10 restaurants to enjoy the international flavor of the Olympic Games
After being postponed for a year due to COVID-19, the Summer Olympics were long overdue. However, with the Olympics now underway, what better way to celebrate than to try new foods from around the world! Here’s a list of the top 10 foods to try inspired by different countries as you get ready for your viewing and celebration of the Olympics.
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1. United States – Chicken and Waffles | Lo-Lo Chicken and Waffles
If you’re cheering on Team USA, there’s no better way to celebrate than with soul food. Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles offers the crispiest chicken paired with the fluffiest waffles. Try the Baby Ray dish for two delicious waffles with three pieces of chicken topped with sauce and onions. Don’t forget to grab some Banana Puddin for later!
2. Mexico – Korean Fried Chicken Taco | CRUjiente tacos
CRUjiente Tacos, located in Phoenix, is best known for its delicious tacos. Before you start your Summer Olympics viewing session, stop by and try the Korean Fried Chicken Taco! CRUjiente Tacos offers the perfect bite of Korean fried chicken with cabbage, pickled jalapeño, gochujang, and cebollin mojo.
3. Italy – Cannoli | The Sicilian baker
There is nothing more authentic than that! The Sicilian Baker is a bakery and bar that creates authentic Sicilian desserts like cannoli, a tube-shaped shell of deep-fried pastry dough filled with a soft, creamy ricotta. The cannoli bar comes with white chocolate, chocolate, pistachio or confetti shells with your choice of cream and toppings. From lemon to hazelnut to chocolate mint, there’s bound to be a creamy flavor for you.
4. Japan – Ramen | Yatai Ramen
To kick off the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, what could be better than trying authentic Japanese cuisine like ramen. Head to Yaitai Ramen located in Tempe and try the delicious Tokyo Shoyu Ramen dish. Tokyo Shoyu Ramen dish features tasty and savory noodles and features Yatai’s original soy sauce broth with pork belly chashu, naruto, cabbage and sautéed bean sprouts, plus eggs and onions green.
5. France – Steak Frites | Scottsdale Zinc
Discover the Steak Frites at the French-inspired bistro Zinqué located in Scottsdale. Steak frites is a popular dish all over Europe that consists of a steak accompanied by fries. Zinqué offers you a choice of a chimichurri or pepper sauce. Other good options to try are their sandwiches, which are served on Poilâne bread imported from Paris. These are guaranteed to make you feel like you’re having lunch in the City of Love next to the Eiffel Tower!
6. India – Paneer Pakora | Flavors of India
Located in Gilbert, the family-run Flavors of India restaurant offers unique North Indian dishes. With a wide variety of dishes, a good one to try is the Paneer Pakoras! Paneer Pakoras are Indian cottage cheese fritters coated in gram flour. They’re usually served with green or red chili chutney and make a great snack! It’s great to have a snack while you are celebrating the Summer Olympics.
7. Jamaica – Ackee and salted fish | Sensational island cuisine
If you want to try amazing ackees and salted fish, Island Sensation Cuisine has you covered! Island Sensation Cuisine has a variety of delicious seafood choices, but if you’re looking to try something fresh and authentic, try the Ackee and Saltfish. Ackee Saltfish is Jamaica’s national dish and makes a perfect breakfast or brunch. So eat lunch like a champ and try it before you start your Olympic festivities!
8. Germany – Bratwurst Sausage | German sausage company
What better way to celebrate than to grill some bratwurst! Bratwursts are a type of sausage made from pork or veal and are usually either coarse or thin (grobe or fein). The German Sausage Co. has a wide selection of sausages, but if you’re looking to try delicious and fresh sausages, check out their Bratwurst Grobe or Bratwurst Fein!
9. China – Ravioli | Happy Bao
Happy Bao’s located in Mesa offers several dumplings, but for those who are trying it for the first time, order the Signature Dumplings which consists of pork, shrimp, chives and eggs. Dumplings are often eaten at festivals in China and are often linked to good fortune and good health, making them a great dish to eat for the Summer Olympics!
10. England – Cornish Pasty | Cornish Pasty Co.
Cornish Pasty Co. located in downtown Phoenix has over 40 different pasta options to choose from! With flavors like mac and cheese, meatballs, up to lamb and mint. With such a huge menu selection out there, it can be difficult to choose what you want. So if you’re having trouble just start with the traditional pâté, The Oggie. The Oggie consists of steak, potatoes, onions and rutabaga (rutabaga) with a side of red wine sauce or ketchup.