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mku4440 Feb 4th, 2017 09:44 AM

Croatian food
We will visit Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Kotor (Montenegro) and Mostar (B/H) on our trip. Would love to know your 'must eats' for regional cuisine, including desserts. We have La Struk on our list for strukli in Zagreb. We also want to try peka and, Pasticada. What else should we be on the lookout for, and if you have restaurant recommendations for them, that would be great. It's looking like we will enjoy eating on this trip.

kja Feb 4th, 2017 10:06 AM

Here are my <u>old</u> comments on the restaurants at which I dined in the area:

If your guidebook doesn't have a good section on Croatian foods, I urge you to consult one that does -- each region of Croatia has its own delightful options!

Ackislander Feb 4th, 2017 11:57 AM

I would rather suggest kinds of food than particular places.

First, fish is spectacular, but it is generally market priced by weight, so you need to know what you are getting into lest you suffer sticker shock. The best fish we had were actually in a fish market in the main square in Dubrovnik, but we had delicious fish in Zadar and elsewhere.

Second, there are roadside taverns -- konoba -- that have spits outside on which whole pigs, sheep, and beeves are roasted. Served with roasted vegetables, hard to go wrong.

Third, Croatia has the best pizza I have ever eaten, and it is cheap. Thin crust, no weird toppings like pineapple. There is a bar in DBV again that is justly famous for pizza. In general, Croatian food is a lot more like Italian food than Central European food, but watch for sandwiches called cevapcici(?) that go back to Turkish days.

Croatians are very proud of their wine, but I actually preferred their beer.

kja Feb 4th, 2017 01:14 PM

If I may add a bit to what Ackislander said:

Italian-influenced cuisine is common in northwestern Croatia, and particularly in Istria -- which was part of Italy until WWII. (And given the popularity of Italian foods with tourists, it is increasingly common in any of the major tourist destinations in Croatia.)

Further inland, in Zagreb and northeastern Croatia, the cuisine still bears influences of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

Turkish influences are most common in Dalmatia.

As noted, fresh fish and seafood are common in any of the coastal regions.

mku4440 Feb 4th, 2017 02:07 PM

Thank you! Is the cevapcici worth trying?

kja Feb 4th, 2017 02:20 PM

IMO, yes, cevapcici (aka Ćevapi) are well worth trying. And they aren't necessarily sandwiches -- they are often served as patties or kebabs.Ćevapi

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