I was in Southern California over the weekend and a group of friends recommended Jolibee. It was a place I had heard of but never been. I thought they were specific restaurants to the Philipines. As it turns out they now have several locations in the United States. Here's a glimpse into my first experience as well as where you can find one in Washington state!

Jolibee is a fried chicken restaurant much like a KFC or Popeye's but when its own twist. The chicken that they call Chickenjoy isn't as breaded and has what they claim is a secret marinade to keep it flavorful and juicy. You can order it regular or spicy.

Sides include standards like mashed potatoes and gravy but also have rice and adobo rice which is basically fried rice. It was great.

They also have other items on the menu including spaghetti which has a very sweet style of sauce. I tried a bite. It wasn't bad but I'm here for the chicken. Chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, cheeseburgers are also on the menu.

I ordered a 3-piece spicy w/ adobo rice and a fried banana and jackfruit pie. The staple is a mango and peach pie but wanted to give the other a shot. It stated more like jackfruit than banana (was hoping for the other way around) but it was still tasty. My meal also included a cup of just the gravy for dipping my chicken in. Interesting.

All in all, it was very good and would fully love to see a Jolibee in Yakima. As it turns out they do have a location in Washington state but it's in Tukwila at the Southgate mall. Still, next time I'm in the area I may have to swing by again.

LOOK: Food history from the year you were born

From product innovations to major recalls, Stacker researched what happened in food history every year since 1921, according to news and government sources.
 

LOOK: Best Beers From Every State

To find the best beer in each state and Washington D.C., Stacker analyzed January 2020 data from BeerAdvocate, a website that gathers user scores for beer in real-time. BeerAdvocate makes its determinations by compiling consumer ratings for all 50 states and Washington D.C. and applying a weighted rank to each. The weighted rank pulls the beer toward the list's average based on the number of ratings it has and aims to allow lesser-known beers to increase in rank. Only beers with at least 10 rankings to be considered; we took it a step further to only include beers with at least 100 user rankings in our gallery. Keep reading to find out what the best beer is in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C.

See How School Cafeteria Meals Have Changed Over the Past 100 Years

Using government and news reports, Stacker has traced the history of cafeteria meals from their inception to the present day, with data from news and government reports. Read on to see how various legal acts, food trends, and budget cuts have changed what kids are getting on their trays.

50 Most Popular Chain Restaurants in America

YouGov investigated the most popular dining brands in the country, and Stacker compiled the list to give readers context on the findings. Read on to look through America's vast and divergent variety of restaurants—maybe you'll even find a favorite or two.

LOOK: 40 Discontinued & Special Edition Kellogg's Cereals

LOOK: 15 Discontinued McDonald's Menu Items

What Are the Signature Drinks From Every State?

LOOK: Here are copycat recipes from 20 of the most popular fast food restaurants in America

LOOK: 34 spooky dessert recipes for this Halloween

SWEET: Here are the most popular Halloween candies

CHECK IT OUT: See the 100 most popular brands in America

KEEP READING: Here are 6 foods from your cookout that could harm your dog

KEEP READING: 3-ingredient recipes you can make right now

Gallery — Every Movie Theater Candy, Ranked: