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The Best Food I’ve Eaten

A woman enjoying trdelník in Prague - one of the sweetest signature dishes around the world

If you’ve been following my adventures either through my blog or on my Instagram, you know that food plays a HUGE roll in my travels! I love researching the best places to eat in specific cities and destinations, asking locals for their food recommendations, stumbling upon authentic restaurants and of course, indulging in signature dishes around the world!

A woman taking a cooking class in Italy

As I write this in May 2020, I have been to 33 countries and 24 U.S. states and boy have I savored some mouthwatering meals! I am so thrilled to show you all my personal favorite foods from where I’ve traveled and to expose you to the best restaurants to eat at in each destination I’ve visited in the past.

A woman enjoying ice cream at Leopold's in Savannah, Georgia

Please note that I do not eat red meat and certain dairy products make me sick, so I will not be showcasing any steak/burger or cheesy dishes on here (excluding pizza). All of what I am showcasing below are based off of my own experience. If you are a foodie, get ready to check out all of the memorable restaurants, cafés and signature dishes I’ve eaten around the world.

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Signature dishes around the world

Signature Dishes from 33 Countries Around the World

Best Food in the United States:

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What I love about living in the United States is that there is a melting pot of different cuisines in almost every city. Some popular American foodie staples are burgers, grilled cheese, mac and cheese, bagels, spaghetti and meatballs and more. I will admit that I do not eat the above, besides bagels every so often, but a lot of people do and they love it! Since I am an American, I have traveled to different U.S. states and have summed up my favorite signature dishes by region and cuisine below:

Italian American: Rigatoni a la Vodka

Penne vodka - a popular American staple dish

One important thing to note when you go to an Italian restaurant in the United States is that the menu will offer different dishes than if you go out to eat in Italy. Italian American dishes that you will not find in Italy are penne/rigatoni a la vodka, fettucine Alfredo, anything with meatballs, New York style pizza (or any type of pepperoni pizza), Caesar salad, chicken/veal parm, garlic bread, Italian dressing, rainbow cookies, sausage and peppers as well as shrimp scampi. A dish that you MUST try from an amazing Italian American restaurant here in the United States is rigatoni a la vodka from Angelo’s of Mulberry Street in the Little Italy area of Manhattan, New York City.

New York Pizza: Cheese Pizza

New York pizza from America

Speaking of Italian American food, another foodie item that is popular here in the United States that you will not find anywhere outside of North America is New York style pizza. My favorite place to get New York style pizza is at Vincent’s in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, just outside of New York City. All of their pizzas are amazing, but I specifically LOVE their regular cheese pie. (Discover the 60 Best North Jersey Restaurants.)

Southern Comfort: Chicken and Waffles

A popular American signature dish is chicken and waffles

There is a reason why Southern Comfort food has its name. If you make your way to the American South, there are a plethora of delicious meals to try. A few of my personal favorites are biscuits with mushroom gravy, Southern fried chicken and chicken and waffles. The best Southern restaurant I have been to during my domestic travels was Poogan’s Porch in Charleston, South Carolina. If you go to brunch there like I did, you totally have to get the chicken and waffle dish (of course with a mimosa).

Southern Creole: Duck Jambalaya

One of the best signature dishes around the world is duck jambalaya

Visiting New Orleans, Louisiana is like traveling to both Europe and the Caribbean without leaving the United States. I absolutely love New Orleans! The architecture is amazing, the history is interesting, people are warm and welcoming and the food is absolutely delicious! The main cuisines in New Orleans are Creole and Cajun. Some of the best signature dishes to get in “The Big Easy” are beignets, crawfish pies, jambalaya, seafood gumbo, po boys, fried fish, banana fosters, anything with pralines and king cake. The best place I’ve eaten at during my time in New Orleans was Muriel’s. My favorite dish that I had there was duck jambalaya with Andouille sausage. It is amazing!

American BBQ: Pulled Chicken Sandwich

A pulled chicken sandwich from Austin, Texas

A trip to good ole’ America would not be complete if you don’t try BBQ, especially if you are in Texas or Tennessee! I am not the biggest meat eater, so you won’t see me indulging in pulled pork, but I will savor a delicious pulled chicken sandwich whenever I have the chance! The best BBQ place I’ve been to in the United States was House Park Bar-B-Que in Austin, Texas.

Asian Fusion: Pad See-ew

A delicious Asian fusion dinner from San Diego

I LOVE Asian food and the West Coast definitely has a lot of amazing Asian fusion restaurants. My ultimate favorite is Bistro d’Asia in San Diego’s Coronado area. This amazing restaurant has meat, seafood, noodle and rice dishes and they all are so delicious! I love the pad see-ew dish from this trendy eatery.

Seafood: Crab and Lobster Rolls

A delicious lobster roll from Portland Maine - one of the tastiest signature dishes around the world

The New England area is known to have some of the best seafood in the world! From lobster rolls to crab dishes, you cannot go wrong with any restaurant on the water in the Northeast of the United States. My ultimate favorite seafood restaurant was Boone’s Fish House and Oyster Room in Portland, Maine. During my time eating dinner there, I had a delicious crab roll and it melted in my mouth.

Spain:

Seafood Paella:

Delicious Spanish food from Sevilla, Spain

Just like the United States, Spain offers a variety of dishes that are popular to specific regions of the country. Even though paella is a staple near Valencia, which is on the Mediterranean side of the country, the best restaurant I ate at in Spain was Mateos Tapas Bar in Sevilla. It is at this great tapas bar and restaurant where you could get delicious seafood paella, jamón ibérico, tapas and delicious sangria all in one place. I absolutely LOVED the seafood paella at this wonderful tapas bar. (A great after dinner dessert in Spain is churros con chocolate, which are churros with melted chocolate.)

Portugal:

Arroz de Marisco:

A seafood Portuguese dish from Lisbon

A staple in Portugal is seafood and rice. I have had a lot of amazing seafood dishes during my trips to Portugal, but one meal definitely stood out! During my latest trip to Lisbon in May 2019, I was recommended by my hotel to eat at Cervejaria Ramiro. This amazing family-run restaurant offered amazing seafood dishes and I got a delicious arroz de marisco dish with shrimp and lobster meat in a seafood sauce. It was unreal! The perfect dessert after this amazing dish was pastei de nata, which is a Portuguese custard tart.

Canada:

French Canadian: Poutine

Vegetarian poutine from Quebec, Canada

Since Canada is comprised of different provinces, the country’s cuisine varies. In Eastern Canada, especially in Québec, it is a MUST to try poutine – one of the best signature dishes around the world! This amazing delicacy is comprised of potatoes or French fries topped with light brown gravy, cheese curds and it could be added with vegetables, meat or seafood. The best place to grab poutine in Québec is at La Banquise in Montréal. I savored a delicious vegetarian poutine when I was there.

Western Canadian: Salmon

Delicious Canadian maple salmon from Banff

Salmon is another staple of Canada, but it is more popular in the western part of the country. During my time in Banff, I savored one of the best salmon dishes of my life at The Maple Leaf. The salmon dish that I ordered for dinner during my time at this lovely log cabin restaurant included maple along with Asian noodles. It was incredible!

Greece:

Gyros:

One of the most popular signature dishes - Greek gyros

Greece is an absolutely beautiful country and it offers some of the best cuisine out there. One of the top reasons why I enjoy savoring Greek food is because it is also healthy! Some of my favorite Greek staples are chicken gyros, chicken souvlaki, various seafood dishes and baklava. During my time in Greece, my favorite meal was savoring a chicken gyro in Athens at Bairaktaris Taverna. To top off this meal, I also had homemade baklava that was to die for!

Iceland:

A Viking Dinner:

A Viking dinner from Reykjavik

Iceland is known for its delicious seafood, but as the former land of the Vikings, it is important to indulge in the proper Icelandic dinner. Located in Reykjavík is a classic Scandinavian restaurant called Laekjarbrekka where you could savor a Viking dinner that consist of a 4-course set meal which consists of citrus marinated smoked salmon, slow cooked dried cod, lamb fillet and hákarl, which is “treated shark”. This meal is also supposed to be washed down with a shot of Brennivín, which is an Icelandic liquor that is similar to vodka. It is one of the most unique signature dishes around the world.

Italy:

Just like in the countries I mention above, Italy is known for different cuisines in each of its regions. Northern Italy offers more meat and cream-based dishes whereas Southern Italy has more light and seafood meals. Below is what I enjoyed savoring in the Italian regions I’ve visited:  

Italian Alps: Speck Dumpling Soup

Speck dumpling soup from the Italian Dolomites

During my time in the Italian Dolomites, I savored a lot of delicious signature dishes I’ve never had before. The Dolomites are known for speck, which is a cured smoked meat, spinach spätzle, gnocchi and bratwurst, plus so much more! One of my favorite dishes from my ski trip to the Italian Dolomites was speck dumpling soup, which consists of speck, flour, eggs, parsley, bouillon and chives. I had this dish at the huts on the ski slopes, but you could find it at most Ladin restaurants in the Dolomites. This dish goes well with an Alpine Spritz, which is made with Prosecco, elderflower syrup and mint and a great dessert to have afterwards is Tyrolean pancakes (sweet cakes chopped up with raisins).

Northern Italy: Cannelloni

Delicious cannelloni from Northern Italy

Northern Italy is famous for its baked pasta dishes like lasagna, ravioli, manicotti, tortellini and more. During my time in Como, I savored an amazing squid ink cannelloni with broccoli, lobster meat and fresh ricotta with a splash of tomato sauce at Trattoria Il Solito Posto. It was absolutely delicious!

Italian Riviera: Gnocchi Pesto

Gnocchi pesto, one of the best signature dishes from the Italian Riviera

The Liguria region of Italy (near the Italian Riviera) is known for pesto sauce that consists of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and sometimes Parmesan cheese. During my time in Cinque Terre with my family, I savored a delicious gnocchi pesto dish at Ristorante Il Gabbiano in Monterosso al Mare and it was wonderful!

Tuscany/Central Italy: Neapolitan Pizza

A delicious Neapolitan pizza from Siena, Italy

Central and Southern Italy is where you will find the BEST Neapolitan pizza – one of the most popular signature dishes around the world. During my time in Tuscany, I visited the beautiful city of Siena and had one of the best pizzas of my life at a restaurant called Ristorante Pizzeria Spadaforte. The pizza I had included fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, cooked ham with fresh basil. It was epic!

Sicily: Seafood

A Sicilian seafood dish

There is no doubt that Sicily is known for its seafood dishes. Whether it is seafood pasta, seafood risotto or a fish dish, you cannot go wrong in Sicily. No matter where you decide to eat at in Sicily, you could easily find a seafood meal that you will truly enjoy. It is best to also enjoy a delicious cannolo with your dish for dessert!

Malta:

Aljotta (Fish Soup):

A Maltese fish soup

Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea that is 58 miles south of Sicily and 179 miles north of Africa. Even though Malta has a lot of Sicilian influence and you will find a lot of Italian food there, Aljotta is a Maltese fish soup that must be tried. During my day trip to Malta from Sicily, I enjoyed this delicious fish soup at Fresco’s Bay View Terrace in Sliema.

Thailand:

Pad Thai:

Chicken pad Thai from Bangkok, Thailand - one of the most popular signature dishes around the world

The national dish of Thailand is pad Thai and you could get it vegetarian style or with a protein like chicken or shrimp. I LOVE indulging in pad Thai almost everywhere in Southeast Asia, but my favorite restaurant for this delicious dish was at Yai Yaa Thai Home Kitchen in Bangkok. When you’re in Thailand, it is best to get pad Thai with Thai iced coffee as well as mango sticky rice for dessert. It is absolutely delicious!

Ireland:

Fish and Chips:

One of the most popular signature dishes in the world - fish and chips

One of the most popular signature dishes around the world that you have to get during a trip to Ireland is fish and chips. The most authentic place to get fish and chips in the country is at Leo Burdock’s in Howth, right outside of Dublin. These fish and chips are so tasty and had everyone feeling satisfied!

Finland:

Arctic Char:

The Ice Restaurant at Snowman World in Lapland, Finland

One of the best experiences during my time in Lapland, Finland during Christmastime 2017 was savoring a five-course meal at Snowman World’s Ice Restaurant in Rovaniemi. The Ice Restaurant was in an igloo that had Swarovski crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. During my dinner here, we savored a delicious Arctic char, which is similar to salmon. I love Arctic char because it literally melts in my mouth. It is best to savor Arctic char with glögi, which is a heated spiced drink that has been enjoyed by the Finnish for years.

South Africa:

Crawfish:

A delicious crawfish dish from Cape Town, South Africa

Just like the United States, South Africa offers a plethora of different cuisines ranging from fish and chips to sushi and game meats to seafood. The most memorable dish I had during my trip to Cape Town was crawfish from Paranga Restaurant in Camps Bay. It was the best crawfish I’ve ever eaten and I highly recommend trying it if you make your way to Cape Town.

Switzerland:

Spätzle with a Mushroom Cream Sauce:

A delicious spatzle and mushroom dish from Zurich, Switzerland

During my time in Switzerland, I visited the Swiss German city of Zürich and it was absolutely lovely! The most memorable meal that I had in Switzerland was spätzle with a mushroom cream sauce from Restaurant Brasserie Johanniter. It was seriously one of the most amazing dishes I’ve ever had in Central Europe and I couldn’t recommend it more!

France:

Traditional French: Escargot

Escargot from Paris, France - a unique signature dish that must be tried

You cannot go to France and not try escargot! If you are a vegetarian or vegan, I completely understand, but if not, it is definitely worth a try because escargot is absolutely delicious and one of the tastiest signature dishes around the world! One of the best escargot appetizers I had during my trip to France was at Welcome Café in Paris, outside of the Jardin des Tuileries.

Alsatian: Stuffed Chicken with Mushrooms, Spätzle and Cream

A delicious spatzle and chicken dish from Alsace, France

If you are doing a trip around France, you cannot miss visiting the fairytale Alsace region. Since Alsace is close to Germany, it has a lot of German influence, especially when it comes to its cuisine. The food you will find in Alsace is much different than what you will find throughout the rest of the country. During my time in Colmar I had a delicious stuffed chicken with mushrooms, spätzle and cream from Koifhus Winstub.  

Japan:

Tokyo: Udon

A delicious Japanese udon noodle dish from Tokyo

One of the most popular food items in Japan is udon, usually served in a soup (it could also be served fried, which is called yaki udon). This thick wheat flour noodle is a favorite amongst many and I absolutely loved it served with egg yolk. I had the best udon dish at Hanamaru Udon in Tokyo’s Harajuku area.

Kyoto: Soba

Delicious soba noodles from Kyoto, Japan

During a trip to Japan, it is a MUST to visit the city of Kyoto. It is where you will get the most authentic Japanese experience! A popular foodie item in Kyoto is soba noodles. You could enjoy soba noodles cold, in a broth or pan-fried! When I was in Kyoto, I savored a delicious soba served in a soy broth with egg and shrimp at Matsuba Soba. It was absolutely amazing!

Hiroshima: Okonomiyaki

One of the best signature dishes around the world - okonomiyaki

One of the best staples in Hiroshima, Japan is okonomiyaki. You could find the best okonomiyaki at Otafuku located in Hiroshima Station. This amazing dish consists of batter (similar to a crêpe), shredded cabbage, pork belly, yakisoba noodles, a fried egg, the famous okonomi sauce (which is a sweet and sour sauce) and it is chopped with green onion and sometimes drizzled with a spicy mayo.

Kamakura: Seafood Rice Bowls

A woman savoring Japanese seafood rice bowls in Kamakura, Japan

Throughout the city of Kamakura, there are a plethora of eateries that serve delicious seafood rice bowls. During my day trip to Kamakura, I savored salmon, tuna and sardine rice bowls from Cotty Cotty and they all were incredible! The best thing to have with these rice bowls is an Asahi, which is the famous beer in Japan!

Indonesia:

Ayam Betutu:

Delicious chicken Indonesian food in Bali

When it comes to the food in Bali, you could pretty much find anything you wish for there. Bali is known for tempeh, which is a soybean side dish, along with a lot of rice, meat and veggie meals that are popular in Asia. Bali is also famous for its tropical fruits, so smoothie bowls are huge there! Throughout the island of Bali are dreamy restaurants and cafés that offer a plethora of different cuisines. You definitely could find a lot of vegetarian and vegan options in Bali, but if you’re looking for great traditional Indonesian food with a great atmosphere, I recommend going to Nook in Seminyak. I loved savoring ayam betutu, which is steamed chicken with Balinese spices and rice. This dish is a little spicy, so I recommend getting a coconut with it!

Germany:

Spätzle in a Light Gravy with Fried Onions:

One of the tastiest signature dishes from around the world - spatzle from Germany

The most memorable meal I’ve had in Germany was spätzle with fried onions in a light gravy from Wirtshaus Kurgarten in Munich. Since spätzle is already a heavy pasta, I enjoy having it with a lighter sauce or gravy versus having it with cream or cheese. Other great German foods to savor are bratwurst, apple strudel, schnitzel, potato pancakes and beer!

Austria:

Chicken Schnitzel:

A delicious chicken schnitzel dish from Austria

Similar to German food, Austria is also a great country to get hearty dishes like sausage, spätzle, and more! One of my favorite restaurants and dishes from my time in Austria was a chicken schnitzel salad from Zum Zirkelwirt in Salzburg. Chicken schnitzel is a fried chicken cutlet and it is so tasty with a beer.

Hungary:

Goulash:

A chicken goulash dish from Budapest - one of the most popular signature dishes from around the world

A trip to Hungary would not be complete without trying goulash. It is the national dish of the country and it consists of meat, onions, peppers, spices and a light sauce. It is mixed between a soup and stew. During my time in Budapest, I tried a chicken goulash in a bread bowl at the Christmas markets and it was delicious. Traditionally, goulash is served with beef, but you could still find chicken or vegetarian options throughout Hungary. Overall, it is a favorite amongst signature dishes around the world.

Slovakia:

Lokše (Potato Pancakes/Flatbread):

A Slovak Lokše from Bratislava

A popular foodie item to try in Slovakia is lokše, which are thin pancakes made out of potato dough. They could be served with sweet or savory foods. You could find lokše almost everywhere in Slovakia, but I savored mine at a Christmas market in Bratislava.

New Zealand:

Green Lipped Mussels:

The best signature dishes around the world from New Zealand

New Zealand is known for a variety of different cuisines, but the country’s seafood is absolutely amazing! The best place to get seafood in New Zealand is at Captain’s Restaurant on the waterfront in Queenstown. Green lipped mussels are unique to New Zealand and they are a must try when you are visiting! They are great with a plethora of different dishes, but they do extremely well with pizza.

Morocco:

Chicken Tagine:

A chicken tagine dish from Morocco

The most popular dish to savor in Morocco is tagine. It is a traditional dish that consists of either beef, lamb, chicken, fish or vegetables cooked in a clay pot. It contains fresh vegetables, turmeric, saffron and ginger and tastes absolutely amazing! I personally like chicken tagine the best and you could find it almost everywhere throughout the country.  

Netherlands:

Dutch Pancakes:

Delicious Dutch pancakes from Amsterdam

One of the top foods to savor in the Netherlands are Dutch pancakes. Known to have the best pancakes in Amsterdam, I ate at The Happy Pig Pancake Shop, which are home to the original rolled pancakes. You could get sweet or savory pancakes, depending on what you are craving. During my time there, I enjoyed the Everybody’s Sweetheart pancakes that included banana, chocolate-hazelnut sauce and toasted almond slices.

Belgium:

Mussels and Frites:

A woman having fries, mussels and beer in Belgium

A trip to Belgium MUST include mussels and fries on the foodie bucket list! During my day trip to Bruges from Amsterdam, I savored mussels with a white wine sauce along with frites (fries) and a Belgian beer at Poules Moules. It was one of the best meals I’ve had during my travels! Afterwards, it was only proper for me to have a waffle for dessert!

Peru:

Andean/Cusco: Chaufa de Quinoa

Chaufa de Quinoa, one of the tastiest signature dishes around the world

Just like with many of the countries I talk about above, Peru also features different cuisines throughout. The food consumed in the Andes Mountains (Cusco) will be much different than what you eat near the coast (Lima). Just like any other mountainous area around the world, the cuisine will consist of more meats and heavier food items. The coast offers a lot of seafood and lighter dishes. Because I am not a big meat eater, I savored a delicious vegetarian dish at A Mi Manera in Cusco called Chaufa de Quinoa, which consisted of black quinoa, zucchini, mushrooms, sesame oil and a dash of soy sauce. The best drink to have in the Andes is coca tea, which helps with altitude sickness.

Coastal/Lima: Ceviche

Delicious ceviche from Lima, Peru

The best thing to eat when you are in Lima is ceviche. It is a cold fish dish with lime, onions and seasoning and it is absolutely delicious! During my time in Lima, I ate the best ceviche meal I’ve had in my life at Segundo Muelle. I recommend savoring ceviche with a pisco sour, which is a famous Peruvian cocktail or a Chicha Morada, which is a purple corn-based drink. Afterwards, I recommend grabbing picarones (fried sugar donuts) for dessert. Peru offers some of the most mouth watering signature dishes around the world.

Belize:

Tamales:

Tamales from Belize

The top foodie item you must have when you visit Belize in Central America are tamales. They are made with masa or dough, which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf and you could get them with meat or enjoy them vegetarian style. They are absolutely amazing and you could find them at most restaurants in Belize.

Mexico:

Fish Tacos:

Delicious fish tacos, one of the best signature dishes around the world

The best dish I had during my time in Tulum, Mexico was shrimp tacos from El Capitán. They were absolutely amazing with a Corona Light and also would be great with a margarita! Other great Mexican foods to consume during a trip to Mexico would be fajitas, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas and more.

England:

Chicken and Mushroom Truffle Pie:

A chicken and mushroom pie from England

One of the best things to eat during a trip to the United Kingdom is pie, otherwise known as pot pie for Americans. You could get your pie sweet or savory. The sweet pies are usually made with berries and other fruits. The savory pies are made with a meat or fish. One of the best pie dishes I had during my time in the UK was a chicken and mushroom truffle pie from The Raven in Bath, England. On the side, I had chips (fries) along with a local beer and it was delicious!

Scotland:

Smoked Salmon Sandwich:

A smoked salmon sandwich from the Scottish Highlands

One of the best meals I had in Scotland was during my day trip to the Scottish Highlands. I savored a mouthwatering smoked salmon sandwich from the George Hotel in Inveraray, Scotland. It came with a buttery brioche bun with chips (fries) and salad on the side with a Scottish ale. It was like a party in my mouth!

Poland:

Pierogies and Potato Pancakes:

One of the best signature dishes from around the world - Polish pierogies and potato pancakes

Pierogies are the best thing to try when you visit Poland. The number one place to get traditional Polish favorites in Krakow are at Marchewka z Groszkiem in the Jewish Quarter of the city. Not only did I savor the best sauerkraut and mushroom pierogies, I also had a tasty potato pancake in a mushroom gravy with a Polish beer on the side. It was awesome and definitely made for one of my top signature dishes around the world.

Czechia:

Chicken and Potato Dumplings:

Traditional Czech food from Prague

The ultimate meal I had in Czechia was a chicken dinner (similar to chicken schnitzel) with potato dumplings on the side that were drizzled with fried onions and a Czech beer on the side. I savored it at an authentic Czech restaurant called Restaurace Staromáček in Prague. It was great!

Vietnam:

Fried Fish Spring Rolls and Vietnamese Sticky Rice:

Fried Fish Spring Rolls and Vietnamese Sticky Rice from Hanoi, Vietnam

I LOVE Vietnamese food! Throughout my travels in Vietnam, I savored a lot of delicious meals, but I found the best to be in Hanoi. During my time in the capital city, I savored the best fried fish spring rolls and Vietnamese sticky rice from Hanoi Restaurant – Vietnamese Restaurant and Cooking Class and it was definitely one of the top signature dishes from around the world that stood out to me.

Cambodia:

Seafood Hor Fun:

Seafood hor fun - one of the best Asian signature dishes around the world

Cambodian food is absolutely delicious! I absolutely loved savoring the national dishes such as fish amok and Khmer noodles, but my favorite meal there was seafood hor fun from The One by T in Siem Reap. Even though seafood hor fun is a Singaporean dish, it is popular all over Asia and it consists of a wide rice noodle, a soy-based sauce and various seafood. It is yummy!


A woman enjoying a signature floating breakfast in Bali

I hope you all enjoyed discovering my favorite signature dishes around the world and that you now have a restaurant and foodie bucket list for when you visit any of the 33 countries I mention above. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].

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32 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on May 12, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Awesome and delicious blog ~ wow, felt like I just went to a food festival ~ great blog , awesome photos and amazing food. Thank you for all the great tips for what to eat around the world ~ love you, mom xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on May 13, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you mom! I really enjoyed writing this! 🙂

  2. Cristina on May 13, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    This blog is great! I’m a big foodie, so I’m definitely saving this post for later 🙂 There are many dishes I haven’t tried yet. I would love to try crab and lobster roll as well as ayam batutu.

    • Taylor Deer on May 13, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much Cristina! Also yes, you totally have to try the seafood rolls, especially if you go to the New England area of the United States 🙂

  3. Jenni on May 13, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Great list of mouth watering food!! I totally travel to eat and discover new flavours too. We do have awesome seafood in Scotland and Slovakia’s lokse pancakes are fab. They’re superb with goose which they serve September to December 😍

    • Taylor Deer on May 14, 2020 at 9:47 am

      Thank you Jenni! Also yes, I had my lokse as a dessert, but would love to try it savory next time! 🙂

  4. Rebecca on May 14, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    So many amazing meal ideas! This gives me so many ideas of different meals to try. I love cooking.

    • Taylor Deer on May 14, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      Yes, you could definitely make these meals at home. 🙂

  5. Katie on May 15, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Wow now I am hungry, we love trying local dishes when we travel! We are living in Thailand at the moment so obvioulsy Thai food is up there with our favourite but I would love to head to the Southern states and try chicken and waffles – it sounds wrong but I hear it is the best!

    • Taylor Deer on May 15, 2020 at 10:57 pm

      Yes, it is the best! Also that is amazing you live in Thailand. The food there is pretty delicious! 🙂 Also you totally have to try chicken and waffles, it’s so yummy!

  6. madhu sharma on May 15, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Wow that’s a great list and mouthwatering too..I don’t knew about signature dishes of so many countries.

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you Madhu and yes, they are all so amazing! 🙂

  7. Deborah Patterson on May 16, 2020 at 3:32 am

    My mouth is watering! And it looks like you’re as obsessed with seafood as I am!

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:01 pm

      Yes, I love seafood and definitely follow more of a pescatarian diet 🙂

  8. Jiayi Wang on May 16, 2020 at 5:01 am

    You’ve listed SO MANY of my favourite dishes and I’m drooling so bad right now… pad see-ew, lobster rolls and dutch pancakes are the best! Thanks for this delicious inspo! Can’t wait to have some seafood 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      Ah thank you and yes, they all were so amazing that I keep dreaming about them lol 🙂

  9. Emma on May 16, 2020 at 8:42 am

    I loveee loads of these dishes and you’ve definitely given me some inspo to try some new things too. Vodka pasta sounds very interesting and will have to try it next time I am in the states!

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      Ah yay, I’m happy to hear that! Everything is so delicious! Also yes, you totally have to try the vodka pasta dishes 🙂

  10. Valentina Vucicic on May 16, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    This post made me hungry! 🙂 Great job!

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:03 pm

      haha it still makes me hungry too! 🙂

  11. Ophelie on May 16, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    OMG! I am such a foodie and this article definitely made me VERY hungry Taylor! I also love to eat local dishes when I travel!

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:04 pm

      Haha yes, it totally makes me hungry every time I scroll through it. Also yes, savoring local dishes is the best! 🙂

  12. Elena Pappalardo on May 16, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    OMG, YUM! I want to get in the kitchen as soon as possible after reading this! This is seriously such a well-crafted an impressive list, Taylor. I cannot wait for more future foodie adventures 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Haha yay! Thank you Elena and me too! 🙂

  13. Sophie on May 16, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Oh my gosh I am soooo hungry now after reading this and admiring all the foodie photos! Particularly the food from Italy, it makes me want to go back!

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Yes, the food in Italy is the best! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  14. Suvarna Arora on May 17, 2020 at 1:25 am

    Omg this made so hungry. Though I am a vegetarian and not a big foodie, I still try to eat some local dishes when I travel but my husband is a food lover.

    • Taylor Deer on May 17, 2020 at 11:12 am

      Ah yes, this isn’t the most vegetarian and vegan friendly guide, but I like seeing so many vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options when I travel now. 🙂

  15. Katie Diederichs on May 17, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Well, now my mouth is watering! Trying as much food as possible is always one of my favorite parts of traveling, and it seems like we have that in common 😉 And omg that LOBSTER ROLL! Yum!

    • Taylor Deer on May 18, 2020 at 11:46 am

      Ah yes, I’m always on the prowl for good food! Also, lobster rolls are amazing!

  16. Bettina on May 19, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    These dishes look amazing! Gnocchi pesto is one of my favorite dishes in the world! Thank you so much for sharing! I love trying foods from different cultures.

    • Taylor Deer on May 20, 2020 at 9:38 am

      Thank you Bettina! I couldn’t wait to share this one 🙂

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The Best Food I’ve Eaten

A woman enjoying trdelník in Prague - one of the sweetest signature dishes around the world

If you’ve been following my adventures either through my blog or on my Instagram, you know that food plays a HUGE roll in my travels! I love researching the best places to eat in specific cities and destinations, asking locals for their food recommendations, stumbling upon authentic restaurants and of course, indulging in signature dishes around the world!

A woman taking a cooking class in Italy

As I write this in May 2020, I have been to 33 countries and 24 U.S. states and boy have I savored some mouthwatering meals! I am so thrilled to show you all my personal favorite foods from where I’ve traveled and to expose you to the best restaurants to eat at in each destination I’ve visited in the past.

A woman enjoying ice cream at Leopold's in Savannah, Georgia

Please note that I do not eat red meat and certain dairy products make me sick, so I will not be showcasing any steak/burger or cheesy dishes on here (excluding pizza). All of what I am showcasing below are based off of my own experience. If you are a foodie, get ready to check out all of the memorable restaurants, cafés and signature dishes I’ve eaten around the world.

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Signature dishes around the world

Signature Dishes from 33 Countries Around the World

Best Food in the United States:

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What I love about living in the United States is that there is a melting pot of different cuisines in almost every city. Some popular American foodie staples are burgers, grilled cheese, mac and cheese, bagels, spaghetti and meatballs and more. I will admit that I do not eat the above, besides bagels every so often, but a lot of people do and they love it! Since I am an American, I have traveled to different U.S. states and have summed up my favorite signature dishes by region and cuisine below:

Italian American: Rigatoni a la Vodka

Penne vodka - a popular American staple dish

One important thing to note when you go to an Italian restaurant in the United States is that the menu will offer different dishes than if you go out to eat in Italy. Italian American dishes that you will not find in Italy are penne/rigatoni a la vodka, fettucine Alfredo, anything with meatballs, New York style pizza (or any type of pepperoni pizza), Caesar salad, chicken/veal parm, garlic bread, Italian dressing, rainbow cookies, sausage and peppers as well as shrimp scampi. A dish that you MUST try from an amazing Italian American restaurant here in the United States is rigatoni a la vodka from Angelo’s of Mulberry Street in the Little Italy area of Manhattan, New York City.

New York Pizza: Cheese Pizza

New York pizza from America

Speaking of Italian American food, another foodie item that is popular here in the United States that you will not find anywhere outside of North America is New York style pizza. My favorite place to get New York style pizza is at Vincent’s in Cliffside Park, New Jersey, just outside of New York City. All of their pizzas are amazing, but I specifically LOVE their regular cheese pie. (Discover the 60 Best North Jersey Restaurants.)

Southern Comfort: Chicken and Waffles

A popular American signature dish is chicken and waffles

There is a reason why Southern Comfort food has its name. If you make your way to the American South, there are a plethora of delicious meals to try. A few of my personal favorites are biscuits with mushroom gravy, Southern fried chicken and chicken and waffles. The best Southern restaurant I have been to during my domestic travels was Poogan’s Porch in Charleston, South Carolina. If you go to brunch there like I did, you totally have to get the chicken and waffle dish (of course with a mimosa).

Southern Creole: Duck Jambalaya

One of the best signature dishes around the world is duck jambalaya

Visiting New Orleans, Louisiana is like traveling to both Europe and the Caribbean without leaving the United States. I absolutely love New Orleans! The architecture is amazing, the history is interesting, people are warm and welcoming and the food is absolutely delicious! The main cuisines in New Orleans are Creole and Cajun. Some of the best signature dishes to get in “The Big Easy” are beignets, crawfish pies, jambalaya, seafood gumbo, po boys, fried fish, banana fosters, anything with pralines and king cake. The best place I’ve eaten at during my time in New Orleans was Muriel’s. My favorite dish that I had there was duck jambalaya with Andouille sausage. It is amazing!

American BBQ: Pulled Chicken Sandwich

A pulled chicken sandwich from Austin, Texas

A trip to good ole’ America would not be complete if you don’t try BBQ, especially if you are in Texas or Tennessee! I am not the biggest meat eater, so you won’t see me indulging in pulled pork, but I will savor a delicious pulled chicken sandwich whenever I have the chance! The best BBQ place I’ve been to in the United States was House Park Bar-B-Que in Austin, Texas.

Asian Fusion: Pad See-ew

A delicious Asian fusion dinner from San Diego

I LOVE Asian food and the West Coast definitely has a lot of amazing Asian fusion restaurants. My ultimate favorite is Bistro d’Asia in San Diego’s Coronado area. This amazing restaurant has meat, seafood, noodle and rice dishes and they all are so delicious! I love the pad see-ew dish from this trendy eatery.

Seafood: Crab and Lobster Rolls

A delicious lobster roll from Portland Maine - one of the tastiest signature dishes around the world

The New England area is known to have some of the best seafood in the world! From lobster rolls to crab dishes, you cannot go wrong with any restaurant on the water in the Northeast of the United States. My ultimate favorite seafood restaurant was Boone’s Fish House and Oyster Room in Portland, Maine. During my time eating dinner there, I had a delicious crab roll and it melted in my mouth.

Spain:

Seafood Paella:

Delicious Spanish food from Sevilla, Spain

Just like the United States, Spain offers a variety of dishes that are popular to specific regions of the country. Even though paella is a staple near Valencia, which is on the Mediterranean side of the country, the best restaurant I ate at in Spain was Mateos Tapas Bar in Sevilla. It is at this great tapas bar and restaurant where you could get delicious seafood paella, jamón ibérico, tapas and delicious sangria all in one place. I absolutely LOVED the seafood paella at this wonderful tapas bar. (A great after dinner dessert in Spain is churros con chocolate, which are churros with melted chocolate.)

Portugal:

Arroz de Marisco:

A seafood Portuguese dish from Lisbon

A staple in Portugal is seafood and rice. I have had a lot of amazing seafood dishes during my trips to Portugal, but one meal definitely stood out! During my latest trip to Lisbon in May 2019, I was recommended by my hotel to eat at Cervejaria Ramiro. This amazing family-run restaurant offered amazing seafood dishes and I got a delicious arroz de marisco dish with shrimp and lobster meat in a seafood sauce. It was unreal! The perfect dessert after this amazing dish was pastei de nata, which is a Portuguese custard tart.

Canada:

French Canadian: Poutine

Vegetarian poutine from Quebec, Canada

Since Canada is comprised of different provinces, the country’s cuisine varies. In Eastern Canada, especially in Québec, it is a MUST to try poutine – one of the best signature dishes around the world! This amazing delicacy is comprised of potatoes or French fries topped with light brown gravy, cheese curds and it could be added with vegetables, meat or seafood. The best place to grab poutine in Québec is at La Banquise in Montréal. I savored a delicious vegetarian poutine when I was there.

Western Canadian: Salmon

Delicious Canadian maple salmon from Banff

Salmon is another staple of Canada, but it is more popular in the western part of the country. During my time in Banff, I savored one of the best salmon dishes of my life at The Maple Leaf. The salmon dish that I ordered for dinner during my time at this lovely log cabin restaurant included maple along with Asian noodles. It was incredible!

Greece:

Gyros:

One of the most popular signature dishes - Greek gyros

Greece is an absolutely beautiful country and it offers some of the best cuisine out there. One of the top reasons why I enjoy savoring Greek food is because it is also healthy! Some of my favorite Greek staples are chicken gyros, chicken souvlaki, various seafood dishes and baklava. During my time in Greece, my favorite meal was savoring a chicken gyro in Athens at Bairaktaris Taverna. To top off this meal, I also had homemade baklava that was to die for!

Iceland:

A Viking Dinner:

A Viking dinner from Reykjavik

Iceland is known for its delicious seafood, but as the former land of the Vikings, it is important to indulge in the proper Icelandic dinner. Located in Reykjavík is a classic Scandinavian restaurant called Laekjarbrekka where you could savor a Viking dinner that consist of a 4-course set meal which consists of citrus marinated smoked salmon, slow cooked dried cod, lamb fillet and hákarl, which is “treated shark”. This meal is also supposed to be washed down with a shot of Brennivín, which is an Icelandic liquor that is similar to vodka. It is one of the most unique signature dishes around the world.

Italy:

Just like in the countries I mention above, Italy is known for different cuisines in each of its regions. Northern Italy offers more meat and cream-based dishes whereas Southern Italy has more light and seafood meals. Below is what I enjoyed savoring in the Italian regions I’ve visited:  

Italian Alps: Speck Dumpling Soup

Speck dumpling soup from the Italian Dolomites

During my time in the Italian Dolomites, I savored a lot of delicious signature dishes I’ve never had before. The Dolomites are known for speck, which is a cured smoked meat, spinach spätzle, gnocchi and bratwurst, plus so much more! One of my favorite dishes from my ski trip to the Italian Dolomites was speck dumpling soup, which consists of speck, flour, eggs, parsley, bouillon and chives. I had this dish at the huts on the ski slopes, but you could find it at most Ladin restaurants in the Dolomites. This dish goes well with an Alpine Spritz, which is made with Prosecco, elderflower syrup and mint and a great dessert to have afterwards is Tyrolean pancakes (sweet cakes chopped up with raisins).

Northern Italy: Cannelloni

Delicious cannelloni from Northern Italy

Northern Italy is famous for its baked pasta dishes like lasagna, ravioli, manicotti, tortellini and more. During my time in Como, I savored an amazing squid ink cannelloni with broccoli, lobster meat and fresh ricotta with a splash of tomato sauce at Trattoria Il Solito Posto. It was absolutely delicious!

Italian Riviera: Gnocchi Pesto

Gnocchi pesto, one of the best signature dishes from the Italian Riviera

The Liguria region of Italy (near the Italian Riviera) is known for pesto sauce that consists of fresh basil, garlic, pine nuts, olive oil and sometimes Parmesan cheese. During my time in Cinque Terre with my family, I savored a delicious gnocchi pesto dish at Ristorante Il Gabbiano in Monterosso al Mare and it was wonderful!

Tuscany/Central Italy: Neapolitan Pizza

A delicious Neapolitan pizza from Siena, Italy

Central and Southern Italy is where you will find the BEST Neapolitan pizza – one of the most popular signature dishes around the world. During my time in Tuscany, I visited the beautiful city of Siena and had one of the best pizzas of my life at a restaurant called Ristorante Pizzeria Spadaforte. The pizza I had included fresh mozzarella, mushrooms, cooked ham with fresh basil. It was epic!

Sicily: Seafood

A Sicilian seafood dish

There is no doubt that Sicily is known for its seafood dishes. Whether it is seafood pasta, seafood risotto or a fish dish, you cannot go wrong in Sicily. No matter where you decide to eat at in Sicily, you could easily find a seafood meal that you will truly enjoy. It is best to also enjoy a delicious cannolo with your dish for dessert!

Malta:

Aljotta (Fish Soup):

A Maltese fish soup

Malta is a small island in the Mediterranean Sea that is 58 miles south of Sicily and 179 miles north of Africa. Even though Malta has a lot of Sicilian influence and you will find a lot of Italian food there, Aljotta is a Maltese fish soup that must be tried. During my day trip to Malta from Sicily, I enjoyed this delicious fish soup at Fresco’s Bay View Terrace in Sliema.

Thailand:

Pad Thai:

Chicken pad Thai from Bangkok, Thailand - one of the most popular signature dishes around the world

The national dish of Thailand is pad Thai and you could get it vegetarian style or with a protein like chicken or shrimp. I LOVE indulging in pad Thai almost everywhere in Southeast Asia, but my favorite restaurant for this delicious dish was at Yai Yaa Thai Home Kitchen in Bangkok. When you’re in Thailand, it is best to get pad Thai with Thai iced coffee as well as mango sticky rice for dessert. It is absolutely delicious!

Ireland:

Fish and Chips:

One of the most popular signature dishes in the world - fish and chips

One of the most popular signature dishes around the world that you have to get during a trip to Ireland is fish and chips. The most authentic place to get fish and chips in the country is at Leo Burdock’s in Howth, right outside of Dublin. These fish and chips are so tasty and had everyone feeling satisfied!

Finland:

Arctic Char:

The Ice Restaurant at Snowman World in Lapland, Finland

One of the best experiences during my time in Lapland, Finland during Christmastime 2017 was savoring a five-course meal at Snowman World’s Ice Restaurant in Rovaniemi. The Ice Restaurant was in an igloo that had Swarovski crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceilings. During my dinner here, we savored a delicious Arctic char, which is similar to salmon. I love Arctic char because it literally melts in my mouth. It is best to savor Arctic char with glögi, which is a heated spiced drink that has been enjoyed by the Finnish for years.

South Africa:

Crawfish:

A delicious crawfish dish from Cape Town, South Africa

Just like the United States, South Africa offers a plethora of different cuisines ranging from fish and chips to sushi and game meats to seafood. The most memorable dish I had during my trip to Cape Town was crawfish from Paranga Restaurant in Camps Bay. It was the best crawfish I’ve ever eaten and I highly recommend trying it if you make your way to Cape Town.

Switzerland:

Spätzle with a Mushroom Cream Sauce:

A delicious spatzle and mushroom dish from Zurich, Switzerland

During my time in Switzerland, I visited the Swiss German city of Zürich and it was absolutely lovely! The most memorable meal that I had in Switzerland was spätzle with a mushroom cream sauce from Restaurant Brasserie Johanniter. It was seriously one of the most amazing dishes I’ve ever had in Central Europe and I couldn’t recommend it more!

France:

Traditional French: Escargot

Escargot from Paris, France - a unique signature dish that must be tried

You cannot go to France and not try escargot! If you are a vegetarian or vegan, I completely understand, but if not, it is definitely worth a try because escargot is absolutely delicious and one of the tastiest signature dishes around the world! One of the best escargot appetizers I had during my trip to France was at Welcome Café in Paris, outside of the Jardin des Tuileries.

Alsatian: Stuffed Chicken with Mushrooms, Spätzle and Cream

A delicious spatzle and chicken dish from Alsace, France

If you are doing a trip around France, you cannot miss visiting the fairytale Alsace region. Since Alsace is close to Germany, it has a lot of German influence, especially when it comes to its cuisine. The food you will find in Alsace is much different than what you will find throughout the rest of the country. During my time in Colmar I had a delicious stuffed chicken with mushrooms, spätzle and cream from Koifhus Winstub.  

Japan:

Tokyo: Udon

A delicious Japanese udon noodle dish from Tokyo

One of the most popular food items in Japan is udon, usually served in a soup (it could also be served fried, which is called yaki udon). This thick wheat flour noodle is a favorite amongst many and I absolutely loved it served with egg yolk. I had the best udon dish at Hanamaru Udon in Tokyo’s Harajuku area.

Kyoto: Soba

Delicious soba noodles from Kyoto, Japan

During a trip to Japan, it is a MUST to visit the city of Kyoto. It is where you will get the most authentic Japanese experience! A popular foodie item in Kyoto is soba noodles. You could enjoy soba noodles cold, in a broth or pan-fried! When I was in Kyoto, I savored a delicious soba served in a soy broth with egg and shrimp at Matsuba Soba. It was absolutely amazing!

Hiroshima: Okonomiyaki

One of the best signature dishes around the world - okonomiyaki

One of the best staples in Hiroshima, Japan is okonomiyaki. You could find the best okonomiyaki at Otafuku located in Hiroshima Station. This amazing dish consists of batter (similar to a crêpe), shredded cabbage, pork belly, yakisoba noodles, a fried egg, the famous okonomi sauce (which is a sweet and sour sauce) and it is chopped with green onion and sometimes drizzled with a spicy mayo.

Kamakura: Seafood Rice Bowls

A woman savoring Japanese seafood rice bowls in Kamakura, Japan

Throughout the city of Kamakura, there are a plethora of eateries that serve delicious seafood rice bowls. During my day trip to Kamakura, I savored salmon, tuna and sardine rice bowls from Cotty Cotty and they all were incredible! The best thing to have with these rice bowls is an Asahi, which is the famous beer in Japan!

Indonesia:

Ayam Betutu:

Delicious chicken Indonesian food in Bali

When it comes to the food in Bali, you could pretty much find anything you wish for there. Bali is known for tempeh, which is a soybean side dish, along with a lot of rice, meat and veggie meals that are popular in Asia. Bali is also famous for its tropical fruits, so smoothie bowls are huge there! Throughout the island of Bali are dreamy restaurants and cafés that offer a plethora of different cuisines. You definitely could find a lot of vegetarian and vegan options in Bali, but if you’re looking for great traditional Indonesian food with a great atmosphere, I recommend going to Nook in Seminyak. I loved savoring ayam betutu, which is steamed chicken with Balinese spices and rice. This dish is a little spicy, so I recommend getting a coconut with it!

Germany:

Spätzle in a Light Gravy with Fried Onions:

One of the tastiest signature dishes from around the world - spatzle from Germany

The most memorable meal I’ve had in Germany was spätzle with fried onions in a light gravy from Wirtshaus Kurgarten in Munich. Since spätzle is already a heavy pasta, I enjoy having it with a lighter sauce or gravy versus having it with cream or cheese. Other great German foods to savor are bratwurst, apple strudel, schnitzel, potato pancakes and beer!

Austria:

Chicken Schnitzel:

A delicious chicken schnitzel dish from Austria

Similar to German food, Austria is also a great country to get hearty dishes like sausage, spätzle, and more! One of my favorite restaurants and dishes from my time in Austria was a chicken schnitzel salad from Zum Zirkelwirt in Salzburg. Chicken schnitzel is a fried chicken cutlet and it is so tasty with a beer.

Hungary:

Goulash:

A chicken goulash dish from Budapest - one of the most popular signature dishes from around the world

A trip to Hungary would not be complete without trying goulash. It is the national dish of the country and it consists of meat, onions, peppers, spices and a light sauce. It is mixed between a soup and stew. During my time in Budapest, I tried a chicken goulash in a bread bowl at the Christmas markets and it was delicious. Traditionally, goulash is served with beef, but you could still find chicken or vegetarian options throughout Hungary. Overall, it is a favorite amongst signature dishes around the world.

Slovakia:

Lokše (Potato Pancakes/Flatbread):

A Slovak Lokše from Bratislava

A popular foodie item to try in Slovakia is lokše, which are thin pancakes made out of potato dough. They could be served with sweet or savory foods. You could find lokše almost everywhere in Slovakia, but I savored mine at a Christmas market in Bratislava.

New Zealand:

Green Lipped Mussels:

The best signature dishes around the world from New Zealand

New Zealand is known for a variety of different cuisines, but the country’s seafood is absolutely amazing! The best place to get seafood in New Zealand is at Captain’s Restaurant on the waterfront in Queenstown. Green lipped mussels are unique to New Zealand and they are a must try when you are visiting! They are great with a plethora of different dishes, but they do extremely well with pizza.

Morocco:

Chicken Tagine:

A chicken tagine dish from Morocco

The most popular dish to savor in Morocco is tagine. It is a traditional dish that consists of either beef, lamb, chicken, fish or vegetables cooked in a clay pot. It contains fresh vegetables, turmeric, saffron and ginger and tastes absolutely amazing! I personally like chicken tagine the best and you could find it almost everywhere throughout the country.  

Netherlands:

Dutch Pancakes:

Delicious Dutch pancakes from Amsterdam

One of the top foods to savor in the Netherlands are Dutch pancakes. Known to have the best pancakes in Amsterdam, I ate at The Happy Pig Pancake Shop, which are home to the original rolled pancakes. You could get sweet or savory pancakes, depending on what you are craving. During my time there, I enjoyed the Everybody’s Sweetheart pancakes that included banana, chocolate-hazelnut sauce and toasted almond slices.

Belgium:

Mussels and Frites:

A woman having fries, mussels and beer in Belgium

A trip to Belgium MUST include mussels and fries on the foodie bucket list! During my day trip to Bruges from Amsterdam, I savored mussels with a white wine sauce along with frites (fries) and a Belgian beer at Poules Moules. It was one of the best meals I’ve had during my travels! Afterwards, it was only proper for me to have a waffle for dessert!

Peru:

Andean/Cusco: Chaufa de Quinoa

Chaufa de Quinoa, one of the tastiest signature dishes around the world

Just like with many of the countries I talk about above, Peru also features different cuisines throughout. The food consumed in the Andes Mountains (Cusco) will be much different than what you eat near the coast (Lima). Just like any other mountainous area around the world, the cuisine will consist of more meats and heavier food items. The coast offers a lot of seafood and lighter dishes. Because I am not a big meat eater, I savored a delicious vegetarian dish at A Mi Manera in Cusco called Chaufa de Quinoa, which consisted of black quinoa, zucchini, mushrooms, sesame oil and a dash of soy sauce. The best drink to have in the Andes is coca tea, which helps with altitude sickness.

Coastal/Lima: Ceviche

Delicious ceviche from Lima, Peru

The best thing to eat when you are in Lima is ceviche. It is a cold fish dish with lime, onions and seasoning and it is absolutely delicious! During my time in Lima, I ate the best ceviche meal I’ve had in my life at Segundo Muelle. I recommend savoring ceviche with a pisco sour, which is a famous Peruvian cocktail or a Chicha Morada, which is a purple corn-based drink. Afterwards, I recommend grabbing picarones (fried sugar donuts) for dessert. Peru offers some of the most mouth watering signature dishes around the world.

Belize:

Tamales:

Tamales from Belize

The top foodie item you must have when you visit Belize in Central America are tamales. They are made with masa or dough, which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf and you could get them with meat or enjoy them vegetarian style. They are absolutely amazing and you could find them at most restaurants in Belize.

Mexico:

Fish Tacos:

Delicious fish tacos, one of the best signature dishes around the world

The best dish I had during my time in Tulum, Mexico was shrimp tacos from El Capitán. They were absolutely amazing with a Corona Light and also would be great with a margarita! Other great Mexican foods to consume during a trip to Mexico would be fajitas, quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas and more.

England:

Chicken and Mushroom Truffle Pie:

A chicken and mushroom pie from England

One of the best things to eat during a trip to the United Kingdom is pie, otherwise known as pot pie for Americans. You could get your pie sweet or savory. The sweet pies are usually made with berries and other fruits. The savory pies are made with a meat or fish. One of the best pie dishes I had during my time in the UK was a chicken and mushroom truffle pie from The Raven in Bath, England. On the side, I had chips (fries) along with a local beer and it was delicious!

Scotland:

Smoked Salmon Sandwich:

A smoked salmon sandwich from the Scottish Highlands

One of the best meals I had in Scotland was during my day trip to the Scottish Highlands. I savored a mouthwatering smoked salmon sandwich from the George Hotel in Inveraray, Scotland. It came with a buttery brioche bun with chips (fries) and salad on the side with a Scottish ale. It was like a party in my mouth!

Poland:

Pierogies and Potato Pancakes:

One of the best signature dishes from around the world - Polish pierogies and potato pancakes

Pierogies are the best thing to try when you visit Poland. The number one place to get traditional Polish favorites in Krakow are at Marchewka z Groszkiem in the Jewish Quarter of the city. Not only did I savor the best sauerkraut and mushroom pierogies, I also had a tasty potato pancake in a mushroom gravy with a Polish beer on the side. It was awesome and definitely made for one of my top signature dishes around the world.

Czechia:

Chicken and Potato Dumplings:

Traditional Czech food from Prague

The ultimate meal I had in Czechia was a chicken dinner (similar to chicken schnitzel) with potato dumplings on the side that were drizzled with fried onions and a Czech beer on the side. I savored it at an authentic Czech restaurant called Restaurace Staromáček in Prague. It was great!

Vietnam:

Fried Fish Spring Rolls and Vietnamese Sticky Rice:

Fried Fish Spring Rolls and Vietnamese Sticky Rice from Hanoi, Vietnam

I LOVE Vietnamese food! Throughout my travels in Vietnam, I savored a lot of delicious meals, but I found the best to be in Hanoi. During my time in the capital city, I savored the best fried fish spring rolls and Vietnamese sticky rice from Hanoi Restaurant – Vietnamese Restaurant and Cooking Class and it was definitely one of the top signature dishes from around the world that stood out to me.

Cambodia:

Seafood Hor Fun:

Seafood hor fun - one of the best Asian signature dishes around the world

Cambodian food is absolutely delicious! I absolutely loved savoring the national dishes such as fish amok and Khmer noodles, but my favorite meal there was seafood hor fun from The One by T in Siem Reap. Even though seafood hor fun is a Singaporean dish, it is popular all over Asia and it consists of a wide rice noodle, a soy-based sauce and various seafood. It is yummy!


A woman enjoying a signature floating breakfast in Bali

I hope you all enjoyed discovering my favorite signature dishes around the world and that you now have a restaurant and foodie bucket list for when you visit any of the 33 countries I mention above. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected].

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32 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on May 12, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Awesome and delicious blog ~ wow, felt like I just went to a food festival ~ great blog , awesome photos and amazing food. Thank you for all the great tips for what to eat around the world ~ love you, mom xoxo

    • Taylor Deer on May 13, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you mom! I really enjoyed writing this! 🙂

  2. Cristina on May 13, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    This blog is great! I’m a big foodie, so I’m definitely saving this post for later 🙂 There are many dishes I haven’t tried yet. I would love to try crab and lobster roll as well as ayam batutu.

    • Taylor Deer on May 13, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you so much Cristina! Also yes, you totally have to try the seafood rolls, especially if you go to the New England area of the United States 🙂

  3. Jenni on May 13, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    Great list of mouth watering food!! I totally travel to eat and discover new flavours too. We do have awesome seafood in Scotland and Slovakia’s lokse pancakes are fab. They’re superb with goose which they serve September to December 😍

    • Taylor Deer on May 14, 2020 at 9:47 am

      Thank you Jenni! Also yes, I had my lokse as a dessert, but would love to try it savory next time! 🙂

  4. Rebecca on May 14, 2020 at 6:06 pm

    So many amazing meal ideas! This gives me so many ideas of different meals to try. I love cooking.

    • Taylor Deer on May 14, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      Yes, you could definitely make these meals at home. 🙂

  5. Katie on May 15, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    Wow now I am hungry, we love trying local dishes when we travel! We are living in Thailand at the moment so obvioulsy Thai food is up there with our favourite but I would love to head to the Southern states and try chicken and waffles – it sounds wrong but I hear it is the best!

    • Taylor Deer on May 15, 2020 at 10:57 pm

      Yes, it is the best! Also that is amazing you live in Thailand. The food there is pretty delicious! 🙂 Also you totally have to try chicken and waffles, it’s so yummy!

  6. madhu sharma on May 15, 2020 at 11:57 pm

    Wow that’s a great list and mouthwatering too..I don’t knew about signature dishes of so many countries.

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you Madhu and yes, they are all so amazing! 🙂

  7. Deborah Patterson on May 16, 2020 at 3:32 am

    My mouth is watering! And it looks like you’re as obsessed with seafood as I am!

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:01 pm

      Yes, I love seafood and definitely follow more of a pescatarian diet 🙂

  8. Jiayi Wang on May 16, 2020 at 5:01 am

    You’ve listed SO MANY of my favourite dishes and I’m drooling so bad right now… pad see-ew, lobster rolls and dutch pancakes are the best! Thanks for this delicious inspo! Can’t wait to have some seafood 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      Ah thank you and yes, they all were so amazing that I keep dreaming about them lol 🙂

  9. Emma on May 16, 2020 at 8:42 am

    I loveee loads of these dishes and you’ve definitely given me some inspo to try some new things too. Vodka pasta sounds very interesting and will have to try it next time I am in the states!

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:02 pm

      Ah yay, I’m happy to hear that! Everything is so delicious! Also yes, you totally have to try the vodka pasta dishes 🙂

  10. Valentina Vucicic on May 16, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    This post made me hungry! 🙂 Great job!

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:03 pm

      haha it still makes me hungry too! 🙂

  11. Ophelie on May 16, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    OMG! I am such a foodie and this article definitely made me VERY hungry Taylor! I also love to eat local dishes when I travel!

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:04 pm

      Haha yes, it totally makes me hungry every time I scroll through it. Also yes, savoring local dishes is the best! 🙂

  12. Elena Pappalardo on May 16, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    OMG, YUM! I want to get in the kitchen as soon as possible after reading this! This is seriously such a well-crafted an impressive list, Taylor. I cannot wait for more future foodie adventures 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Haha yay! Thank you Elena and me too! 🙂

  13. Sophie on May 16, 2020 at 6:22 pm

    Oh my gosh I am soooo hungry now after reading this and admiring all the foodie photos! Particularly the food from Italy, it makes me want to go back!

    • Taylor Deer on May 16, 2020 at 10:05 pm

      Yes, the food in Italy is the best! I’m glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  14. Suvarna Arora on May 17, 2020 at 1:25 am

    Omg this made so hungry. Though I am a vegetarian and not a big foodie, I still try to eat some local dishes when I travel but my husband is a food lover.

    • Taylor Deer on May 17, 2020 at 11:12 am

      Ah yes, this isn’t the most vegetarian and vegan friendly guide, but I like seeing so many vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options when I travel now. 🙂

  15. Katie Diederichs on May 17, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Well, now my mouth is watering! Trying as much food as possible is always one of my favorite parts of traveling, and it seems like we have that in common 😉 And omg that LOBSTER ROLL! Yum!

    • Taylor Deer on May 18, 2020 at 11:46 am

      Ah yes, I’m always on the prowl for good food! Also, lobster rolls are amazing!

  16. Bettina on May 19, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    These dishes look amazing! Gnocchi pesto is one of my favorite dishes in the world! Thank you so much for sharing! I love trying foods from different cultures.

    • Taylor Deer on May 20, 2020 at 9:38 am

      Thank you Bettina! I couldn’t wait to share this one 🙂

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