dining room of restaurant osteria francescana in modena italy
Modena happens to be home to the number one restaurant in the world.
Photo Credit: Osteria Francescana

It's Time for a Culinary Excursion: 5 Best Restaurants in the World

Traveling for Your Taste Buds

One of the best parts of traveling is getting to enjoy good food and perhaps try something new along the way. Whether or not you call yourself a foodie, sampling the incredible cuisine available at the best restaurants in the world is sure to enhance your trip.

It is one thing to have your sights set on some of the best exotic dishes the world has to offer; it’s another to get to taste those same dishes when they have been crafted by a professional, or to have the privilege of trying a dish that is entirely unique, but was borne out of the culture and captures the flavors of the region.

You just might want to plan your future vacations around the cities these best restaurants in the world call home.

Osteria Francescana, Modena Italy

The picturesque city of Modena, which lies about 90 miles north of Florence, is considered one of Italy’s great gastronomic centers. Not surprisingly, it also happens to be home to the number one restaurant in the world (according to a list of the 50 best restaurants in the world compiled by Restaurant magazine, based on a poll of international chefs, restaurateurs, gourmands and restaurant critics).

Osteria Francescana, a tranquil, tiny restaurant, as Restaurant notes, is helmed by Massimo Bottura, whose creations are “heavily influenced by art and music,” with “three elegant rooms that make up the dining space adorned with high-quality contemporary works.” His dishes reflect his love of artists such as Wassily Kandinsky and Ai Weiwei: colorful, exuberant, fun and complex, but completely focused.

The publication points out highlights such as Autumn in New York, which reflects Bottura’s international outlook and influences. It includes pickled and preserved fall vegetables that are combined with a mineral broth featuring dried mushrooms and pumpkin concentrate, with “spectacular results.”

steps leading up to martin berasategui restaurant in lasarte, spainThe three-Michelin-starred eatery that was named after the head chef just topped the list of fine dining restaurants around the world with TripAdvisor users.Photo Credit: Martin Berasategui

Martin Berasategui, Lasarte, Spain

If you’d like to sample what TripAdvisor users have called the number one restaurant in the world, head to Lasarte, located just outside of San Sebastian in Spain’s beautiful Basque Country. The three-Michelin-starred eatery that was named after the head chef just topped the list of fine dining restaurants around the world with TripAdvisor users.

Berasategui wins for his modern take on Spanish cuisine, with exquisite a la carte and tasting menus, both of which feature innovative, unique dishes you’re unlikely to find elsewhere. Tasting menus have included items such as young pigeon that’s been charcoal roasted at a low temperature with potato and truffle bites, and red mullet with edible scale crystals.

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bar area boasting antique stools and turquoise walls with abstract carpetYou can find some pretty amazing restaurants closer to home as well, such as Duck Duck Goat, one of Chicago’s hottest restaurants. Photo Credit: Duck Duck Goat Chicago

Duck Duck Goat, Chicago, Illinois

You can find some pretty amazing restaurants closer to home as well, such as Duck Duck Goat, one of Chicago’s hottest restaurants. Lauded by many tough restaurant critics, Michael Nagrant wrote that it was a “smart, exciting melding of American ingenuity and authentic regional Chinese food.”

Chef Stephanie Izard pays homage to the cuisines of Sichuan and stateside Chinatown in an effort to create an eatery that’s as “fun as the flavor of China.” The Peking Duck, one of the most popular items on the menu, is a crisp-skinned whole bird that’s greaseless and sliced for easier eating, with accompaniments such as pineapple, pickled ramps and cucumbers, and sugar and hoisin sauces.

Many patrons come for the Forbidden Goat too, a rich bowl of black rice with roasted goat, goat liver and neon-pink pickled quail eggs.

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