Top Spots to Chow Down Globally: Reader’s Favorites

Top Spots to Chow Down Globally: Reader’s Favorites

Top spots. Hey there, food enthusiasts! Food & Wine recently asked for your go-to places worth globetrotting for—the ones you’d reserve a table at before even thinking about your travel plans. And guess what? You all delivered big time! From Rome’s epic bakeries to game-changing fine dining in Mexico City, this list is a treasure trove of culinary adventures.

Mexico City Rules the Menu

Mexico City totally rocks this list, nabbing five spots, including the top two winners. The Paris food scene ain’t far behind, grabbing three spots. And let’s not forget Rome, holding its own with two spots, both repping the Roscioli family’s culinary legacy.

1. Máximo Bistrot: Mexico City, Mexico

Tucked away in Mexico City’s cool Roma neighborhood, this farm-to-table spot dishes out fancy meals in a cozy, no-fuss setup. Picture simple wooden tables, soft lights—it’s got that perfect romantic vibe. They whip up seasonal, sustainable eats with a mix of Mexican and European styles. People can’t stop talking about their kampachi appetizer, a flavor bomb. Pro tip: Go all out with their tasting menu—it’s the real deal.

2. Pujol: Mexico City, Mexico

Chef Enrique Olvera’s masterpiece flips Mexican cuisine on its head, giving a modern twist to traditional flavors. It’s not your average Mexican joint. The legendary mole madre, aged for over 3,000 days, is the star here. And those tortillas? They’re made from some special heirloom corn. Craving an adventure? Dive into their taco omakase—it’s a taste trip across Mexico.

3. Antico Forno Roscioli: Rome, Italy

It might not be a sit-down place, but trust me, this bakery’s pizza and artisanal bread are worth making a meal out of. Born in 1824, it’s a Roman legend, known for its affordable bread and, of course, the Christmas panettone. Join the locals lining up for their famous pizza bianca and pizza rossa—you won’t regret it.

4. Salumeria Roscioli: Rome, Italy

Starting as a grocery store, Salumeria Roscioli turned into a top-notch restaurant when they added tables. Locals and tourists alike swarm here for the best carbonara in Rome. The menu flaunts meats and cheeses from their deli counter—stuff like heavenly mozzarella di bufala and classic Roman dishes like cacio e pepe.

5. Azul Condesa: Mexico City, Mexico

Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, the man behind the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mexican Gastronomy, knows his Mexican grub inside out. His joint, spread across three spots in Mexico City, serves up classic Mexican dishes with a spotlight on Oaxacan flavors. And let me tell you, their mole negro is a taste explosion.

6. Quintonil: Mexico City, Mexico

Run by Chef Jorge Vallejo (a Pujol alum) and his wife Alejandra Flores, Quintonil rocks modern Mexican cuisine. The vibe is sleek and modern, matching the creative dishes that highlight local ingredients in unique ways. Don’t miss out on their nine-course tasting menu—it’s a rollercoaster of flavors.

7. Bar Vendôme: Paris, France

This Belle Époque brasserie at Ritz Paris oozes elegance. Perfect for a fancy night out, they serve up top-notch French dishes in a setting that screams class. Start with oysters or lobster and dive into French classics like sole meunière or roasted Bresse chicken supreme. Oh, and make room for dessert—it’s a treat.

8. Le Comptoir: Paris, France

Chef Yves Camdeborde’s Michelin-starred gem inside Le Relais Saint Germain is a tiny treasure in the city. The cozy art deco vibe is ideal for savoring Camdeborde’s modern takes on French classics. The menu focuses on seasonal, market-driven cuisine, perfectly paired with their exclusive natural wine list.

9. Frenchie: Paris, France

Chef Gregory Marchand’s Frenchie is a tough nut to crack in Paris’s food scene. Having worked in top restaurants worldwide, Marchand whips up French cuisine with a twist. Despite its laid-back vibe, the kitchen pumps out inventive dishes that redefine French gastronomy.

10. Contramar: Mexico City, Mexico

In the chic Condesa neighborhood, Contramar is Chef Gabriela Cámara’s hotspot. It’s a buzzing joint known for super-fresh seafood. Their raw tuna tostadas and grilled snapper are crowd favorites, and everything from the sea here is a total win.

Every single one of these spots offers a taste adventure that’s totally worth planning your next trip around. So, grab your passport and get ready for a delicious journey!