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Mussels at De Noordzee, Brussels

Squeeze in amid the regulars at this outdoor fish stall—they’re all devouring massive plates of perfectly steamed mussels. $$

Steak at La Cabrera, Buenos Aires

For God’s sake, you’re in B.A.—you’ll need a good rib eye, plus sweetbreads and chorizo and a nice earthy Malbec. Find all of the above at Palermo’s most beloved grill house. $$

Karoo Dorper Lamb at Carne SA, Cape Town

South Africa is renowned for its free-range lamb, and this restaurant is the place to try it—straight from the owner’s farm and impeccably grilled over coal. $$$

Chà Cá at Chà Cá Thăng Long, Hanoi, Vietnam

Northern Vietnam’s signature seafood dish takes a star turn at this Old Quarter canteen. Firm white snakehead fish is marinated in galangal, shrimp paste, and turmeric, then sautéed at your table over a charcoal burner and served with vermicelli noodles, fish sauce, and a mountain of dill. $

Tacos at Wayané, Mérida, Mexico

Yucatecans believe that the biggest meal of the day should be the first. So they arrive in droves to this corner stand come seven in the morning for addictive tacos such as chaya con huevos (eggs with chaya leaf) and castakan (twice-fried pork belly). 52-999/927-4160. $

Pao Bhaji on Chowpatty Beach, Mumbai

On balmy evenings along this bustling strip of sand, vendors hawk irresistible snacks to strolling couples and families. Look for pao bhaji, a mouth-tingling vegetable-and-potato stir-fry that’s sopped up with a billowy roll. Northern Marine Dr. $

Fried Chicken at Hattie B’s, Nashville

Opened last year by a father-and-son team, Hattie B’s quickly became the spot for fiery, cayenne-infused, Nashville-style deep-fried “hot chicken.” Cool your palate with a craft beer and killer pimento mac-and-cheese. $$

Cacio e Pepe at Sora Margherita, Rome

The most delicious plate of pasta in Rome is served in a narrow space with 15 paper-topped tables: cacio e pepe with pecorino and handmade noodles, garnished upon request with a generous dollop of sheep’s-milk ricotta. $$

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