Foodies reveal the BEST meal they’ve ever had on a trip abroad – from kebabs in Aleppo to fish dishes from an Icelandic hut
- Seasoned travelers have shared the best meals they’ve ever had abroad
- Many were served in unusual locations such as rural Uganda and a jungle in Myanmar
- But one woman said the best dinner of her life was a Taco Bell eaten at a bus stop
Seasoned travelers fondly remember the best meals they’ve ever had while vacationing abroad.
Dozens responded to a Twitter thread started by American author Matthew Kepnes, recalling the most delicious dishes of their lives in unexpected locations, including an Icelandic seafood shack and a jungle on the Myanmar-Thailand border.
Others said they find it hard to look past one-off dinners, such as a buffet on the banks of the Nile River in Uganda, handmade sandwiches from street vendors in Guatemala, and a lamb kebab at a restaurant in Aleppo, Syria.
But some shared less exotic experiences, with one woman claiming the best meal of her life was a Taco Bell eaten at a bus stop in the middle of the night.
One person said that this salted egg tart dish from a restaurant in Budapest is the best meal they have ever eaten while traveling abroad
“Mine is much less majestic. A Greyhound bus stops at 2 a.m. (after 10 a.m. and nearly stopped by highway pirates) at a Taco Bell next to a gas station,” she wrote.
“I keep all Taco Bells on their stand, but have never had anything quite like it since.”
Bestselling author Cheryl Strayed said she enjoyed an “unforgettably delicious” meal at the home of a family she stayed at while trekking through Thailand.
“I was in a remote house in the jungle in Thailand, near the border with Myanmar,” she recalls.
“The woman who received me prepared half a dozen exquisite dishes for our dinner in her rustic kitchen. We didn’t speak the same language, so I couldn’t ask what it was, but it was unforgettably delicious.’
This seafood dish, served at a restaurant in Dubrovnik, Croatia, topped the list
Another traveler said this ‘juicy goulash’ they ate in Prague, Czech Republic, was their favorite meal abroad
A self-titled ‘travel addict’ said he ate ‘life-changing’ dishes in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, Istanbul in Turkey, and Maine, US.
‘Sægreifnn in Reykjavik, a hut with a hole in the wall on the waterfront and an unexpected find. Had sea trout skewers with lobster soup that changed my life, and met new friends from Germany while I ate,” he wrote.
“Highly commended for a Turkish breakfast at Cafe Privato in Istanbul and my first lobster roll at Bite Into Maine in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.”
Another man said he still thinks about a plate of gnocchi he ate at a small cafe at the foot of Vesuvius on Italy’s west coast, and a seafood platter he ordered on his honeymoon in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Others raved about dinners in Thailand (as in the photo) and buffet meals on the banks of the River Nile in Uganda
Europe’s capitals feature on many “most memorable” lists, with foodies reminiscing on plates of “juicy goulash” in Prague, Czech Republic, and salted egg tarts in Budapest, Hungary.
Iconic American destinations were also mentioned, with many enthusiastic stories about Creole restaurants in New Orleans and fish trucks in San Francisco.
A woman said she was about to take a second bite of the best crab sandwich she’d ever eaten in the center of town when she was attacked by a seagull.
“He tried to steal it from me,” she wrote.
“We fought fiercely for over two minutes. In the end I conquered, broke down in tears of relief and continued my journey to heaven.’