As most of our stories do, this began as an argument. Liz was espousing the virtues of Georgian food, which I had summarily dismissed, and then, during the following geeky discussion of random countries’ cuisines, we began to wonder how each part of Europe stacked up against the others.
And so we dug into the countries (between us, we’ve visited 39 of 48 on the list) and came up with rules: the biggest factor had to be the indigenous cuisine (in other words, Ireland doesn’t get extra credit just because Dublin has a spectacular Indian restaurant), the food and drink culture within its cities and towns, and the variety that exists within each place. Sure, some countries may cook up one thing extraordinarily well, but what else c
48. Vatican City
The one restaurant in Vatican City quickly puts an end to the rumor that you can only eat at Communion, and Rome is sitting there, right outside, waiting with fresh cacio e pepe, but, still… the country has one restaurant. Give Pope Francis some options!
47. Faroe Islands
If you get tired of eating skerpikjøt, they have something called scurvy grass, “whose sour leaves can compensate for the lack of fresh vegetables.”
an they do? As my Grandfather used to say, just because you can juggle doesn’t mean you can dance. Gastronomically speaking, we want the places that can juggle AND dance. And maybe cook too.
As with anything that exists on the Internet, we will have missed some dishes or failed to point out a key component in blood soup or made horrible Hungary puns. And we apologize and trust you will keep us honest in the comments. But until then, strap in, because you are about to go on a whirlwind culinary tour. Maybe try and avoid the scurvy grass.
While they do have Njeguška pršuta, which is essentially their version of prosciutto, and is delicious, they’re also big fans of not-so-delicious clear fish soups and smoked bleak, which sounds like a depressing murder mystery, but is actually a fish in the carp family. UNLESS THAT’S JUST WHAT THE REAL MURDERERS WANT YOU TO THINK!
The food here is good! French and Spanish cuisine. Problem is — it’s all imported, and not their own original food, so… you don’t get credit for that.
If you could eat untaxed income, Monaco would be a lot higher on this list. But you can’t, so Monaco is not very high on this list.
I went to this country in 2007 to get the fancy fake passport stamp they make available. And then I ate Thai food. And while Liechtenstein is lovely, mostly all of their food — save hafalaaban (soup with ham and cornmeal dumplings!) — comes from other countries, and so we must invoke a partial Andorra clause.
We really wanted to put Ukraine higher, because we’re full of compassion what with all of the problems with Russia, but all that jellied meat and fermented rye bread kvass and sour milk drinking… we just can’t. I’m sorry.
In the food and drinks section of, under traditional food, there is nothing. Same for drinks. On another site, they point out that people in Kosovo now eat French toast. But they seem to have burek, flija, and all sorts of spinach pies, and Šarski cheese is relatively famous, so we’ll just assume that the web admin for BeinKosovo just got lazy updating the site.