Hot Breads Bakers and Confectioners

Jeff Balke
Believe it or not, this is a fast-food franchise that started in Madras, India, in 1988. The idea was to bring Western-style baked goods to an Indian audience, but the bakery offerings eventually morphed into a European-Indian fusion style. Chicken croquettes and "chicken hot dogs" are popular here, as are the masala breads, cookies and tea cakes. After opening 52 locations in India, the chain spread throughout the Middle East and went on to Europe. (There are two locations in Paris.) This is one of three locations in the States.