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

Literally everything. There's a reason the Middle East is the fattest region in the world. It's because they eat a ton of junk and fast food. McDonalds, Burger King, Subway, KFC, FatBurger, Shake Shack, Elevation Burger, Which Wich, TGI Fridays, Applebees, Chilis, Cheesecake Factory, Texas Roadhouse, Uno's, Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Papa Johns, Buffalos, CA Tortilla, Red Lobster, PF Changs, Nandos....and that's just off the top of my head. And almost all of them deliver. Seriously.

Having said that, there is also a ton of really, really good food here. Places like Turkey Central, Thai Snack, MRA, Cavaran Bukhara, Al Adhamiyah, Shiraz Garden, Bandar Aden, Al Sultan, Yellow Cab and more are fantastic. If anyone tells you they don't like the food here, it's because they didn't try hard enough. - May 2017


Everything. Pizza, burgers, Mexican, Indian, Thai, you name it, you can get it here. The only exception is good greasy-spoon Chinese. Why, oh why, has that still eluded Qatar?! - May 2017


all types of fast food. prices are high. comparable to London. - May 2015


Food is pretty mediocre here, there are only a handful of really good restaurants. All food is very expensive. There are the usual fast food chains, plus some European and Arab chains as well. - Feb 2015


All the major fast food places are here but we prefer the excellent Indian and Middle Eastern options which are inexpensive and delicious. - Apr 2012


All the nastiest of the nasty American giant chains are here, and they all deliver. Cost is comparable to that of the States. There are some good Arab restaurants, and some good Indian ones too. - Mar 2012


All the fast food/corporate food you could want - from Applebees to Burger King to Nando's. Restaurants run the gamut in price, but you can find some good deals, particularly for middle eastern/indian foods. Eating out is a major pastime for locals and expats alike. Expect to put on some weight. - Mar 2012


Holy cow! EVERY fast food restaurant is here. And most deliver. You know you're not in too exotic a place when you can find Krispy Kreme. The Middle Eastern restaurants are fantastic and cheap. You can feast on grilled lamb chops, hummous, etc. for a song. Western-style restaurants are pricier, and the hotel restaurants that serve alcohol are the priciest. You will find yourself doing a lot of cooking at home -- we put our BBQ grill to use all the time. - Jan 2012


All of them (KFC, Pizza Hut, McD's, Hardee's, Pinkberry, Applebeess and MANY MANY more.) Turkish Restaurants provide cheaper option. - Jun 2011


Every nasty american fast food chain is there, Hardees, McDonald's, Burger King, Subway, Dunkin' Donuts, Coffee Bean, Chili's, Applebees, Bennigan's, Fuddrucker's, etc. There are also a few cheap places to eat that are good. But other then that, prepare to eat out at hotels and prepare to spend alot of money. - Oct 2010


It's astonishing that they have imported the very bottom of the American diner style food establishments. TGIFridays, Chilis, Applebees. Hardees, Burger King, Arbys. Krispy Kream Donuts. One bright spot in all this dreck is Johnny Rockets.but why would you eat in any of these places when there is so much great regional food? Middle Eastern food is fabulous and cheap. And the huge working class from India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Pakistan, and other places guarantees that you'll find restaurants that cater to these folks. They are usually pretty darn good. - Sep 2008


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