6 Countries with the Best Food


What is considered great food is the most subjective thing on the planet. Everyone has different tastes and different ideas about what’s a delicacy and what’s plain weird. Every country has its own signature cuisine and food style. Even different regions within one country has different ideas about food. Think about the U.S. regions—the Northeast versus the Southeast and the Southwest. Each of those three regions of one country has different and distinct food styles. Even picking just five countries out of all the nations of the world and declaring their food the best would be a monumental task—and any such list would be met with debate. So, instead of calling this list the countries with the best food, let’s call it the countries with really good food.

Thailand

Thailand continues to make its mark on the international food scene, and it’s one of the great foodie destinations. They have sweet pork barbecue, sour noodle soup, and mountains of spices and tropical flavors to dazzle the taste buds. Sandy beaches and warm waters are cited as the best reasons to visit, but really, it’s the food.

Panama

This tiny Central American country remains under the radar in foodie circles, but it won’t for long. With hundreds of islands and hundreds of miles of shoreline and beaches, Panama is a seafood-lover’s mecca. Venture to the interior of the country and feast on traditional dishes comprised of beef, pork, and root vegetables along with coconut and tropical fruits.

Italy

Italy’s place in the food hall of fame goes without question. Where would the world be without their contributions to the food scene? Modern Italians make the same simple foods that their ancestors made centuries ago, and they still do it with flair. There’s nothing like taking a food tour of all the regions of Italy.

United States

Only in the U.S. can you sample all the foods of the world in one place. The U.S. is a melting pot of cultures and food traditions, to say the least, and many people will argue the country has no food traditions of its own. They are wrong. Southern soul food and barbecue are distinctly American. Hamburgers, pizza, and sandwiches may have origins in other countries, but the U.S. has made them their own.

Greece

The Mediterranean diet is considered the healthiest in the world. A combination of olive oil, seafood, and vegetables keep this country at the top of the food world. The country’s position between Africa, Asia, and Europe has allowed the Greeks to adopt foods and recipes from a variety of ancient cultures. Greece is truly a wonderous place to spend a week eating.

China

China is enormous, both in land mass and population. With so many people and so much space, there are many food choices and styles throughout the regions. Chinese food is an all-encompassing term that explains nothing. In every corner of the country, you’ll find thick stews, steamed fish, street dumplings, and odd delicacies.
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