Europe is home to a plethora of distinct cuisines and flavors — but despite its diversity, you’ll find many similar themes across the continent.
Fried potatoes, for example, are served up to the devoted masses in Belgium, Spain, France, Bulgaria, Switzerland and beyond. Dumplings, made from bread, flour or potato dough, satisfy in places as disparate as Poland, Slovakia and Lithuania. And don’t even get us started on chocolate and beer.
Here, we examine nine distinct food types to see which place in Europe is doing it best. Hint: Fans of French, Belgian and British fare will be very pleased.