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Favorite Places to Eat
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Have you had an awsome Kebab in London? Know where to get the best Paella in Valencia? Let everyone know — post your favorite places to eat in Europe.

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  1. The name of the place
  2. The city it’s located
  3. What makes it unique

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To date, my favorite restruant in the world is in Veliko Turnovo, Bulgaria.  I don’t know the name, I think it was shaslitsvia or something similar to that, I think we just never learned it because after eating one meal all we cared about was how to get back, and of course its in cyrillic.  Its in the center of town on the main street, Stramblov.  The hostel in town will probably suggest it to you, if not, just ask them or anyone really, its definately the best and most popular place in town.  Serves traditional bulgarian food, its all absolutely delicious, even the stuff we couldn’t pronounce was.  Try the stuff cooked in traditional earthen pots. It also has a pizzeria.  Prices are very cheap for huge portions. 

My second fav: La Rosa Nautica in Lima, Peru.  Its kind of an up-scale place, but you don’t have to dress up if you don’t want.  Try to go for lunch, great specials and more laid back.  It also sits over the Pacific ocean, so cool scenery and atmosphere.  They serve great seafood and the best ceviche I’ve ever eaten, its a high quality place but a good value. 

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Prague: Rustika. Near Sir Toby’s hostel. Family-style atmosphere. Large portions Czech food, as well as some things you might be more familiar with. Under $10 USD per person including soft drink or beer.

Copenhagen: Peder Oxe. Wonderful beef house with a very good salad bar. Tip: sit at an outside table; it’s cheaper, but it’s all the same kitchen, and nearly identical menus vs. sitting inside. $30 USD + per person, goes up quickly and steeply if you add wine.
Copenhagen: Riz Raz. Mediterranean vegetarian buffet. I’m a meat-eater, and I still love this place. Lunch buffet 69DKK, plus drinks.
Copenhagen: Ankara Restaurant. Turkish lunch buffet until 4pm for 49 DKK, including salads and meats. As good as Riz Raz, if not a half-notch better, yet it’s cheaper. A few locations; I just ate at the one on Krystalgade near the Round Tower.

Garmisch, Germany: Fraundorf. Hearty Bavarian fare. The big schnitzel platter is FRIGGIN HUGE. Great atmosphere. 15-20 euros, plus beers.

Interlaken, Switzerland: Migros supermarket deli and cafeteria near Interlaken West train station. There’s 2 train stations in Interlaken, and each has a supermarket nearby. The station with the big block fountain and the Coop grocery isn’t the one—it’s the other one (Interlaken West). With water behind you, exit right from the station, walk about 300m to the far end of a small shopping mall. Lots of outdoor and indoor seating, lots of variety at decent prices (under $10 USD); as casual as you want.

Juarez, Mexico: Barrigas. Another wonderful beef house, Mexican-style. Superb margaritas. $20 USD + per person, plus drinks (about $3 margarita).

Stavanger, Norway: Ekofisk chip shop. (Cil’s post below reminded me a of this great little chip shop). Right at the harbor on a plaza with a fountain. It doesn’t get any fresher. A few tables inside, but mostly take-away, and there’s lots of places in the pretty plaza, or along the waterfront, to sit and enjoy. Fish, chips, soups, sandwiches, $8+.

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In London I’ve enjoyed the North Sea Fish Restaurant, 7 Leigh Street in Bloomsbury.
The fish ‘n chips were cooked before our eyes and we could eat in the restaurant. Good price, good food, friendly service.

In Paris, for a splurge, we ate at Le Florimond, 19, av de La Motte-Picquet, 7th arrondissement. Locals and tourists alike eat there. Food was to die for, the place is cozy, the service kind and unpretentious, price maybe 35 euro per person.
Laurent, the owner, is a nice guy.
He cares about what he does, and so does his staff. Try the duck.

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Wok Quing. Im not sure if its a chain and they have the all over the world but its my favourite place in valencia. You make your own wok meal from raw ingredients, plenty of stuff, 6 asian flavours, plus sushi, prepared asian meals, desserts, etc. And suprisingly cheap.

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In Valencia, whereabouts exactly is wok quing? I lived in VLC from 2003-5 and it’s not a name that I recognise.

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It’s spam jonniboy
 
My favourite meal was at the McDonalds in Moscow’s Red Square. After 2 weeks of eating that pish russians call food it tasted like heaven

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London:
Khans in Notting Hill
Lahori Kabab house in East End.
Kebabish at Wembleys
 
are really really superb.

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Cil,
Can you elaborate more on the fish place?
 
I went to a place called Sole and Plaice from the Zagat guide or Michellin. It stated they are the best and only authentic fish and chips restaurant still standing.
 
What i saw was frozen fish, dipped in dough, deep fried and served. Nothing more than the fish and chips on High street.

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[*]The name of the place – Ronnie the Hot Dog Vendor

[*]The city it’s located – Front Street, Toronto

[*]What makes it unique – Ronnie sneezes on the hotdogs
 

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Holland/Limburg-Approx 15 K’s from Maastricht/Kasteel-Wittem
Excellent food-ambience-spend the night. This castle/Restaurant/Hotel is worth the coinage
 
http://www.kasteel-wittem.nl/indexgb.htm
 
 France/Alsace (on the wine road) Le Cerf, near Marlenheim
Another spend the night joint. AWESOME!!! Wake up to the smell of fresh breads and baked stuff-You gotta check this place out to believe it.

http://www.dininginfrance.com/LeCerf_Bown_review.htm
 
http://www.cookfrance.com/pages/trip.php?ID=26
 
Germany/Bavaria/Garmisch-Hotel Forsthaus Graseck
 
Yes, you have to take the cable car to get there. High above the Partnachklamm  (http://freenet-homepage.de/weberconnect_free/klamm.htm) is the Hotel. The restaurant is outstanding and copious amounts of ingestable substances shall provide sustenance for an incredible hike down the gorge the following morning.
 
http://www.forsthaus-graseck.de/index_e.html
 
A few of my favorites….Hope somebody enjoyz.
 



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In Hallstatt, Austria, I ate at a few nice places. I’m pretty sure both were in the Rick Steves book (which I didn’t read till after I had been there), but both were basically inside of/part of lodgings. Gasthaus zur Mühle has bitchin pizza (and maybe other stuff, I dunno haha) and kind of has a “sports bar” atmosphere. Only negative I can say about the place is it seems like they open and close whenever the dude there feels like it… but whaddya gonna do, it’s a puny village in the middle of nowhere, ya know? The other place I ate, Gasthof Zauner, serves trout from the lake the size of my arm for like 15 euros and they’re all really nice, despite the fact they have to dress up in lederhosen and sing all the time .

I hope to go back one day Smile

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Hi, Iam Ajay wants to know the list of best European country hotel comfortable in every aspect having good food, best price, and better service.
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It is tricky to find restaurants that will not rip you off in Rome, most restaurants are all pretty expensive but many times you will pay the same for a crappy meal as one that you will never forget (in a good way). Gabriello’s was my absolute favourite place to eat in my 10 days in Rome. I went back there twice and was amazed by the feshness of their seafood. My favourite was the lobster linguine. Fresh lobster in a light tomatoey sauce that in flavoured with the perfect combination of herbs. I had the same dish at another restaurant but the lobster was not as fresh and the sauce tasted like it was from a can.

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My favourite places in Prague to eat, i would travel to Prague just to eat here!!
Restaurante Brasiliero (just behind clock and round corner in main square)
Pastafresca (just off a side street of main square)
both owned by Ambiente group and gorgeous, if you love meat Brasiliero is for you, but also does lovely salads and fish for those who dont. You can choose a single dish off the menu or go for the all-you-can eat option which is really good fun!The chefs come straight out of the kitchen with all different kinds of meats on skewers and give you a slice of each, first they may come out with spiced beef, next irish beef, next prawns, bbq pineapple, chicken, roast lamb etc. There all coooked in different ways with different flavours.You can say no to ones you dont want or simply skip a course if you need a break and are getting a little full! great brazilian vibe and cocktails too, would recommend listenin to your waiters choice of cocktail for you, we listened both times we’ve been there and have not been disappointed!
Pastafresca is a really good italian restaurant, great for food and give excellent advice on wines. I would recommend the chocolate fondue for dessert, simply devine!
Neither restaurants are very expensive!

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Oooh I have a couple!

Prague: Pivovarsky Dum. Awesome Bohemian stews and other such rich food, + 8 brewed-in-house unpasteurized, unfiltered beers on tap.

Partenkirchen: Gaststätte Ludwigstuben‎. Great authentic Bavarian food…outdoor seating if you want it…huge German Shepherd to greet you…friendly old woman cooking and serving…just perfection.

Ljubljana: Čompa. Frequented almost only by locals, served a group of 7 of us a HUGE grilled meat/cheese/veggie platter, + wine, + bottled water, + apres-dinner palinka for $30/person. Domed brick rooms, cozy, rough-hewn wood. Amazing.

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The very good kebab in london is here

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What are some of the “in” places to eat and hang out in Prague?? I lived there in the mid 90’s, and knew of some cool places. Prague has become such a tourist nightmare though, I’m sure I won’t even be able to find my bearings..

Looking for some cool ex-pat hangouts, but not tourist traps..

Back in the day, Radost FX was cool, maybe Chez Marcel to take a chick to eat, Jo’s Bar and U Maleho Glena, et al.. Just wondering if there are any other cool places. Used to frequent the Globe, but that was getting very US college-student-y in an annoying sort of way… Is it even still there?..

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Florence, Italy

*Il Latini *is probably the best restaurant in the city. They open at 7:30 but you have to call to get a reservation beforehand and in the summer months it gets difficult.
They have no real written menu which makes it so much more authentic. The food is fantastic and the have the best fiorentine steak in the world.

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Nice Suggestions…, Thank you guys…

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I haven’t been there yet, but I hear the Victor Hugo Market in Toulouse, France has a bunch of great restaurants that serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Toulouse also seems to have a chocolatiere at every corner—good stuff.
In the old part of Rouen, we had a very good, reasonably priced dinner here:
L’Espiguette
The translated review says there’s not much chance of getting a table without a reservation, but in May of last year it did not seem too difficult.

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Quit advertising your book here.

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1. The name of the place —— MC downland.
2. The city it’s located———— All over country.
3. What makes it unique——- All type fast food.

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El Tigre in Madrid for tapas.

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Rodizio Panthera
In Hamburg, Germany
All- you can eat for 20 euro, its absolutely the best meat- restaurant i´ve evr been!

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Lots of places in Berlin to get a Doner Kebab! I would say one near Goerlizter Bahnhof – dont know the name exactly but its rather tasty I must say!

There is also a hidden gem of an ice cream cafe situated near I live in Berlin, only 2 euros for 2 scoops and the ice cream is incredible. I would recommend it to anyone! Absolutely delicious.

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Well, if youare in Paraguay you simply must go to Leo bar:) you can drink there the whole night and the prices are almost rediculously low. there is also a nice nightclub just around the corner so you can enjoy nice dancing after a few cocktails^)

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Kadiri’s (Indian) specialising in Mughlai (I guess)
on High Road, Willesden Green, London NW2
Speciality: Peshwari Naan: stuffed with Mango, Coconut and Nuts.

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Nice! Always good to get indian recommendations in London.

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