How to Eat Your Way Around the World

What’s the best thing to do when eating in a new city? Ask locals for recommendations!

“Where do you eat with your friends/family?” and “What kind of food do you like?” are two questions that will ensure their tastes aren’t completely off from yours. You’re also likely to get genuine, honest answers!

Important tip: Research before traveling what is considered local cuisine and research tipping practices while you are at it. You won’t regret it.

So, the reason you came here in the first place: actual recommendations in random locations!Eating in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan

Garlic House – order the garlic French bread for the appetizer. It’s amazing!

Austin, Texas

You already know Austin has incredible Mexican food. For the best of the best, visit Polvo’s for some life changing margaritas and their tasty salsa bar.

Madrid, Spain

La Finca de Susana – chefs are in training so the food is great AND inexpensive! This place is a bit ENE (funky posh, a little pricey)

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago is known for its large Polish population. One of the many great things that has come out of this is Kasia’s Deli; a nearly 40 year old neighborhood favorite that has been regularly ranked as one of Chicago’s best delis, with pierogi that have been voted best in the city multiple times. If you’re looking for authentic, Polish cuisine, this is the place to go.

Madison, Wisconsin

Surprising locale? Maybe. But this is an all time favorite, easy to miss and there is only a small black sign hanging on a grey door: Muramoto (106 King Street; Asian fusion).

Nashville, Tennessee

It’s all about the “meat and three” in Tennessee which is basically when you order one meat and three sides. Often, this comes with cornbread and sweet tea. It doesn’t get better than that really! Visit Arnold’s Country Kitchen for the classic Southern/Tennessee favorites. It looks like a hole-in-the-wall from the outside, but this is a family-owned and run joint you really don’t want to miss.Arnold's Country Kitchen

Outside Arnold’s Country Kitchen | ©Rachel Chapdelaine/Flickr

Barcelona, Spain

Barceloneta (L’Escar, 22 moll Dels Pescadors) – pricey, but the view is to die for! Try the cod Carpaccio and don’t even think about skipping dessert.

London, England

Too many great restaurants to count here, but Ping Pong is great. All Dim Sum! Order Jasmine tea for a nice surprise too.

Sonoma, California

Before you head out on your wine tasting excursion through California’s wine country, you’ll want to load up on a filling and fulfilling brunch. Hit up Creekside Cafe to satisfy your huevos rancheros or eggs Benedict cravings. They’re regarded as the best in the valley PLUS each table has a unique set of salt and pepper shakers that are hand-selected by the owner’s wife.Creekside Cafe

Creekside Cafe | ©Rosa Say/Flickr

Berlin, GermanyKaDeWe Berlin

KaDeWe, Berlin | ©juergend2/Flickr

KaDeWe is a department store in Berlin – like Harrods in London, at least when it comes to the food. Take a few hours to wander around the upstairs section and sample oysters and champagne!

New Orleans, Louisiana

Everyone knows they need to visit Cafe du Monde for beignets, but let’s not forget about muffuletta from Central Grocery, a po’boy in any form from Crabby Jack’s, or gumbo from Dooky Chase’s.Central Grocery

Central Grocery, New Orleans | ©jshyun/Flickr

Santiago, Chile

Nau Kana – unbelievable Asian, Middle East fusion! Try their version of the Mojito – vodka & basil.Eating on the Beach

One Comment on “How to Eat Your Way Around the World

  1. a trick for me is to walk around the place and look for a restaurant that’s packed with locals!! if the people from the actual place ay the food is good, then who m i to argue?! 😀

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