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Local Tips: Where Hotel Employees Eat

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What hotel employees crave during their shifts.

Chicago: Hearty rib-eye sukiyaki and shoyu ramen from Cocoro are go-to orders for the staff at the Peninsula, seven blocks away. 668 N. Wells St. $$

Hoi An, Vietnam: The bell desk at the Nam Hai swears by the pork-and-pâté bánh mì from beloved Hoi An stallkeeper Phuong, who recently opened a brick-and-mortar shop. 2 Phan Chau Trinh St.; no phone. $

Mexico City: Around the corner from the Four Seasons Hotel México, D.F., Tacos de Fabiruchis fills fresh-made tortillas with chorizo in salsa verde or home-style chicharrón prensado (pressed and shredded pork rinds). Calle Burdeos; no phone. $

Mumbai: Just behind the landmark Taj Mahal Palace is the equally iconic Bademiya, where Mumbaikars have come since 1942 for their late-night smoky, spicy kebab fix. Tulloch Rd.; 91-22/2284-8038. $

Appeared as “95 Places to Eat Like a Local: Staff Meals” in T+L Magazine

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Food Face-Off: Shanghai vs. Hong Kong

Wei Xiang Zhai

How do China’s rival food capitals stack up?

The Noodle Joints

Shanghai: Wei Xiang Zhai (pictured)
Join a communal table and order ma jiang mian, thick wheat noodles covered in a peanut-sesame sauce and spiked with chili oil. 14 Yandang Lu; 86-21/5383-9032. $

Hong Kong: Kau Kee
Beef brisket on noodles (flat, egg, or vermicelli) in a clear, flavor-packed broth is the ultimate Cantonese comfort food. Taste it at this tried-and-true spot. 21 Gough St., Central; 852/2850-5967. $

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Best Desserts to Try Around the World

Best Desserts: Flour Bakery's sticky bun

Your unofficial fourth meal awaits.

Flour Bakery, Boston: Call ahead to reserve your sticky bun—these caramel-smothered, pecan-studded brioche rolls are among the best you’ll ever have. No wonder they sell out in mere hours.

Charly’s Bakery, Cape Town: Where to find Cape Town’s premier buttercream-frosted everythings? Behind a pastel-pink-and-white façade resembling a giant layer cake, of course. Our preferred pairing: the “wicked” chocolate cake, topped with a layer of dark ganache. 38 Canterbury St.

Gion Kinana, Kyoto, Japan: With a taste akin to peanut butter, kinako, or roasted soybean flour, is as quintessentially Japanese as matcha. It’s the signature ingredient at this tiny ice cream shop, inside a traditional wooden merchant’s house in the Gion geisha district. 570-119 Gion-machi Minami-gawa.

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Classic Restaurants You Need to Eat at Now

Classic Restaurants: Brittania & Co.

Where every order comes with a side of history.

Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor, Dania Beach, FL: Alongside an endless array of vintage kitsch (turn-of-the-20th-century license plates; displays of retro candy) are 45-plus flavors of south Florida’s favorite ice cream, handmade daily for 58 years. 128 S. Federal Hwy. $$

Fountain Coffee Room, Beverly Hills: The luncheonette at the Beverly Hills Hotel has served local starlets and studio heads since 1949. While the banana-leaf wallpaper remains, there are nods to today’s tastes: cold-pressed juices and a decadent caramel pumpkin pie named for Mary J. Blige. 9641 Sunset Blvd. $$$

Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar, Melbourne: Melbourne’s reputation as a coffee capital began here, where the city’s first-ever espresso was made in 1954. The look is pretty much unchanged, as is our order: a short black. 66 Bourke St.; 61-3/9662-1885. $

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Locals’ Favorite Hometown Foods

Hometown Foods

Food-obsessed Instagrammers share their top local meals of the year.

Seattle: “This chanterelle, apple, and egg dish at Sitka & Spruce ($$) is the ultimate winter brunch.” —Aran Goyoaga (@Cannellevanille), Food Blogger and Stylist

Los Angeles: Kang Hodong Baekjeong (3465 W. Sixth St.; $$) has the best Korean BBQ in town right now, if you’re willing to wait in line.” —Zach Brooks (@Midtownlunchla), Founder of the Midtown Lunch Blog

New York City: “Harold Dieterle creates delicious Thai-inspired dishes at Kin Shop (469 Sixth Ave.; $$$). This house special is braised cobia fish with sawtooth herb, mini bok choy, and rambutan curry.” —Daniel Krieger (@Danielkrieger), Photographer

Asheville, NC: “I love the bánh mì and spicy sriracha chicken-fry sandwiches at Asheville Sandwich Co. (202 State St.; $). They put fries in the sandwich.” —Tim Robison (@Timrobisonjr), Photographer/Illustrator

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150

Appeared as “95 Places to Eat Like a Local: The Hometown Dish” in T+L Magazine

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Clockwise from top left: photos by Aran Goyoaga, Zach Brooks, Tim Robison, and Daniel Krieger

Best Breakfast Spots to Eat Like a Local

Best Breakfast: Van Kahvalti Evi

Seven indulgent reasons to get out of the hotel early.

Pancake Bakery, Amsterdam: Bacon-, cheese-, or apple-topped pannenkoeken (larger and thinner than American flapjacks) are the items to order at this intimate canal-side space. 191 Prinsengracht. $$

Lauras Bakery, Copenhagen: In a land obsessed with morning pastries (Danish, anyone?), Lauras takes the cake. Expect rows of kanelsnegle (intensely spiced cinnamon rolls) and Pop-Tart-like hindbærsnitters, all in the culinary mecca that is Torvehallerne Market. 17 Linnesgade. $

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T+L Twitter Chat: Eat Like a Local

Eat Like a Local: La Guerrerense

Food and travel go hand-in-hand, but finding authentic eats can be tough. Luckily, Travel + Leisure is hosting a one-hour Twitter chat on how to eat like a local—wherever you are. The chat celebrates our Eat Like a Local series: T+L teamed up with CNN and iReporters (like you!) to find the best local food around, from warm scones in Canada to the catch-of-the-day in Abu Dhabi.
 
Join our Twitter chat Wednesday, March 27 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The Hosts
Nilou Motamed, Travel + Leisure features director & senior correspondent (@niloumotamed)

The Panel
Sean Brock, executive chef, Husk Restaurant (@hseanbrock)

Adrian Moore, food blogger (@majormoore)

April Walters, head of community, Foodspotting (@foodspotting)

Joe Campanale, beverage director & co-owner, dell’anima, L’Artusi, Anfora, L'Apicio (@joecampanale)

Kate Krader, Food & Wine restaurant editor (@kkrader)

Food & Wine magazine (@fandw)

Kat Kinsman, managing editor, Eatocracy (@kittenwithawhip)

Sarah LeTrent, associate editor, Eatocracy (@SarahLeTrent)

Eatocracy, food blog, CNN.com (@Eatocracy)

John Birdsall, CHOW.com (@CHOW)

 
How does it work?
1. Log in to Twitter any time from 2–3 p.m. ET and be sure to follow the chat host: @TravlandLeisure.
2. Use the hashtag #TL_Chat to follow.
3. To keep up with the chat in real time, head over to tweetchat.com/room/TL_Chat.
4. We'll pulse out some questions for our expert panel to answer, but feel free to post your own answers to our questions. Or ask your own questions!

All tweets are subject to our social media terms and conditions and may be used in any and all media including editorial. See full social media terms and conditions.

Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.

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7 Essential New York Eats

Eat Like a Local: Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

Seven perfect bites of the Big Apple.

Roast Chicken at Calliope: Try the East Village’s Calliope for some of the city’s best roast chicken: a pan-seared breast served in chicken stock with cabbage stuffed with confit leg and vegetables. $$$

Oysters at Maison Premiere: Craving oysters in New York? Williamsburg’s Maison Premiere has excellent Caraquet oysters on the half shell. $$$

Soup Dumplings at Café China: Head to Midtown for Shanghainese xiao long bao with soy-vinegar-ginger sauce. $$

Bagel Sandwich at Russ & Daughters: Try a classic bagel sandwich that comes with Scottish smoked salmon, cream cheese, and red onion on a poppy-seed bagel at this Lower East Side institution. $$

Sushi at Sushi Yasuda: There are many sushi restaurants in New York, but try Midtown’s Sushi Yasuda for Arctic char, ebi (shrimp), uni (sea urchin), and ikura (salmon roe). $$$$

Pizza at Paulie Gee’s: For some of New York’s best pizza, head to Greenpoint, Brooklyn for the Regina pizza that comes topped with fior di latte, Italian tomatoes, Pecorino Romano, olive oil, and fresh basil. $$

Pasta at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria (pictured): If you’re looking for good pasta, skip Little Italy and try NoHo for Il Buco’s carbonara (pasta tossed with house-cured pancetta, eggs, Parmesan, and black pepper). $$$

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150

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Photo by Evan Sung

Danny Meyer’s Favorite Burger in St. Louis

Danny Meyer's Favorite Burger: O'Connell's Pub

O’Connell’s Pub, St. Louis: No less an authority than Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer gives this his vote for “one of the juiciest, most satisfying cheeseburgers you’ll ever have.” Bonus points for the Cardinals game blaring above the bar. 314/773-6600. $

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Photo by Kevin J. Miyazaki

4 Cool Supper Clubs

Supper Clubs: Settimio

Da Ping Huo, Hong Kong: The under-the-radar private restaurant has a 12-course set menu featuring Sichuan classics such as fiery pork ma po dofu and chile-laced braised beef. At the end of the evening, co-owner Ms. Wang, a classically trained soprano, sings a charming Chinese folk song. $$$

Chez Wong, Lima, Peru: Culinary superstars like Eric Ripert seek out this diminutive dining room—tucked inside a residential building in working-class Santa Catalina—for the city’s finest ceviche, sliced and seasoned by chef Javier Wong. It’s only open for lunch; reserve a spot well in advance. $$$

El Pozole de Moctezuma, Mexico City: On a gritty block near Metro Garibaldi, this closed-door restaurant has no sign—just a buzzer that reads pozole. Order the spicy, fortifying hominy stew, which tastes best with tostadas slathered in Mexican crema. 52-55/5526-7448. $

Settimio, Rome (pictured): Come without a reservation and you’re rolling the dice—the quirky owners will decide with a glance whether you deserve a seat at their trattoria. If you do make the cut, you’ll find quintessential Roman classics like house-made fettuccine. 39-06/6880-1978. $$$

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150

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Photo by Todd Porter & Diane Cu

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