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Brewsta's Burgers 2017

Welcome to my 10th annual ranking of the burgers of Prague. Let's dig in. Every year, I must explain that this is not a list of "the best." That's a subjective distinction others may presume to make. This is a ranking based on the pers

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Dear readers, I decided to stop posting to this blog at the end of 2013. The good news is that I am still posting regularly on my Czech Please FaceBook and Czech Please Twitter pages (links embedded here). I'm still regularly posting photos and comme

Brewsta's Burgers 2013

"I would rather be having a burger and beers with my mates, but I can't do that when I know I've got to dance." Michael Flatley 'Tis the season to read about burgers. My annual burger ranking list is here. I've decked my arte

Ola Kala Bistro

"Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine actions than in the non-performance of base ones." Aristotle I used to play in an amateur rock band. From time to time, I'd play at big parties or small clubs. I was comfortable in fr

La Gastronomia

"How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will." Albert Einstein Not long ago, I jumped into my trusty four-wheeled vehicle and headed off into the leafy, craggy wilds around Nebušice. I was on the hun

Kiin Modern Thai Restaurant

"Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative." Oscar Wilde In early 2008, the only Thai restaurant I considered worthy in Vinohrady closed down. Tiger Tiger's Pad Thai and red curry chicken were favorites, and I was a regular eat-in

Room Tapas Bar

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not. Remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for." Epicurus A few weeks ago, I was dreaming of sitting by the river, eating tapas in the open air at La Terrassa ,


"To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me." Albert Einstein One of the things that gets me to try a new restaurant is when it's got some buzz. But what is buzz and how do you get it? For me, Prague feels like a small

Nota Bene

"The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one." George Bernard Shaw I'm a regular reader of the New York Times. Occasionally, the "paper of reco

Dish {fine burger bistro}

"The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star." Anthelme Brillat-Savarin As some of you know, every year, I compile the  much-read list of my favorite burgers. For the 2012 survey, I ranked 23 of the

Fine Cafe

"The pleasure of criticizing robs us of the pleasure of being moved by some very fine things." Jean de la Bruyere I've been watching Prague's restaurant scene for more than 10 years. I've seen chefs come. I've seen them go. I

Osteria Ai Galli

"A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing." Muhammad Ali It's been a few years since I visited Ichnusa Botega & Bistro . I had some great meal

Le Patio

"Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another." Voltaire I've been following the food and career of chef Sofia Smith for a long time. More than a decade ago, I enjoyed the cakes and sal

Brewsta's Burgers 2012

"You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars." Charles Kuralt It's time again to talk seriously about burgers. My annual roundup of Prague's burgers is before you. In 2008, I first start

Bilkova 13 Revisited

"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves. Otherwise we harden."  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe I rarely return to write about restaurants for a second time. This is one of those times. I last wrote about Bílkova 13 in the summer of 2011.

Brewsta's Crab Cakes

"Have you ever watched a crab on the shore crawling backward in search of the Atlantic Ocean, and missing? That's the way the mind of man operates." H.L Mencken I'm crazy for crab cakes. I've had more than my share in the crab cap

Indian by Nature

"It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?'" Winnie the Pooh The Pind became my favorite Indian restaurant shortly after it opened in 2010. I was

Il Mercato

"By the time I returned to Czechoslovakia, I had an understanding of the principles of the market." Vaclav Klaus I first got a taste of Brno in 1995. Back then, one of the most popular "Italian" dining options was a slice of pizza with

Katr Restaurant

"If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life." Frank Lloyd Wright Prague is filled with history and beauti

Zebra Asian Noodle Bar

"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown." Chinatown (1974) I can get obsessed with specific restaurants. It's a useful problem to have in this line of work. If I like a place, I'll return again and again until I tire of it. In rare cases

Mood Restaurant

"The American mood, perhaps even the American character, has changed." Archibald MacLeish If you're a native English speaker and you've lived in Prague for a long time, it can feel like a small village. If I don't know you, I bet

Občanská plovárna

"The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from." Andres S. Tannenbaum I've said it before and I'll say it again: I ultimately judge Thai restaurants by their Pad Thai. When done right, it's one

La Terrassa

"We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love." Mother Theresa Ever since my trip to Barcelona last year, I've been dreaming about the tapas. I had joyful, unforgettable meals at places like Tapas24, Bar Mut, an

Prague Food with a View

"Like tourists huffing and puffing to reach the peak, we forget the view on the way up." Friedrich Nietzsche Spring arrives and Prague's streets start sprouting tables. They can be nice places to eat and observe both people and architecture

Prague Food Festival 2012

"Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?" Chuck Palahniuk People used to call the Czech Republic a culinary backwater. Some still do. Ten years ago, I'd agree with them. While t

Tacos El Paisa

"Texas is a big taco right now. We want to follow that through. Florida is a big tamale." Dan Rather Since 2009, Las Adelitas has been the only Mexican restaurant for me in Prague. It was the only one I knew of that was owned and operated by Mex

The Tavern

"There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern." Samuel Johnson Once a year, I make a list of all the burgers I've had over the last 12 months . I'm near the half-way p


"Ivan Ilyich's life was most simple, and most ordinary, and therefore most terrible." Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy I have a most terrible obsession with Asian food. My recent trip to Berlin attests to this. In the land of currywurst, I ate only


“We enjoy change and freshness and disco was only one area we've delved into." Barry Gibb The big news for foodies recently was that Michelin awarded one coveted star to the Prague restaurants, La Degustation and The Alcron . The only previous r

La Bottega di Finestra

"Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity." H. Jackson Brown, Jr. I grew up near New York City. That means I was surrounded by Italian food. Italian-American food to be precise. In addition to the many restaurants, there were fantasti

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