Being a travel and food blogger, I am constantly going to restaurants, some good, some bad, some absolutely incredible! I try to share as many restaurant posts as I can with my readers to give you a general idea of food quality, service, and share a few photographs as well. This year was most amazing for epic food finds and here is a run down of my top eats of 2015 (in no specific order).
11 Top Eats of 2015
#1 Hellas Greek Restaurant– Tarpon Springs, Florida
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 the restaurant, all cheery and colorful, and the attached bakery is to-die-for!
#2 The Barking Crab– Boston, Massachussetts
On a blogger conference in March, my friend, Sheila, and I popped in this cute little place for fresh seafood. Seafood does not come much fresher than Boston and we were extremely happy with our choices. I like fresh lobster rolls, poached lobster in a good bun with some drawn butter and the Barking Crab’s version was spot on! No mayo or veggie fillers for this roll!
#3 Michael’s Tasting Room- St. Augustine, Florida
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. Be sure to ask for the tomato jam.
#4 Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe- Sanford, Florida
I love German food. And as we zoomed past this one in a small town called Sanford, I nearly put the car on two wheels to whip around and find a parking space. Good call; the food was German perfection. (Note: I did not post all the food I ate here as to not embarrass myself)
#5 Fort Lewis Lodge- Millboro, Virginia
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, Tennessee
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! I cannot wait for the CMA Music Fest next year because I will certainly be back for more! Kudos to Tennessee for putting one of my favorite sides, cole slaw, directly on the burger. Yum-o!
#7 Panamonte Inn- Boquete, Panama
Panamonte is the favorite spot for several of my friends in Boquete, including myself. They deliver satisfying and tasty meals every time and their pasta dishes and beef carpaccio are my absolute faves. You must try Panamonte’s brunch; their 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, Virginia
This was my #1 meal of 2015 and it took me by surprise. My daughter and I were guests of the Inn at Gristmill Square and Waterwheel is their on-site restaurant. We went for dinner on our last night in town and I was blown away. The restaurant is lovely, service is perfection, and the food is definitely to write home about. The salmon/risotto/asparagus was perfect and my daughter’s pasta, freaking awesome! My favorite was the deconstructed carrot cake that was just the right sweetness, size, and tasted like “home”.
#9 Polyzos Taverna– Meteora, Greece
On my visit to Meteora, my tour guide had one rule: find us a delicious Greek meal with moussaka and pastitsio. He did well; I tried one and my friend Jo tried the other. Both were cooked wonderfully with savory meat and flavorful béchamel sauce. They even browned it perfectly on top! I would have eaten everything they offered on the menu!
#10 Zornitza- Nessebar, Bulgaria
This was certainly the least fattening and simplest meal on my 2015 list. Bulgaria is famous for this fresh salad and it was so impressive that I dream about it quite often. The tomatoes and cucumbers are so much tastier in Eastern Europe and I could eat healthy every day if these were my choices.
#11 Chucherias Hondurenas- Holly Hill, Florida
Chucherias, a hidden jewel right on the border of Daytona Beach, provided my first sampling of foods from Honduras. The chef was so sweet and welcoming. Everything she put in front of us was magnificent and just as beautiful as it was tasty. I loved how she blended the many Honduran flavors in the chicken, rice, beans, and appetizers. They were all spot on. The atmosphere and decor of the Chucherias made us feel right at home. The sticky toffee was my favorite sweet treat of the year and dessert category winner of my top eats of 2015.
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!