Jollibee Opens in Anaheim Today

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Edwin Goei

Oh Joy! Chickenjoy, to be exact. Jollibee's first outlet in Orange County opened today at 7 a.m. in the space that previously held Chris & Pitts BBQ in Anaheim at the corner of Euclid & Crescent.

I got the tip off from astute reader JB, who got wind of it from a Pinoy blogger and newly minted Jollibee employee Vernon Rodriguez who wrote about it on his blog FluppyBunny. Yesterday, I paid a visit and confirmed with them that today's the day. I took a couple of snapshots and grabbed a menu, which I've scanned for your convenience.
 
Have you no idea what Jollibee is? READ HERE for a primer I wrote on this Filipino fast food giant that bested McDonald's and KFC in the Philippines. 

Truth be told, even as we welcome the first and, so far, the only Jollibee in Orange County, the Cerritos branch of Jollibee was never too far away and has been quietly serving the public for years. 

I ate there the other night, actually.

But Gustavo and I couldn't be more ecstatic that with the arrival of the red-tuxed Jollibee (and adjoining Red Ribbon Bakery with their divine Mango Chiffon Cakes) this little part of Anaheim just became just a little more Pinoy. The wonderful Kapit Bahay now has some company.  

Jollibee, however, isn't trying to cater to just Filipinos. I noticed that their pancit palabok, a uniquely Pinoy dish of rice noodles with a pork-based sauce that was previously called Fiesta Palabok in years past, has now been dubbed Fiesta Noodles, which goes to show how much Jollibee is desperate to be less foreign to potential American customers...as if they're weren't already serving fast food burgers and fried chicken (which, by the way, ahem, isn't indigenous to the Philippines).

If your kids are keen on meeting the Jollibee character, he will make an appearance on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at noon, 4 and 6 p.m. Today there will be giveaways, and yes, lots of Chickenjoy to eat.

Jollibee, 601 N. Euclid St., Suite A., Anaheim, CA 92801, (714) 635-0256


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Edwin Goei
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mitch young
mitch young

I haven't seen that much Salisbury steak on a menu since the early episodes of South Park.

Having lived in the PI, I can't see much that I would call actually Filipino (no adobong manok, no kari-kari, no pancit lug lug. No fresh or fried lumpia, no kalamansi).  So what's the point? Seems merely the replacement of an American food place (Chris and Pitts) with a fake American place.

Guest
Guest

Can't wait to take my American of Mexican descent ass down there - TODAY - to put the smash down on their bomb-assed Palabok and have a Banana Langka pie for dessert.  I see a few whiners posting here who should just save their breath for something else.

Like anything else, you either like it or you don't.  I love it.  If you don't, nobody's putting a gun to your head and forcing you to eat it. 

Loved Jollibee even more the 3 times I have been to the Philippines.  Even more stuff on the menu.  The missus is from Baguio City and loves the Red Ribbon Bake Shop so it's a win-win.  Anyhow, I need to get ready to head down to Crescent & Euclid.

I see that Gustavo and probably quite a few more Mex-Ams have beat me to it.  Haha.

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

I NEED A JOLLIBEE STATUE!!!

Guest
Guest

Hey Gustavo, I noticed you mentioned the hot dogs and spaghetti somewhere before.  But have you tried the Palabok?  Man, that is the shiznitz!  I still need to stir it up properly though, but the wife is always with me there and with her being Pinay she does it for me.

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

This is the worst looking stuff I have ever seen in OC Weekly.!...Jollibee.....Get a real advertising company! ..But then Euclid St. has never been a winner..........

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

As much as it pains me to say it and break ranks with Gustavo and Edwin, and as much trouble as it's going to land me in with the Fil-Am food community, I agree with you.

I've eaten at Jollibee, and I can't stand it. Every sauce seems to contain so much sugar I'm worried it's going to supersaturate and precipitate out. The Chickenjoy isn't as good as Popeye's fried chicken, and I can get far better pancit palabok just as quickly at any turo-turo place in OC.

I'm happy Jollibee is open for those who crave it, but for me, ecccccch.

You're dead wrong about Euclid, though. From Ball to La Palma has some great stuff. Kalguksu, halal pizza, Romanian food, dim sum, the best pasteis de nata in the county, Peruvian, and until recently great Sri Lankan.

JB
JB

I should also add that I have no expectations that Jollibee will be the next Marche Moderne or TK Burger, but I think it's great that the estimable Filipino culture gets to showcase a successful fast food enterprise of its own.  The Viets may hog the spotlight, but hey, they don't have any fast food chains with the depth and breadth of Jollibee.  Lee's Sandwiches will never be Jollibee, even with those Western croissant sandwiches and Delimanjoo cakes. 

Jollibee and Manny Pacquaio are showing the world that the Philippines is more than just some backwater, corrupt entity -- like the nation it emulates, America. 

And Mr. Ubergeek, I'm betting those Peach Mango Pies are going to be awesome!!

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

What do you know about Euclid? Just up the street is the La Palma Chicken Pie Shop, Win Thai, Chicken and Pizza Love Letter, Dunarea AND a birreria place. PLEASE do not opine on stuff you know nothing about.

JB
JB

$1.99 for one Peach Mango Pie??  Is that in pesos??

And I don't see any chopped frankfurter in the spaghetti!! 

JB
JB

Thank you for the credit, I'm usually callled other words that begin with "as-" by some people in the blogosphere.....

Vernon Rodriguez
Vernon Rodriguez

Thanks for reading FluppyBunny.

JB
JB

Thank you for being the only source of the opening date of Jollibee Anaheim!!

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