By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff
March 20, 2014
Le Coq Rico, Paris, France, French, cuisine, chicken, rotisserie
Credit: Courtesy of Le Coq Rico

Rotisserie Chicken: The seductive aroma of spit-roasted chicken has three food capitals in a spin. On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, at the new Rôtisserie Georgette, the juicy poulet rôti is matched with sublimely crunchy potatoes and flame-kissed leeks. Heirloom chickens and game birds are the specialty at Le Coq Rico (pictured), in Paris’s boho Abbesses quarter. And in London, two young chefs have turned a 2006 Ford Transit van into the roving rotisserie Spit & Roast, whose free-range Suffolk chickens are now a cult sensation.

Lionfish: The invasive lionfish, which has run roughshod over the Caribbean, is turning up on local menus. (For a spiny, poisonous predator, it’s surprisingly delicious.) At El Boliche Cebicheria (38-17 Calle Cochera del Hobo) in Cartagena, Colombia, lionfish carpaccio is topped with a bracing leche de tigre dressing, nasturtium petals, chiles, tomatoes, and sea-bass caviar. Some 500 miles north, in Jamaica, Little Ochie owner Evrol “Blackie” Christian tosses lionfish in his secret jerk sauce and sears it on an open pimento-wood flame next to the shore.

Fish Heads: Chase the fish-head curry at Muthu’s, in Singapore, with a mango lassi.

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