Coffee Culture Around the World

From the simple Italian espresso shot to traditional Turkish coffee ceremonies, see how people around the world take their cup of coffee.

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Unwrap a Burrito

Unwrap a Burrito

Locals are addicted to bulging burritos stuffed with endless ingredients. Splurge on Papalote’s massive Triple Threat burrito, which packs in nearly two pounds of shrimp, chicken and steak  — a perfect share for a pair of ambitious eaters. Smaller appetites can check out the one exceptional exception to the rice inside the burrito standard at La Taqueria 960 1280

Tamara Palmer  

Graze at a Farmers Market

Graze at a Farmers Market

San Francisco is full of farmers markets big and small where locals go to sample and score a wide variety of produce  -- for the kitchen or even a quick bite. The most bountiful of the year-round weekly affairs takes place at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturdays, but don’t overlook the smaller neighborhood farmer’s markets like the Castro Farmers’ Market 960 1280

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Patronize Old-School Taco Trucks

Patronize Old-School Taco Trucks

Stalwart Mexican taco trucks like El Gallo Giro and Tacos San Buena pre-dated the current proliferation of trucks that serve every type of food imaginable. At $2 or less apiece, they also offer one of the last remaining bastions of extreme food value in the area. 960 1280

Tamara Palmer  

Try New School Food Trucks

Try New School Food Trucks

If you can dream up a meal, it’s probably available on wheels. Off The Grid offers a vast number of weekly truck gatherings with an ever-growing array of international vendors, while converted parking lots like SoMa StrEat Food Park and G Food Truck Lounge provide permanent places for trucks to rotate through. 960 1280

Tamara Palmer  

Seek Ice Cream in All Weather Conditions

Seek Ice Cream in All Weather Conditions

San Franciscans are not fair-weather friends to ice cream; we devour both classic and experimental flavors with passion no matter the temperature. A tin roof sundae at Humphry Slocombe or an avocado milkshake at Mitchell’s Ice Cream warms our hearts all year long.  960 1280

Tamara Palmer  

Bloody Sunday

Bloody Sunday

Let’s face it: San Francisco is a food town and Sunday brunch is not a spectator sport. Expect crowds and long lines. We’ve found that Bluestem Brasserie and Foreign Cinema are solid go-tos. They accept reservations and are generally accommodating to larger groups.  960 1280

Tamara Palmer  

Top Ramen

Top Ramen

San Francisco’s obscure Japanese noodle soup shops were once the speakeasies of the food world, but now one can’t sling a lucky cat without hitting one. Try homeland exports like Men Oh Tokushima Ramen and Yamadaya (which has locations all over California) for a true taste of different styles. 960 1280

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Two for Me

Two for Me

Afternoon tea isn’t just for old ladies anymore. Fancy it up on a Saturday at the Fairmont or take the guys along on a Sunday picnic on the patio for a hearty tea at Charles Chocolates. 960 1280

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Be Animal Free

Be Animal Free

Vegan restaurants remind us that food can be made without cruelty and still satisfy. Most popular are Asian spots like Golden Era and Cha-Ya, which have achieved cult-like status without using animal products. 960 1280

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Go Off Menu

Go Off Menu

If you grill it, they will come. Secret items are a fun way to keep locals feeling connected to a restaurant. Some, like the off-menu burger served on Tuesdays at Rosamunde Sausage Grill’s Haight Street location, keep insiders wanting more.  960 1280
Dip in a Hot Pot

Dip in a Hot Pot

The best all-you-can-eat action around can be found at the rapidly rising number of hot pot purveyors. Japanese places like Nabe and Shabuway present polite sets of vegetables and thinly sliced raw meat to swish-cook in hot broth, while Chinese spots like i-Pot and Dragon Beaux add dumplings into the mix. 960 1280

Tamara Palmer  

Get Toasted

Get Toasted

The once humble slice of toast has been elevated to a meal requiring a knife and fork at joints like The Mill and Outerlands, where breads are baked on site and then covered in decadent smears or served as the base for open faced sandwiches. 960 1280

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Try a Pop-Up Meal

Try a Pop-Up Meal

A pop-up meal in a temporary location is a wonderful way for a chef to experiment with new ideas. Visit the Michael Mina Test Kitchen for the latest beta project from the popular restaurateur or consult the Feastly calendar and sample meals made by master chefs or tender novices.  960 1280

Kevin McCullough  

Room Service

Room Service

Gone are the days of waiting forever for lousy pizza. Services like Caviar, Seamless and Postmates deliver serious gourmet meals from anywhere in San Francisco to your mouth, typically within the hour.  960 1280

Tamara Palmer  

Egg Topper

Egg Topper

Whether it’s a burger or a bowl of ramen, just about everything is better with an egg. Deviled eggs, a star on bar menus across town, might be at their most heavenly when topped with bacon and fried oysters at Hog & Rocks. 960 1280

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Dim Sum on the Fly

Dim Sum on the Fly

Locals love to nibble on the various bite-sized Chinese dumplings, noodle rolls and buns that make up the dim sum category. Delight in the delicious danger of impulse ordering off a roaming cart at City View or from a checklist at Dim Sum Club 960 1280

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Experience an Exotic Plate

Experience an Exotic Plate

A local in San Francisco has a palate for global cuisine. Travel to exotic destinations without leaving the city limits. Try Laotian and Thai food at Champa Garden; sample Iranian delights at Anar; or sail away to Sri Lanka via 1601 Bar & Kitchen. 960 1280

Tamara Palmer  

Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait

Waiting in line is a necessary evil at Tartine Bakery, where the queue starts forming daily around 4:30 p.m. to catch a baguette or specialty loaf hot and fresh out of the oven.  960 1280
Roll Play With Sushi

Roll Play With Sushi

Just about everyone in San Francisco eats sushi and its prices vary just as the clientele. Visit Ichi Sushi for a high-end experience at still-affordable prices or break the bank at Kusakabe, where a blowtorch provides endless visual entertainment to accompany the fresh fish. 960 1280

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I Scream

I Scream

Sunny skies and happy lives breed a love for sweet treats in San Francisco. The granddaddy of all desserts here is the It’s-It, a chocolate covered ice cream sandwich that has been made since 1928. 960 1280

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Vareniki

Vareniki

A Ukrainian contribution to Russian cuisine, vareniki are square- or crescent-shaped dumplings filled with mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, cheese, cabbage, meat or hard-boiled egg, or a combination of those ingredients. They're typically served smothered with butter and fried onions. What could be better? 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Pickled Vegetables

Pickled Vegetables

Russians know that pickled vegetables are good for the gut, so an assortment of them, known as soleniya, is a typical appetizer served at lunch or dinner. This plate contains a whole pickled tomato, cabbage and cucumber. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Piroshki

Piroshki

Piroshki are small, baked or fried buns eaten as a snack or appetizer. Common savory fillings include cabbage, mushrooms, beef or potatoes; sweet fillings may include fresh fruits, jam or cheeses. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Taranka

Taranka

Taranka, a salted and dried fish, is a popular snack in Russia. It's often eaten with beer to balance the saltiness. 960 1280

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Khachapuri

Khachapuri

Khachapuri, a salty, cheese-filled bread from neighboring Georgia, is a popular savory snack throughout Russia as well. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Russian Appetizers

Russian Appetizers

Traditional appetizers found on the Russian dining table include (clockwise from top): blini with red caviar; a variety of smoked fish, including salmon, butterfish and paddlefish; and Olivier salad. Moscow’s Ermitage Hotel is the birthplace of the famous Olivier salad, which is made of boiled potatoes with some combination of pickles, capers, peas, carrots, celery, egg, chicken, fish or ham, and sometimes caviar. The tang and crunch of the salad is embraced by a smooth mayonnaise dressing, adding a creamy texture. 960 1280

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Borscht

Borscht

Served either hot or cold, borscht is a popular and hearty beet soup that also happens to come in a vibrant color. 960 1280

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Kotletki

Kotletki

Russians often argue about whose mother makes the best kotletki, a small cutlet of minced meats, such as chicken, pork, beef and fish. Typical accompaniments to this lightly pan-fried patty include hearty sides including potatoes and buckwheat kasha. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Russian Cakes

Russian Cakes

Which of these 3 Russian cakes will soothe your sweet tooth the most? Will it be (clockwise from bottom) medovnik, a traditional Russian honey cake; a spongy cake with vanilla cream, apricots, prunes, raisins and nuts; or Napoleon cake, which layers flaky puff pastry with cream and nuts? 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Russian Entrees

Russian Entrees

Dinner may include entrees such as (clockwise from top) stuffed cabbage (golubtsi); traditional chicken Kiev; and beef stroganoff with buckwheat kasha. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Russian Pastries

Russian Pastries

Breakfast, dessert and special holidays call for pastries in Russia. Among the popular varieties are (clockwise from top) traditional poppy-seed rolls; sochnik, a puff pastry filled with sweet cheese and raisins; and tiny pechenie cookies with fruit filling. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Pelmeni

Pelmeni

These small, minced-meat-filled dumplings are a staple of Russian cuisine. Sometimes served in a broth, pelmeni are also eaten plain with sour cream or melted butter on top. Fillings include veal, pork, lamb or Siberian meat (a combination of veal and pork). Their thin shells set them apart from other Russian dumplings, as do their always-savory fillings. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Smoked Meats

Smoked Meats

What meat lover wouldn’t want to try this? Kolbasa, or Russian sausage, comes in a variety of forms, including smoked, cured, boiled and fresh, and is made of beef, pork or veal. Kolbasa is often eaten as a snack, sometimes with a piece of hearty, dark rye bread. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Russian Vodka

Russian Vodka

What would Russian culture be without vodka? This strong, clear beverage is distilled from potatoes and grain and is widely consumed throughout Russia. Vodka is commonly enjoyed cold from small, stemless wineglasses, usually during a meal. 960 1280

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Matryoshka Doll

Matryoshka Doll

A traditional matryoshka doll covering warms a dish of pelmeni at Mari Vanna, a Russian restaurant in New York City. 960 1280

Katie Hards  

Berky’s Restaurant at Lee Hi Travel Plaza

Berky’s Restaurant at Lee Hi Travel Plaza

All day every day, Berky’s in Lexington, VA, dishes out simple, delicious American fare. 960 1280

  

Berky’s Restaurant at Lee Hi Travel Plaza

Berky’s Restaurant at Lee Hi Travel Plaza

For those looking for a bit more meat in their meal, try Berky’s signature “King of the Road,” a 1-pound chopped steak covered in fried onions and homemade brown gravy. 960 1280

  

Berky’s Restaurant at Lee Hi Travel Plaza

Berky’s Restaurant at Lee Hi Travel Plaza

If the "King of the Road" doesn’t tickle your fancy, check out the other hearty, homemade meals on their menu. 960 1280

  

Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant

Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant

Dysart’s in Bangor, ME, has been serving all-American comfort food to hungry truckers, lumberjacks and locals for generations. 960 1280

  

Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant

Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant

Anyone who’s been to Dysart’s knows you have to save room for their blueberry pie! 960 1280

  

Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant

Dysart’s Truck Stop and Restaurant

In northern New England, hungry truckers pull into the world famous Dysart’s Truck Stop day and night because they know that this is the place that puts the “Yankee” into pot roast! 960 1280

  

R Place Restaurant

R Place Restaurant

When a driver finds a truck stop’s parking lot packed in the middle of the afternoon, he knows they’ve either got cheap gas, great food or both, and at R Place in Morris, IL, they’ll fill your tank not only with diesel, but with belly-busting burgers. 960 1280

  

R Place Restaurant

R Place Restaurant

R Place’s ginormous bakery is known for its homemade bread, handcrafted cakes and their famous German cream horns. 960 1280

  

R Place Restaurant

R Place Restaurant

It might be tempting to ogle the plethora of pastries, but don't spoil your dinner -- the menu at R Place boasts a huge variety of classic American fare! 960 1280

  

Tiger Truck Stop

Tiger Truck Stop

In Grosse Tete, LA, just 20 miles west of Baton Rouge, truckers know they can get some of the Bayou’s best homemade classics when they spot the Tiger Truck Stop. 960 1280

  

Iowa 80 Truck Stop

Iowa 80 Truck Stop

After a long day on the road, nothing fills a trucker’s tank like a buffet full of home-cooked comfort food from Iowa 80 Truck Stop in Walcott. 960 1280

  

Gramma's Kitchen

Gramma's Kitchen

Many who fuel up at Iowa 80 head to Gramma’s Kitchen across the street for a taste of Iowa’s unofficial state dish – the deep-fried pork tenderloin sandwich. Gramma’s has one of the best around. 960 1280

  

Gramma's Kitchen

Gramma's Kitchen

Real meat-and-potatoes meals and superb service make this one of the rare restaurants that truckers and travelers will go out their way for on every trip. 960 1280

  

Billy Bob's Texas Truck Stop

Billy Bob's Texas Truck Stop

The mega-roadhouse known as Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth spans over 127,000 square feet. 960 1280

  

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