The world will never starve for want of wonders; but only for want of wonder.
-G. K. Chesterton, Tremendous Trifles
After eating Mediterranean-ish in Croatia and Slovenia, arriving in starch-and-meat heavy Prague was a bit of a shock. Don't get me wrong, the food was delicious with many vegetarian options, I just wish there were some lighter, even vegan, options. Carbs in the form of beer and dumplings (bread or potato) went down easily, and fresh green salads were plentiful. Meals out at restaurants were unbelievably inexpensive considering that it's Prague. I wish that I had explored the culinary delights outside of Prague, so I will just have to put a return trip on my bucket list.
My favorite meal was at the beautiful Café Savoy, a Prague institution since 1893 and for good reason: the restaurant is gorgeous, the food is unique, and the people-watching is incredible. In the basement where the restrooms are located, one can peer into the wine cellar and bustling pastry kitchen. Bonus: I learned the background story of the word "restaurant" from reading the menu:
The name “restaurant” was used for the first time in Paris in 1765. A man called Boulanger was selling soups – sheep’s legs in white sauce. He named his soups “restaurants” or “restoratives” because with them one could regain ones physical strength.