If you love lists and food and travel – here’s a trifecta of fun. The annual list of “World’s 50 Best Restaurants” has just been released – a prestigious lineup, complete with chef glamour shots – and we’ll tell you how to find cheap flights to these expensive eateries (see FareCompare’s picks for restaurants that didn’t make the list, at the end).
Controversial List of Restaurants
As usual, the list is somewhat controversial; there are complaints that excellent dining spots are inexplicably missing (the highest ranking Parisian restaurant doesn’t make the list until number 16). Others are puzzled at how some restaurants move up or down including last year’s winner, Noma, which lost a little luster – but not much! – after scores of diners were infected with a norovirus in February).
Finding Cheap Flights to Top 10 Restaurants
Some of these are easy to get to, some take a little more doing (and perhaps a bit of a drive). Click on the city for the best flight deals (and click the restaurant for the best meals, or so they say).
- El Celler de Can Roca – Girona, Spain [Fly to Barcelona, 65 miles away]
- Noma – Copenhagen
- Osteria Francescana – Modena, Italy [Fly to Milan, 100 miles away]
- Mugaritz – Errenteria, Spain [Fly to Sanstander, 40 miles away]
- Eleven Madison Park – New York
- D.O.M. – Sao Paulo
- Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – London
- Arzak – San Sebastián
- Steirereck – Vienna
- Vendôme – Bergisch Gladbach, Germany [Fly to Cologne or Dusseldorf]
FareCompare Restaurant Picks
Click on the city name to find cheap flights. Click on the restaurant name to find good eats.
Los Angeles – Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles. True, the menu is somewhat limited – but what’s not to like about chicken? And waffles? As a FareCompare colleague notes, “Hey, if it’s good enough for David Beckham and Snoop Dogg, it’s good enough for me.”
Dallas – Smoke. Think sophisticated Texas home cooking, with entrees like The Big Rib with Hominy Casserole & Fresh Herb Chimichurri or desserts such as Mescal & Key Lime Meringue Pie. Plus fresh fish, sweetbreads and foie gras.
Cincinnati – Skyline Chili. Midwesterners swear by this soupy concoction of Greek origin and ladle it on everything from hot dogs to fries. Try a three-way: spaghetti, Skyline chili and a mound of cheddar cheese.