Johannesburg, S. Africa / No. of units: 400+
From its 1987 origins in South Africa, Nando’s has established itself as a worldwide presence through its signature flame-grilled, extra-hot Peri-Peri chicken and spicy sauces. With restaurants in 34 countries on five continents, its largest distribution is in Australia, New Zealand, Southern Africa, Southeast Asia, the U.K. and the Middle East. In 2010, Advertising Age magazine named the Portuguese/Mozambican-themed concept one of the world’s top 30 hottest marketing brands, sharing accolades with the likes of Facebook, IKEA and BMW.