A side of surprise with that?
Boston to Addis Ababa, filling station to church basement, travelers recall their unforgettable meals from around the globe
Every traveler has tales to tell: delayed flights, run-down hotels, misplaced passports, dreadful food. When youre away from home, meals are especially important. They provide rest during jam-packed days, time to review where youve been and where youre headed, a moment to savor some of the culture that brought you there in the first place. Even people who wouldnt call themselves foodies are keen to discover a bit of local color on their plate or in their glass. When what you encounter is dull or frankly unpleasant it can easily spoil the days fun. But stumbling upon a good meal where you least expect it is a thrill and supplies the plot twist to stories youll tell again and again. These writers found heavenly food in a gas station in Argentina, a clock factory in Germany, at a fast-food place in Southern California, in a biker bar in Virginia, in rural Wisconsin, Vienna, Ethiopia, and more. They came home with these memorable morsels.
A cuckoo clock factory provides zesty meal in Germany: chicken curry.
An Asian oasis in a tiny northern California town.
Finding something amid the fries, never before seen on a takeout menu: avocado.
I never, ever eat at McDonalds, particularly in a country offering such dazzling choices as China does. But my desire for an Egg McMuffin was overwhelming.
Video Soul food
With exploration, Boston yields great food in surprising places.
San Juan, Argentina
Local specialties from a gas station restaurant.
Wood County, Wis.
An unwanted hunting trip brings an uninvited, yet tasty, surprise.
If you’ve never had a fresh, perfectly grilled pork chop, cut thick so it sears on the outside and stays juicy on the inside, then you may want to visit the Iowa State Fair. Really.
Virginia Beach, Va.
There wasn't biker bar brawl, but Ill gladly take a great breakfast as a consolation prize.
A luckless vegetarian tries to go meatless in the Eastern Bloc.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
I was high in the Mercato when our driver suggested we eat kitfo.