Everybody’s comfort is different. For some of us, elegance and high-end service are missing from the COVID-19 social distancing lifestyle. For others, the friendly faces at the neighborhood hospoda are what we miss most. Either way, there is a warm welcome that only your favorite restaurant can provide. For foodies, this pandemic has changed our dining habits but we all hope to support our favorite spots until we can get back out there.
Like many of you, LasSaboritas can’t wait to get back to pre-quarantine life. Being out on the town and dining at our regular spots is a comfort we won’t take for granted again. Until it is safe to do so, we spend our time daydreaming about all the great food that Prague has to offer. Not necessarily a top ten Prague food list, this is more a list of satisfying foods we have missed during the lockdown period.
Here are 10 dishes we can’t wait to eat when Prague restaurants open again:
Calamares fritos at Gilda Pintxos & Tapas
Gilda by Kogo group at JZP defines tapas as hot + pintxos as cold (get Spanish tortilla). Rich reds w garnacha + tempranillo. Tasty patatas bravas lacked a little crunch. Croquetas on the creamy side. 195 Kč chorizo plate feels steep for 50g. Nice service + seating.
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— LasSaboritas (@LasSaboritas) February 26, 2020
Crispy, golden, tender squid served with a knockout aioli. This dish is made for sharing, but you won’t want to. Until we can visit Gilda again in person, we follow them on Facebook and Instagram for mouthwatering photos. Gilda Pintxos & Tapas
Hot dog with crispy bacon from Mr. HotDog
A hot dog topped with crispy bacon, or bacon cheese sliders, or bacon cheese fries from Mr. Hot DoG. We will just plan to order the whole menu because it’s all great. They are currently open for phone orders and pick up, daily from 11:30 am to 9 pm.
Bread and herb butter from Bistrot Valentino
Pop in for braesola artichoke antipasto + a glass of prosecco sometime soon. Slather the homemade herb butter on everything. See you there. pic.twitter.com/fuu958n1cj
— LasSaboritas (@LasSaboritas) August 6, 2019
There is something extra comforting about a place where trivial things like soft bread and whipped butter are done with care. Our homemade sourdough starter experiments did not go according to plan. We miss professional bread. Especially the kind that comes with a bottle of rosé prosecco on ice. Contact Bistrot Valentino for takeaway options.
Pinsa at Kavárna Liberál
This pinsa is better than most pizza restaurants in Prague & decent tagliatelle too. pic.twitter.com/PeXJbaMJDd
— LasSaboritas (@LasSaboritas) December 18, 2019
There is comfort in consistency. This Roman-style oblong pinsa from Kavárna Liberál in Holešovice is one of Prague’s reliably good pizza options. We like basil mozzarella or ham and rocket. Check out their Facebook page for the daily menu.
Empanada de queso from Arepas de Lyna
This hand-held meal is comforting and always served with a smile. One bite of crisp corn masa and melted cheese is the food equivalent of being wrapped in a fuzzy blanket by your abuelita. Get empanadas by Arepas de Lyna delivered to your door from Wolt.
Cheese plate from Fransýr
A carefully chosen array of creamy Roquefort, rabbit pâté, plus aged, crystallized salami is a warm welcome we miss during quarantine in Prague. Affordable extravagance is hard to pull off at home, but luckily Fransyr is delivering goods within Prague for orders over CZK 1,000 free of charge.
Ice cream at Crème de la Crème – Zmrzlinový salon
Creme de la Creme Zmrzlinový salon on Národní in Praha 1 made us smile! Choose from flavors like salted caramel, coconut, lavender, sugar-free Nutella, passion fruit and lemon in a cone or cup, and grab a seat in the cute polka dot shop. 🌶🌶🌶🌶 pic.twitter.com/zy6chhY1Pu
— LasSaboritas (@LasSaboritas) May 25, 2019
We bet you can’t choose just one flavor! We are partial to the salty peanut and chai latte flavors. Support Creme de la Creme now by purchasing a gift voucher online or ordering via Damejidlo or Wolt. If you live locally you can also enjoy their take-out window.
Bryndzové halušky from U Mariánského Obrazu
This Žižkov pub’s extra creamy version of Slovak dumplings smothered in sheep cheese and topped with crunchy lardons is our favorite traditional comfort food in Prague. With Kozel dark beer on draught, it’s the stuff of quarantine dreams. Call for takeout or order home delivery from U Mariánského Obrazu through DameJidlo.
U Mariánského Obrazu is getting an ammended score. Now that I've been in Prague longer and visited Slovakia, I realize this pub's version of extra creamy brindzové halušky is fantastic. Good tatarák. Best of all, kitchen and table service are always fast.
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— LasSaboritas (@LasSaboritas) October 25, 2019
Red velvet cake from Styl&Interier
This cake is so mouth-wateringly delicious, it will linger in your memory long after you’ve eaten the last crumb. Four layers of tender cake and rich cream cheese frosting, topped with a raspberry sauce…it makes a believer of anyone who thinks they don’t like red velvet cake. Styl&Interier are currently offering a limited menu for pick-up and delivery.
Styl&Intirier on Vodickova is a cafe and interior furnishings store with a lovely garden. We had a yummy ham and cheddar omelet and smoked salmon toast. Save room for the outrageously delicious red velvet cake or any of the other gorgeous treats. 🌶🌶🌶 pic.twitter.com/Dohc4bxgnK
— LasSaboritas (@LasSaboritas) May 8, 2019
Karamelový větrník at Cukrárna Myšák
Join us on Twitter to let us know which of these dishes sounds the best to you. Better yet, tell us about a dish that you are missing the most. What are you looking forward to eating after quarantine measures in Prague are relaxed?