Decadent Dishes Around the World

Can you guess which delicious destinations these sweet treats were found in?
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Schnitzel

Schnitzel

Grab a pint and get ready to enjoy schnitzel, an Austrian favorite, at Figlmüller Wollzeile in Vienna, Austria. Deep-fried and delicious.  960 1280

  

Sachertorte

Sachertorte

At Hotel Sacher in Vienna, make sure to order up a Sachertorte: two layers of soft and light chocolate cake separated by apricot jam and coated with a delicious chocolate icing. You’ve never had a chocolate cake quite like this before.  960 1280

  

Sopaipillas

Sopaipillas

Pass the sopaipillas, please! Eben Ezer in La Vega Chica market in Santiago, Chile serves up sopiapillas with pebre, giving the fried dish a little bit of a kick.  960 1280

  

Machas a la Parmesana

Machas a la Parmesana

Santiago’s Donde Augusto dishes out an unforgettable plate with machas a la parmesana. Clams and cheese—what’s not to love?  960 1280

  

Coney Dog

Coney Dog

The infamous Coney dog at Detroit, Michigan’s American Coney Island is an all-American classic you wouldn't want to miss. Topped with chili, onions and mustard—say no more. We’ll take two!  960 1280

  

Detroit-style Pizza

Detroit-style Pizza

In the mood for a slice? Stop by Detroit’s Buddy’s Pizza for their Detroit-style pizza—a square deep-dish pizza with the toppings on the bottom and sauce covering the top—and you’ll leave having devoured your daily intake of deliciousness.  960 1280

  

Scottish Breakfast

Scottish Breakfast

There’s no better way to start the day in Edinburgh, Scotland than with a Scottish breakfast! Pile a plate high with sausage, bacon, eggs and more and you’ll be ready to face the day. 960 1280

  

Shortbread

Shortbread

Freshly baked and absolutely scrumptious, shortbread from Edinburgh’s Pinnies and Poppyseeds with a cup of hot coffee is the perfect afternoon snack.  960 1280

  

Whisky

Whisky

But no trip to Scotland would be complete without sampling a 12-year-old single-malt whisky like this one, produced by Deanston Distillery of Doune. After one sip, it might be hard to leave—and not just because you’re hungover.  960 1280

  

Tteokbokki

Tteokbokki

Considered one of Seoul’s most famous street foods, tteokbokki combines chewy rice cakes and spicy red chili pepper broth for one incredible snack. Next time you’re walking the streets of Seoul, you'll want to give this dish a try.  960 1280

  

Patbingsu

Patbingsu

Dessert is calling, so naturally, it’s time for patbingsu: Korean shaved ice with condensed milk, and red bean jam and rice cakes added for even more flavor. And don’t forget the roasted soybean powder on top! Order this treat at Mok Myeok San Bang as a great way to end your culinary journey through Seoul…until next time.  960 1280

  

Sonoran Hot Dog

Sonoran Hot Dog

Eager for some local flavor in Tucson, Arizona? The Sonoran Hot Dog at El Güero Canelo is the way to go. (No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. That is bacon.)  960 1280

  

Tamales

Tamales

When in doubt, go with tamales—perfect pockets of savory goodness, right at your fingertips. And at the Tucson Tamale Company, they know tamales.  960 1280

  

Mangoyada Raspado

Mangoyada Raspado

Sugar, spice and everything nice: Tucson’s Sonoran Delights serves up mangoyada raspado topped with tamarind candy. Your taste buds might never be the same. 960 1280

  

Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls

Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls

Your grandma’s sauerkraut recipe just got an upgrade. Raise a glass—er, stein—to these Deep-fried Sauerkraut Balls from Der Braumeister in Cleveland, Ohio.  960 1280

  

Polish Boy Sandwich

Polish Boy Sandwich

Freshly chopped coleslaw, French fries, original recipe barbeque sauce and an all-beef hot dog sandwiched together in a bun. Yes, this flavor-explosion has a name: It’s the Polish Boy sandwich from Seti’s Polish Boy food truck in Cleveland. Road trip, anyone? 960 1280

  

Buckeyes

Buckeyes

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Malley’s Chocolates in Cleveland! The combination of chocolate and peanut butter make for one tasty, creamy candy. (And they're perfect for the holidays!) 960 1280

  

Vuelve a la Vida

Vuelve a la Vida

Seafood lovers, this one is for you: Vuelve a la Vida. Served up in Veracruz, Mexico, the cocktail is made with crab, shrimp, oysters AND octopus—proving you can never really have too much seafood in one dish—with spicy tomato sauce and avocado.  960 1280

  

Café Lechero

Café Lechero

Move over, Pumpkin Spice Latte! In Veracruz, treat yourself to a café lechero to tackle your caffeine carving. 960 1280

  

Feteer

Feteer

Sweet toppings or savory toppings, you decide. There’s no wrong way to enjoy feteer in Dubai.  960 1280

  

Pani Puri

Pani Puri

Pani puri—fried hollow shells filled with flavored water, potato, chutney and crispy balls of chickpea flour—is a dish worth booking a trip to Dubai for.  960 1280

  

Carne Asada Fries

Carne Asada Fries

Where in the world can you get these carne asada fries? San Diego, of course! At Lolita’s Taco Shop, ditch the ketchup and pile your fries high with seasoned carne asada, cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole. (Just make sure to ask for extra napkins.) 960 1280

  

Tostada de Pulpo

Tostada de Pulpo

Tostada de Pulpo isn’t just pleasing to the eye—it tastes great, too! Romesco’s dish combines crispy fried tostada with sautéed octopus, caramelized onion paste, chopped preserved lemon, fresh seagrass and jalapeños for extra heat.  960 1280

  

Banh Mi

Banh Mi

Say goodbye to your usual sandwich order because the banh mi might be your new go-to. In Ho Chi Minh City, this French-inspired Vietnamese sandwich combines pate, mayonnaise, cold cut, pickled cucumber, carrot and daikon all on a soft, warm baguette. Pick this one up at Banh Mi Nguyen Sinh in District 1.  960 1280

  

Oreille de Cochon

Oreille de Cochon

Soak in the energy of the South and chow down on beignets at Café de Amis in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Stuffed with boudin and topped with cane syrup, Oreille de Cochon is one mouthwatering dish you won’t soon forget.  960 1280

  

Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor

Victoria Harbor not only provides Hong Kong with amazing views, but also amazing seafood. Much of the city’s delicious cuisine includes fresh fish from these waters. 960 1280

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Typhoon-shelter crab

Typhoon-shelter crab

The typhoon-shelter crab dish served at Hee Kee is made in a cooking style called Bei Feng Tang, which combines chilies, garlic, scallions and the perfect crab. 960 1280

  

Congee

Congee

A bowl of Mui Kee's signature dish, a favorite Chinese breakfast called congee, features fish, fresh meats and broth seasoned with ginger and mandarin peel. 960 1280

  

Zurich

Zurich

Situated along the lake that shares its name, Zurich is a wealth of great food. From chocolate to cheese, you can always find something rich and delicious in Switzerland’s largest city. 960 1280

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Alplermagronen

Alplermagronen

The traditional Swiss meal Alplermagronen consists of macaroni, potato, onion, cheese, cream and apple. It’s like mac-and-cheese casserole with a Swiss twist. 960 1280

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Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese is heated until the top has melted, which is then scraped off over potatoes to create a gooey but delicious dish.  960 1280

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St. Louis

St. Louis

This Gateway to the West has come to represent St. Louis since it was completed in 1965. The monument was not initially greeted with a lot of public support, but the promise of new jobs to help construct the arch quickly changed opinions. The arch sits on the west bank of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis and is the tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere. 960 1280

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St. Louis-Style Pizza

St. Louis-Style Pizza

You may have heard of New York- or Chicago-style pizza, but there is another city that lays claim to its own spin on the tomato pie. In St. Louis, pizza is built on cracker-thin crusts made without yeast and includes Provel cheese, which is a combination of provolone, Swiss and white cheddar cheeses. 960 1280

  

Pork Steak

Pork Steak

St. Louis natives love barbecue, so it’s no surprise that they take the same cut of meat typically used for pulled pork (pork shoulder) and cook it like a beef steak. This slow-cooked dish is a staple in any St. Louis BBQ restaurant. 960 1280

  

Munich

Munich

The Alps’ peaks provide the perfect backdrop for the Munich city skyline. 960 1280

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Schnitzel

Schnitzel

Usually made from pork, schnitzel is tenderized, battered and fried before being served with a variety of sides, such as potatoes, peppers or a cream sauce. The dish is so popular in Germany that it has found its way into kitchens in other countries via German immigrants and is now enjoyed around the world.  960 1280

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Pretzels

Pretzels

The pretzel is one of the most iconic foods in the world. Be it from a street vendor, ballpark or bakery, this knotted dough can be found almost everywhere. But despite its global accessibility, the pretzel got its start in seclusion, most likely originating in German monasteries during the Middle Ages. 960 1280

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Ramen

Ramen

You can find a heaping bowl of ramen almost anywhere. But you won’t get the real deal unless you are in Tokyo, where the dish has been mastered over centuries. 960 1280

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Tokyo

Tokyo

Known for its electric energy, Tokyo features some exquisitely unique cuisine, from crispy, elegant shrimp tempura to sushi made with jewel-like precision. 960 1280

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Yakitori

Yakitori

At Bird Land restaurant in Tokyo, chef Toshihiro Wada serves up beautiful displays of various yakitori dishes, including skewered chicken parts of all types. 960 1280

  

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

The iconic and historic skyline of Florence, Italy 960 1280

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Pasta

Pasta

Perhaps nowhere else in the world can you get fresh pasta as you can in Florence. 960 1280

  

Gelato

Gelato

Gelato served up fresh and delicious from Vivoli in Florence.  960 1280

  

Boston

Boston

The Boston Harbor shining brightly at dusk. 960 1280

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Boston Cream Pie

Boston Cream Pie

The Boston cream pie is one dessert that you can find almost anywhere. But to get the original, you have to go to Boston. 960 1280

  

Boston Baked Beans

Boston Baked Beans

Boston baked beans may be the most recognizable food for a city affectionately nicknamed, Beantown. 960 1280

  

The Acropolis

The Acropolis

The Acropolis in Athens, Greece, with Lycabettus Hill in the background. 960 1280

  

Dolmades

Dolmades

These dolmades, or rolled grape leaves stuffed with rice, herbs, onions and minced meat, are from Taverna Louizidis in Athens, Greece. 960 1280

  

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

A slice of the legendary spanakopita, made from a 100-year-old recipe, at Bougatsadiko Thessaloniki in the Psirri area of Athens, Greece. 960 1280

  

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower adds a stunning backdrop for any dining adventure in Paris. 960 1280

  

Macarons

Macarons

A gorgeous gift box of a dozen fresh macarons from Arnaud Larher in Paris. 960 1280

  

Café La Palette

Café La Palette

The fresh bread cart at Café de la Palette in Paris. 960 1280

  

London

London

A skyline view of London’s Financial District and the historic Tower Bridge. 960 1280

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Roast's

Roast's

Roast's traditional Sunday roast is topped with a healthy portion of gravy before being served to hungry customers in London. 960 1280

  

Toff's of Muswell Hill

Toff's of Muswell Hill

Fresh fish and chips are fried and ready to be devoured at Toff's of Muswell Hill. 960 1280

  

New York City

New York City

New York City is a food lover’s paradise. With so many cultural influences, there is always something new and delicious to satisfy your appetite.  960 1280

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John's of Bleecker Street

John's of Bleecker Street

The pizza from John's of Bleecker Street is a New York treat —arguably the best pizza in the city. 960 1280

  

Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's Delicatessen

The legendary pastrami sandwich from Katz's Delicatessen is a must-try for foodies young and old. The New York landmark is the oldest working deli in the United States (since 1888!). 960 1280

  

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Bourbon Street, New Orleans

Dusk falls over Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. While generally known for its outrageous nightlife (especially during Mardi Gras), NOLA is a food lover’s mecca, with Cajun cuisine inspired by unique local flavors. 960 1280

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The Muffuletta Sandwich

The Muffuletta Sandwich

The muffuletta from Central Grocery is a sandwich with layers of salami, ham, cheese and olive salad that looks almost as good as it tastes. 960 1280

  

Creole Gumbo

Creole Gumbo

The Creole gumbo made by James Beard Award-winning chef Tory McPhail at Commander's Palace in New Orleans is loaded with seafood, sausage, rice and deliciousness. 960 1280

  

Pizza Rock (Las Vegas)

Pizza Rock (Las Vegas)

Just a few miles north of Paris (the casino, that is), you’ll find a true taste of Italy on the original Vegas Strip: Pizza Rock. Don’t be fooled by this 185-seat pizzeria’s rock ’n’ roll vibe, the tricked-out truck turned DJ booth, or the Vegas showmanship. Co-owner and chef Tony Gemignani is one of the most acclaimed pizzaiolos in the world, and he has not 1 but 9 ovens at his disposal.  960 1280

  

What to Order: The Mob Boss

What to Order: The Mob Boss

This Sicilian-style pizza is made in a New York-style East Coast pan, and it is BIG. Beneath the behemoth lies the “greatest dough on Earth,” which, at 72 hours old, has had a long time to ferment and rise, creating a light, airy crust with a delicious, complex flavor. And since this is The Boss we’re talking about, it’s topped with meat, meat and more meat  — Italian salami, pepperoni, Portuguese pork sausage and bacon, to be exact.


Watch: How to Make Pizza Rock's New York Pizza

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Paulie Gee's (Brooklyn, NY)

Paulie Gee's (Brooklyn, NY)

Brooklyn is known for having the best pizza in the country, and Paulie Gee's in Greenpoint is the best in Brooklyn. Chef Paulie Gee, who says he is a “pizza enthusiast first and foremost,” built his 1,000-degree, wood-fire pizza oven in 2007 and has been serving up blazing-hot slices ever since. 960 1280

  

What to Order: The Ricotta Be Kiddin’ Me and the Feel Like Bacon Love

What to Order: The Ricotta Be Kiddin’ Me and the Feel Like Bacon Love

Two of the chef’s favorites are the Ricotta Be Kiddin’ Me, a white pie with Italian fennel sausage, fresh basil, Canadian bacon and ricotta cheese, and the Feel Like Bacon Love, “because it combines some of my favorite things in life — tomatoes, butter and bacon.” But Paulie doesn’t use any old basil or tomatoes; he takes great care to keep his ingredients’ origins secret, including removing and burning the labels from the cans of tomatoes used in his red sauce. 960 1280

  

Matthew’s Pizza (Baltimore)

Matthew’s Pizza (Baltimore)

On the banks of the Chesapeake, Matthew’s Pizza in Highlandtown has been cranking out deep-dish, double-stuffed pies since 1943. It has its own breed of Maryland-style deep-dish, which you won’t get anywhere else in the country. 960 1280

  

What to Order: Anna’s Stuffed Pie and the Crab Pie

What to Order: Anna’s Stuffed Pie and the Crab Pie

Anna’s Stuffed Pie has not 1 but 2 layers of light, airy dough, tomato sauce (made with a secret, 71-year-old recipe), 2 kinds of Italian meet and lots of mozzarella — think of it as a stuffed pizza, not just a stuffed crust. And because Maryland means crab, you have to try the Crab Pie, which is made with chunks of Maryland’s famously sweet blue-crab meat, Old Bay, onions, shredded mozzarella and Argentine Reggianito cheese for a bit of tang. 960 1280

  

Apizza Scholls (Portland, OR)

Apizza Scholls (Portland, OR)

Apizza Scholls’ Neapolitan-style pies have old-country authenticity a-popping. Owner Brian Spangler is a savvy foodie, just like his Portland clientele, and he serves elevated takes on the classics that have them lining up outside the door. 960 1280

  

What to Order: The Bacon Bianca

What to Order: The Bacon Bianca

To call the Bacon Bianca a mere pizza is like saying a Lamborghini is just a car. Its signature dough — topped with house-cured bacon, slices of 100% whole-milk, aged mozzarella, pecorino-Romano cheese, chopped garlic and mixed herbs — gets put into the oven and rotated a quarter turn every 30 to 40 seconds to ensure the perfect bake. 960 1280

  

Pizza Luce (Minneapolis)

Pizza Luce (Minneapolis)

In the frequently frozen tundra of the Twin Cities, they emphasize the 3 C’s — care, comfort and carbs — and you can have all 3 with Pizza Luce’s hot, fluffy, can’t-get-enough pizza. After all, it gets very cold in Minneapolis, and this pizza was designed by chef Danny O’Brien as “something to keep you alive.” 960 1280

  

What to Order: Baked Potato Pizza

What to Order: Baked Potato Pizza

The chef’s signature whole-wheat dough is topped with a bushel of boiled baby red potatoes whipped to deliciousness, heavy whipping cream, salt, pepper and fresh-roasted garlic — and that’s just to make the garlic-butter sauce. To make it a proper “baked potato” pizza, it’s also stuffed with broccoli, Roma tomatoes, shredded cheddar and, of course, applewood-smoked bacon to give it that sweet, salty, bacon-y goodness. 960 1280

  

Via 313 (Austin)

Via 313 (Austin)

Deep in the heart of Texas, on the back patio of a bustling beer joint called Craft Pride, 2 Motown brothers are serving Detroit-style pizza at Via 313. What makes a Detroit pizza different from, say, a New York-style pizza? For starters, it’s square, not round, and it’s topped upside down — dough, cheese and then sauce, instead of dough, sauce, cheese. 960 1280

  

What to order: The Detroiter and the Cadillac

What to order: The Detroiter and the Cadillac

Its biggest seller, the Detroiter, looks simple but is a thing of beauty, from the cast-iron pans that come straight from the auto factory floor to the double dose of pepperoni. Another favorite, the top-shelf Cadillac pie, is a luxurious mix of sweet, salty and tangy  that’s not traditionally “Detroit,” with prosciutto imported straight from Italy, Gorgonzola, fig jam, fresh Parmesan and balsamic glaze.

Watch: See How to Make The Detroiter

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Every traveler wants to try a crepe in Paris, gelato in Florence, Italy, or a po'boy in New Orleans. But how many really know where those dishes came from or how they are made? Andrew Zimmern digs into the not-to-be-missed legendary foods that define a location.

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