The survey results are for Americans’ favorite destinations for food trips. And its south of the border food places that Americans still enjoy the most.
To determine the best global cuisine enjoyed on vacation, VacationRenter asked 1,000 (mostly) seasoned epicurean travelers to round up their favorite dining spots. The results revealed Mexico as the favorite country for foodies, but the survey didn’t stop with Central America. A recent release of findings from the vacation rental company reveals some fun facts and an interesting global road map for foodies and brand new gastronomic adventurers.
Favorite places to eat in Europe
Italy and France finished a close (respectively) first and second place for the best food in Europe. This shouldn’t come as much of a revelation, given Italy’s vast food spread and France’s reputation as the originator of Western cooking. To become a skilled chef in the US, a broad knowledge of French basics is required.
What was a bit of a bombshell was that the UK came third for Europe. English fare might be considered a somewhat bland and fried endeavor, but London offers some of the best restaurants in the world, so perhaps food experts have skewed VacationRenter’s questions toward the city. This is certainly what one respondent quoted from one of London’s wealthiest communities said: “I ate at Gordon Ramsey’s flagship restaurant in Chelsea. I had a white wine risotto. It changed my life.”
Favorite places to eat in South America
Argentina and Brazil narrowed the field for South America’s best ball, although it wasn’t much of a contest. Delicious steak, rich cheese and rich sauces dominate the rest of the country’s neighbors as much as its dual borders dominate the land.
Favorite places to eat in Asia
In a somewhat surprising twist, Vietnam did not make the list, leaving Singapore and Thailand to represent the best food in Southeast Asia. The city-state of Singapore is known for its seafood, while Thai food is so delicious that it is ubiquitous throughout the Western world.
Japan beat China, Hong Kong and Korea in the sprint for the top East Asian award with the latter two nations not even appearing on the list. Only 46% of people said Japan had the best food in the region and 39% said China, so it seems that this was a better-distributed answer to the question of countries with the best food. Japanese food can also be extreme, as described by one surveyor.
“I ate a plate of live squid in Japan. It was still alive and moving,” VacationRenter quoted the volunteer as saying.
World’s Favorite Food Place
However, it was Mexico that dominated the results. Mexican food was the most popular among millennials, the easiest to recreate at home, and a favorite international dining destination. According to Statista’s projected 2021 restaurant industry retail sales statistics, 44% of Americans, nearly every other person, buy Mexican food at retail establishments. From street food to Michelin-starred restaurants, the country is a culinary capital. This fact was also supported by the review of international foods. Of the 1,000 people taking part, fully 66% say Mexico has the best food in Central America. Considering that its borders once included much of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, Mexico is as much a part of American culture as New England or the Pacific Northwest.
Over half of people surveyed described themselves as ‘Absolutely’ foodies with only 16% disagreeing with the label. Nearly six out of ten subjects have dined at a Michelin-starred restaurant. Multiple sources claim that adding just one Michelin star to a restaurant can increase business by 20%. And two stars double that jump. With an expert foundation, VacationRenter’s findings form a legitimate guide.
To find out more details and find Michelin starred suggestions, dig into the survey below.