublin, Ireland)@caffrin and I visited this one in the late 90s, and apparently they are still going strong as "Dublin's coolest theme restaurant." [EMOTICON TK] IIRC, the space is decorated with motorcycles, a mural of the American southwest, posters for James Dean movies, etc. When we ordered a snack of chips and salsa, the waiter asked "would you like fries with that?"
- •Gringo Cafe (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)Run by American expats, this is a pleasant cafe in Ipanema that does great American-style breakfast food, plus club sandwiches, salads, meatloaf and so forth. Try the buffalo wings, though, in a tangy orange sauce with about half the spiciness of an average Dorito. Supposedly this is a concession to the Brazilian palate, which tends to run towards salt and away from heat.
- •The Brooklyn Parlor (Tokyo, Japan)Top notch mimicry. This restaurant/coffee shop/bookstore boasts Instagram-ready craft cocktails, lattes, avocado burgers, big salads and more. Save for the slightly on-the-nose map of the NY subway on the wall, you could airlift this place to Park Slope and few would be the wiser.
- •Barrock (Bratislava, Slovakia)I've only seen this one online. Looks kinda like a British pub, plays rock music, supposedly serves some Mexican food, sounds American to me.