Top food spots. Hey there, food enthusiasts! Food & Wine asked for the lowdown on the must-visit spots around the globe, and guess what? You guys delivered big time. From killer bakeries in Rome to game-changing fine dining in Mexico City, this list is a treasure trove of foodie heaven.
Mexico City’s Flavor Game
Mexico City’s rocking the charts here, bagging five spots on this lip-smacking list, including the top two. Paris isn’t far behind, grabbing three spots. And Rome’s proudly waving its flag with two spots, both courtesy of the legendary Roscioli family.
1. Máximo Bistrot: Mexico City, Mexico
Nestled in Roma, this farm-to-table gem serves up fancy dishes in a cozy setup. Think wooden tables, dim lights—the perfect recipe for a romantic night out. They whip up seasonal, sustainable eats with a mix of Mexican and European flair. Everyone’s buzzing about their kampachi appetizer—it’s a flavor explosion. Pro tip: Dive into their tasting menu for the full experience.
2. Pujol: Mexico City, Mexico
Chef Enrique Olvera’s masterpiece is rewriting the rules for Mexican cuisine, bringing a touch of class to traditional flavors. It’s a whole new level of Mexican food. Their legendary mole madre, aged for over 3,000 days, steals the show. And those tortillas? Made from some special heirloom corn. Want a food journey? Their taco omakase is your ticket around Mexico.
3. Antico Forno Roscioli: Rome, Italy
Not your typical sit-down spot, but this bakery’s pizza and bread? Absolutely meal-worthy. Established in 1824, it’s a Roman legend. Locals queue up for their famous pizza bianca and pizza rossa—totally worth the wait.
4. Salumeria Roscioli: Rome, Italy
Started as a grocery store, now a top-notch restaurant where folks flock for the best carbonara in Rome. Their menu boasts deli counter goodies like heavenly mozzarella di bufala and classic Roman dishes.
5. Azul Condesa: Mexico City, Mexico
Chef Ricardo Muñoz Zurita, the guy behind the Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mexican Gastronomy, knows his stuff. His joint, spread across three spots in Mexico City, serves up classic Mexican cuisine, with a special focus on Oaxacan delights. And that mole negro? An absolute flavor bomb.
6. Quintonil: Mexico City, Mexico
Run by Chef Jorge Vallejo (a Pujol alum) and his wife Alejandra Flores, Quintonil nails modern Mexican cuisine. The vibe is sleek and modern, matching their creative dishes that highlight local ingredients.
7. Bar Vendôme: Paris, France
This Belle Époque brasserie at Ritz Paris screams elegance. Perfect for a fancy night out, serving up top-notch French dishes in a setting that’s pure class.
8. Le Comptoir: Paris, France
Chef Yves Camdeborde’s Michelin-starred spot inside Le Relais Saint Germain is a tiny gem. Cozy ambiance and modern takes on French classics make this a must-visit.
9. Frenchie: Paris, France
Chef Gregory Marchand’s Frenchie is a tough nut to crack in Paris’s food scene. 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 bustling, famous for super-fresh seafood and mouthwatering tostadas.
Each of these spots is a food adventure waiting to happen. So pack your bags, get your taste buds ready, and let’s eat our way around the world!