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What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

Everything can be delivered if you have WeChat. Think of living in NYC but bigger. - Oct 24, 2017
Tons, endless options, ranging from 50 cents for a full meal to extravagant higher-than-the-west prices at luxury restaurants. - Dec 3, 2015
Yes. Pizza, McDonald's, etc. can all be found in addition to low and high end Chinese food. Price range is about the same as the States. - Apr 12, 2015
All kinds of American fast food, and also many international restaurants of all kinds. The authentic Chinese food is extremely greasy, spicy and salty for my taste. Funny to say but in comparison, McDonald's food seems less hazardous to your health. - Aug 17, 2014
Most Western fast food places are well-represented. There are Starbucks and McDonalds everywhere. Within a half mile of my house, we have a Mrs. Fields cookies, a Domino's pizza, Subway, Burger King, McDonalds, KFC, Baskin Robbins and a Papa John's pizza. Chinese food is typically quite inexpensive. You can get giant tubs of tasty stir-fried noodles for about $1 on the street near the house. Western food can be expensive. I like to eat at Elements Fresh and a lunch of salads, smoothies and sandwiches there for my family of 5 can easily cost $60-70. - Jul 18, 2014
Everything from cheap as chips noodles to fancy European-style restaurants (with European prices.) - Jun 19, 2013
Some American fast food is present (McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, and others) -- and they have delivery service. Prices are comparable to the U.S. Most “decent” restaurants are foreign, though there’s a good Taiwanese restaurant near the U.S. Embassy, a good Shanghai dumpling restaurant, and lots of Peking duck places (but none of the above are cheap). Cheap dumplings and steamed buns can be found, and “jianbing” (a crêpe with egg and spices) from street vendors should not be missed. - Aug 27, 2011
Food is cheap in China but it isn't very good quality. Very greasy but you can eat from street vendors and get fat on just a couple bucks a day. You can also blow your entire paycheck on some place fancy if you want as well. - Apr 7, 2011
American chains McDonald's, Burger King, Fatburger, KFC and DQ are all here. Except for McDonald's and KFC, they all cost $1 to $2 more than the same thing would cost in the US. KFC is cheap but has a very different menu than the US. McDonald's has a localized menu as well, but they have many American favorites (the Big Mac) and things cost $1-$2 less at McDonald's here vs. the US.There are plenty of other great restaurants as well - Chinese people love to eat out and this being the capital, you can sample any type of Chinese cuisine from anywhere in the country. You could eat at a different restaurant every meal every day for 3 years and maybe sample 10% of the restaurants in Beijing. Chinese food is cheap, you can go with 10 people to dinner and the bill comes to maybe $3 each with drinks. - Jan 18, 2011
Starbucks: $4.50 for a grande mocha (oops, just gave away my not-so-secret addiction). McDonald's, KFC, Subway - even a Fat Burger. But I still prefer the many Chinese food options, many of which are dirt cheap and delicious. - Apr 29, 2010
Plenty of fast food, American and local. There are some decent restaurants in different price ranges. - Jan 26, 2010