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Saveur's 2015 Good Taste Awards

From the World's Best Breakfast City to the Best Food Road Trip, here is this year's best in culinary travel

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Welcome to our Good Taste Awards.

We asked you, and our favorite travel experts, to tell us about the people, places, and big ideas that embody good taste right now. What is "good taste"? It's a chef and restaurateur perfecting their recipe for flawless hospitality and it's anti-food-waste activists working to make imperfect fruit more attractive. It's Thomas Keller on a ship, vegetarian food in Berlin that'll make you forget currywurst, and the other 34 winners we can't wait to visit below...

The Winners

  • saveur good taste awards, best wine destination
    Cutting-edge wineries from down under are now at the tippy top of wine writer Bruce Schoenfeld's list.
  • saveur good taste awards, best vegetarian city
    Alexander Lobrano visits Berlin and finds that its exalted green cuisine stands up to—and even surpasses—its meat-loving roots.
  • saveur good taste awards, next great food city
    Shane Mitchell eats her way through Santiago, Chile, and deems it the world's most exciting up-and-coming culinary destination.
  • saveur good taste awards, best culinary road trip
    Jody Eddy discovers fresh seafood, generations-old-farms, and new artisans along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.
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    In Shaoxing, China, Fuchsia Dunlop learns that putrid-smelling foods are sometimes the most delectable.
  • saveur good taste awards, caribbean foods
    Yaran Noti investigates the power of Jamaica's burgeoning farm-to-table movement.
  • good taste awards, eleven madison park
    At New York City’s Eleven Madison Park, David Kamp reports on the two men creating what may be the world's most refined dining experience.
  • saveur good taste awards, tartine bakery san francisco
    Chad Robertson of San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery on the lab that is broadening bakers' horizons, one grain at a time.
  • good taste awards, florence italy dining
    With new restaurants, food courts, and a cooking school, Florence is getting a rush of culinary energy.
  • saveur good taste awards, seattle wines
    Charles Smith is shaking up the wine world from his new urban winery in Seattle.
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    At Expo Milano, Team USA is explaining that vast and contradictory thing—American cuisine—to a global audience.
  • good taste awards, culinary cruises, seabourne
    Chef-cruise collaborations—with Thomas Keller, Jose Garces, and others—are making waves.
  • good taste awards, style, design
    Michaelis Boyd's inventive, globe-trotting designs are turning heads from Botswana to Dubai.
  • good taste awards, new hotel dining destinations
    Sydney's Old Clare and Miami's Faena boast multiple top-chef-helmed restaurants.

Readers' Choice Winners

Hotel with the Most Character

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The Peabody Memphis

The Peabody, Memphis
The Peabody is famous for two things: its rooftop parties, where bands from around the world play beneath the best skyline view in Memphis, and it’s daily duck walk, when the hotel's “Duckmaster” leads the hotel’s paddling of Mallard ducks on a parade through the lobby.

Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC
La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, NM

Splurge-Worthy Dining City

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Allison Wist

Paris has always been the Platonic ideal of white tablecloths and dressed up waiters. And it is, but with even better food. The home of the second highest number of Michelin-stars in the world, other cities are still catching up to match the innovation and opulent luxury of the city’s temples of haute cuisine, like Alain Passard’s prescient vegetable-focused L'Arpège.

Yountville, CA
New York City

Finest Modern U.S. Cocktail Bar

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The Aviary

The Aviary, Chicago
At The Avairy, cocktails are raised to the level of performance art, thanks to a battery of high-tech gadgets (a rotary evaporator, a blast chiller) that are used for drinks like the Loaded to the Gunwalls, a spicy Batavia Arrack cocktail that is served in a glass ship in a bottle.

Drink, Boston
The Dead Rabbit, NYC

Destination-Worthy Old-School Bar Scene

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Looking for an easy way to navigate Dublin’s 1,000-strong pub scene? Skip the newer bars jumping on the craft brew bandwagon, and choose an old hole-in-the-wall. Behind stained glass doors, you’ll find fewer tourists, ice-cold brews, and plates of freshly fried fish.

Milwaukee, WI
Budapest, Hungary

Favorite U.S. Classic Restaurant

Favorite U.S. Classic Restaurant

Todd Coleman

Commander's Palace, New Orleans
Since the late 1800s, Commander’s Palace has been a New Orleans institution. Now James Beard Award-winner Tory McPhail follows in the footsteps of legendary Commanders chefs Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse, to bring diners Haute Creole cuisine like turtle soup au sherry and roasted-chile-and-suckling-pig boudin.

Zuni Cafe, San Francisco
Peter Luger's, Brooklyn

Best Modern Restaurant

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Jose Lopez

Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain
Gastronauts flock to Basque country to see Father-daughter team, Juan Mari Arzak and Elena Arzak Espina, celebrate the region's culinary traditions with wild creativity in dishes like foie-gras ice cream and monkfish and gooseberries served on a computer screen.

Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal
Husk, Charleston, SC

Where to Go Next

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New Zealand
While it’s always lured tourists with its unreal scenery, New Zealand’s incredible biodiversity—and ingredients like feijoa fruit and Bluff oysters—are fueling up-and-coming food scenes in Kiwi wine destinations like Hawkes Bay and Waiheke Island.

Santorini, Greece
Osaka, Japan

Greatest Little Food City

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Charleston, SC
With a population of just 128,000, Charleston’s got a culinary scene to rival much bigger cities, with game-changing Southern spots like Sean Brock’s Husk and Mike Lata’s FIG that rework low-country traditions with a fresh perspective to create dishes like sassafras-glazed pork ribs and buttermilk chess pie with benne seed.

Asheville, NC
Portland, ME

World-Class Winery Experience

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Vietti (Langhe, Italy)
Like visiting a family, a trip to Vietti Winery in the Barolo-zone of Castiglione Falletto, Italy, feels both welcoming and intimate—which is just the type of setting in which you want to enjoy a Piemonte sunset and a big glass of wine.

Nikolaihof (Wachau, Austria)
Cayuse (Walla Walla, Washington/Oregon)

Best Hotel Bar

Park Hyatt, New York Bar, Tokyo

Park Hyatt Tokyo

New York Bar, The Park Hyatt, Tokyo
On the 52nd floor of the iconic Park Hyatt Tokyo, the New York Bar was famously made famous in Sofia Coppola's 2003 indie hit Lost in Translation. While a chance meeting with Bill Murray in unlikely, the bar has unparalleled views of Tokyo's glittering skyline, expertly executed classic cocktails, and, of course, a premium selection of Japanese and international whiskeys.

Artesian at The Langham, London
Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, New York City

World's Greatest Breakfast City

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Melbourne, Australia
While we've been feeling like trendsetters instagramming avocado toast and açai bowls, Melbournites have been serving these breakfast dishes for years, and in the meantime have moved onto beetroot relish topped egg sandwiches and ricotta hotcakes.

Los Angeles

Finest Cruise Line Dining

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Seabourn Cruise Line

Starting in 2016, Seabourn Cruise Line will partner with star chef Thomas Keller to introduce the first By Thomas Keller restaurants across its fleet, bringing the chef’s signature locally-sourced cooking to cruises from Greece to the Caribbean.

UniWorld Boutique River Cruises

Outstanding U.S. Airport for Dining

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San Francisco International (SFO)
Wine bars, sushi, thin-crust pizza, New England clam chowder—SFO’s 65 restaurants offer incredibly diverse choices. Favorites include Ebisu, Napa Farms Market, Fung Lum, and Boudin Bakery.

Denver International (DEN)
O'Hare International, Chicago (ORD)

Outstanding International Airport for Dining

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Hong Kong International (HKG)
Six-hour layover? Hong Kong’s airport has dozens of tantalizing options, including an outpost of celebrated Hung’s Delicacies (order the sliced goose), the elegant, sit-down Maxim’s (for dim sum), and Tsui Wah Eatery (where the fish balls are made fresh daily).

Singapore Changi (SIN)
Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS)

First-Class Airborne Eats

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Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines
With its gang of international chef consultants and quarterly changing menus, Singapore Airlines offers many meal options, including their “Book the Cook” special, which lets you pre-order dishes from sushi to Chicken Biryani.

Cathay Pacific