My Top Eats of 2015
Being a travel and food blogger, I am constantly going to many restaurants; some good, some bad, some absolutely incredible! I try to share as many restaurant posts as I can to give you a general idea of food quality, service, and what the food looks like.
2015 was a delicious year of eating my way around the world. I’ve chosen my top eats of 2015 and compiled them into a list (with no specific order) so you can see for yourself. I hope your year was every bit as tasty.
This amazing AUTHENTIC Greek restaurant on the west coast of Florida is the real deal. Tarpon Springs has the largest Greek population outside of the country itself and you can share their culinary genius at Hellas. I loved the atmosphere of Hellas Greek Restaurant, all cheery and colorful, and the attached bakery is to-die-for!
#2 The Barking Crab (Boston, MA)
At a blogger conference, my friend Sheila and I stopped in The Barking Crab, a cute little place offering fresh seafood. Seafood doesn’t get much fresher than Boston and we were extremely happy with our food choices. I love lobster rolls that are made of poached lobster on a toasted bun with drawn butter. Barking Crab’s exceptional lobster roll was just the way I like it with no mayo or veggie fillers. Hooray!
#3 Michael’s Tasting Room (St. Augustine, FL)
St. Augustine is a fun-filled city with lots of cheesy tourist attractions (which I adore!); but this restaurant was a big surprise in its food quality. Michael’s Tasting Room is an upscale and trendy foodie’s delight. I had an amazing burger at MTR, which I paired with a side of the yummy tomato jam. The burger was so juicy and flavorful, I enjoyed every bite.
#4 Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe (Sanford, FL)
I love German food, so as we drove past an authentic German restaurant in Sanford, we had to stop. Good call, Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe is the ultimate for German eats. From the fat, salty pretzel with cheese sauce and spicy mustard to the Wiener Schnitzel with cabbage and Späetzle, it was a great dining experience.
#5 Fort Lewis Lodge (Millboro, VA)
My daughter and I visited Warm & Hot Springs this summer. Since I was new to the area, I googled best restaurants and the Fort Lewis Lodge popped up. Though it was a long drive to the destination, the home cooked comfort food was so tasty that I would gladly do it again. It is a do-not-miss if you are in Fort Lewis and for goodness sake, do not skip dessert.
#6 Peter D’s (Murfreesboro, TN)
Peter D’s is the brainchild of the son of a very famous restauranteur in Tennessee. His menu is a collection of deliciousness that I had the hardest time choosing from. Everything sounded and tasted wonderful! The Blue Cheese Toast was so gooey and cheesy…I nearly licked my fingers after devouring it. I cannot wait for the CMA Music Fest next year because I will certainly be back for more!
#7 Panamonte Inn (Boquete, Panama)
Panamonte, located at the hotel by the same name, is my favorite spot to eat at in Boquete. Panamonte delivers satisfying and tasty meals every time we visit. Their pasta dishes and Beef Carpaccio are my absolute faves. You must try Panamonte’s Sunday brunch; the Benedicts are superb and the Swedish pancakes (with melted butter, maple syrup, and strawberries) will make your eyes roll back in your head!
#8 Waterwheel Restaurant (Warm Springs, VA)
The Waterwheel Restaurant was my #1 meal of 2015. My daughter and I were guests of the Inn at Gristmill Square. While there, we dined at the onsite restaurant Waterwheel, a lovely dining spot with excellent service. Our food was magnificent. I had the Salmon with risotto and asparagus which was really good. Dessert was the favorite—a deconstructed carrot cake that was just the right amount of sweetness, size, and tasted like “home”.
#9 Polyzos Taverna (Meteora, Greece)
On my visit to Meteora, Greece, my friend and I gave our tour guide had one rule: find us a delicious Greek meal. He did well in choosing as our lunch at Polyzos Taverna had my two favorite Greek dishes: Moussaka and Pastitsio. I had one and my friend had the other. Both were cooked perfectly with savory meat and a smooth & silky béchamel sauce. They even browned it picture-perfect on top!
#10 Zornitza (Nessebar, Bulgaria)
Zornitza was certainly the least fattening and simplest meal on my 2015 list. Bulgaria is famous for this Shopska Salads. Bulgaria has the freshest and most flavorful cucumbers and tomatoes of any I’ve tried in the world! Just a few basic ingredients tossed together with a vinaigrette and dusted with a local cheese were sensational. I could eat healthy every day if our vegetables in the United States were that darned tasty.
#11 Chucherias Hondurenas (Holly Hill, FL)
Chucherias Hondurenas is a hidden jewel right on the border of Daytona Beach, Florida. It is also where I tried my first Honduran dishes. The chef and owner of the restaurant brought over several menu items for me to try. They were all so yummy; the flavors blended so well in the beans, rice, chicken, and beef. The atmosphere and decor of Chucherias made me feel right at home. Try the Sticky Toffee for a real sweet tooth satisfying dessert.
A Tasty Year If I Say So Myself
And there you have it, my top eats 2015. Discovering delicious and unique foods while traveling are the icing on the cake and I have been very lucky in my finds. I cannot wait to see Wherever I May Roam in 2016. Do you have your travel calendar started yet? I would love to hear what you have planned. Drop me a line!
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