Meals and Drinks
To satisfy your hunger, you can stop for a bite to eat at restaurants, konobas, pizzerias and fast food eateries.
To quickly satisfy your hunger with fast food we can recommend you the Topli Sendvic or an hamburger. The Croatian hamburger has a big advantage over the "usual" hamburger. You will be full by one! Gourmets will however be most interested in restaurants and inns offering traditional Croatian cuisine.
What would you like as a starter?TIP: Famous Dalmatian or Istrian Pršut (smoked and dried ham)...., sheep's cheese from the island of Pag or cheese from the region of Lika, Slavonic Kulen (flavored sausage made of minced pork), the popular garlic sausage of Samobor or the region of Zagorje, curd with sour cream..., but also a fresh salad with vinegar and oil will give you a first feeling of satiety.The choice of main dishes depends on the region that you visit. At the seaside mainly fish specialities and seafood are on the menu
Now, if you expect fish dishes to be especially inexpensive at the sea, you should take a careful look at the menu and the prices in order not to get a shock when paying the bill. Yet, usually you can get a filling meal including a drink for approx. 10 €.
In addition, you might try stewed beef in spicy sauce (Pašticada), or boiled lamb, and you can also eat chicken prepared in various ways almost everywhere.
Tip: You should try the Grill Platter or stuffed and grilled calamari...
If you don't have to watch your money too much, you should try fresh lobster (seasonal) or Scampi. To eat scampi, you have to do a good piece of finger work, and you should not mistake the small bowl of warm water and lemon you will be handed after the meal for the farewell drink at the restaurant's charge.
In the continental part of Croatia you will be offered various meat dishes. For example, baked lamb or baked suckling pig are popular specialities.
If you pass a restaurant by car with open windows, and you smell the mouth-watering aroma of grilled meat..., just stop. You will find freshly prepared lamb or pig on a skewer there. Try it.... You will remember the delicacy for a long time.
Another speciality is the Peka. It is meat, baked under a cripnja (a special bell shaped lid), and the side dishes are just added to the Peka.... delicious!
As a desert you should like to try Zagorian strudel, poppy seed and nut roll, strudel with curd or various fruit fillings or just an icecream.
What do we drink?
Viniculture and the production of selected, quaffable wines has been a tradition in Croatia for centuries, in the continental part as well as at the northern coast of Croatia and in Dalmatia.
The best known varieties of red wine at the seaside are: Teran, Merlot, Kabernet, Opolo, Plavac, Dingaè, Postup and varieties of white wine: Malvazija, Pošip, Pinot, Ujundžuša, Žlahtina, Muškat. In the continental part of Croatia mainly the following varieties of wine are grown: Riesling, Graševina, Burgundac, Traminac... Popular high percentage alcoholic drinks are the following varieties of brandies: Šljivovica, Travarica and Loza (plum brandy, herb brandy, Grappa). Drinks for dessert are: Prosecco and Maraschino. Sweet wines can only very rarely be found in Croatia.
It might happen that the owner of the restaurant or of your accomodation invites you for a drink.
This little farewell gesture after paying the bill will definitely be a "domaća Rakija"...a homemade brandy. Don't worry - you will not go blind, but you will let out a ....uiiiiii, ahhhh... after savouring your drink.
We hope that you look very much forward to tasting Croatian specialities and wish "Bon appetit!"