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Eat with the locals

'Eat with the locals' -- apparently a 4 hour crawl from lunch time through the afternoon with a guide to half a dozen or so restaurants and cafes for an orchestrated tasting of Czech foods. Has anyone done this tasting tour in Prague? What did you think? How well did they cope with minor food allergy issues?

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at 75 Euros it seems very expensive to me you could eat out every nigh for a week in Prague for that money.
If you want to try authentic Czech food just head to any hospoda away from the main tourist areas and try the food I am pretty sure you won't be disappointed.

http://www.umedvidku.cz/index.php/en/restaurace/informace-o-restauraci
This Place is a bit touristy but serves good Czech food to locals and visitors alike and I often eat there when I am in the city.
their menu is here.
http://www.umedvidku.cz/index.php/en/restaurace/jidelni-listek
another good place is U Pinkasu
http://www.upinkasu.com/pe-home/
Last time I was in there with friends we just got a selection of stuff from the beer snack menu and shared them all between us, this is real Czech food.
http://www.upinkasu.com/pe-menu/

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Janet

Never done it, and I tend to agree with UncleGus.

Is this the one you were thinking of?

http://praguepost.com/food-and-drink/40875-eating-prague-tour-shows-some-culinary-secrets

If so it looks easy enough to follow on your own, so it might depend on how tempted you are by the information the guide gives.

Alan

PS I also agree about U Pinkasu. One of the nicest places in that part of town, especially if the weather is good enough for their back garden

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Café Louvre that is mentioned in the link is a favourite spot for me when meeting friends in Prague, often go there for Brunch, great place and excellent prices.it is only a short walk from U Medvidku that I mention.
http://www.cafelouvre.cz/en/
as to allergies , let the staff know generally they are very helpful.

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Very helpful links thanks. This restaurant crawl is not 75 Euro, it is closer to 100. Rethinking. We speak a bit of German but no Czech and i cannot make out the Czech menus at all, but it looks like they have set menus that offer quite a variety of things so we might just take a stab.

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Janet, even at a Czech restaurant outside the tourist area with a Czech-only menu, I'd bet someone working there will know enough English to help you with the menu if you need it. Or just learn enough Czech to say what your food allergy is to the server.

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2483 posts

There are English menus in most places and even out in the suburbs they often have English versions of the menu if you ask.Have a look at my profile on Trip Advisor and you will see loads of reviews for restaurants and many photos of the food though there are more of me drinking beer.
All the places I have mentioned have English menus.Often there are lunchtime specials which are very cheap and these usually are just in Czech but usually there is someone who will help translate for you.

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We spent five days in Prague and had no difficulty finding English menus or servers who spoke sufficient English to help us out with suggestions or recommendations. This was true everywhere we went, not just in tourist oriented restuarants near the major sights which I suppose we also visited. We found Czech food to be tasty, hearty, and filling. Portions were large in my book as well and very reasonably priced. As to allergies, you may try for a certifiable translation of your needs and carry it with you to be sure they are correctly communicated. Prague is beautiful. Have a wonderful trip! And I hope Pilsner Urquell isn't on that list. I wasn't a beer drinker until I went to Prague. Then I was ready to swap it out for my (beloved and mandatory) coffee at breakfast.

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thanks for all that great advice. I don't have big allergy issues but I cannot eat raw onions without getting a migraine and try to avoid much in the way of cooked onions (although a broth prepared with them is not an issue) -- this is just so fundamental to these eastern European cuisines that they are hard to avoid. I managed find in Anadalucia last year so I guess I'll cope in Prague. The set menus from some of the links folks posted looked pretty wonderful.

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you do sometimes get raw onions as a garnish on some dishes,and often lightly pickled ones with a few of the beer snacks but easy enough to remove yourself.
I am allergic to mayonnaise but when I am travelling I can in the main avoid it.
have you tried to check reviews on trip advisor to see if they have any info there?
if you can post a link to the actual tour I can look it up on TA for you.

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4462 posts

janet, I've done a number of food-related walks in different cities and I wouldn't necessarily base your decision on the cost to buy the food if you did this on your own. On many of the walks, I've learned a lot about history and culture in addition to trying some local specialties or artisan foods that I might not have discovered on my own. Like any tour, it is usually about the quality of the guide/experience more than the cost of the materials. I usually read through reviews to make my decision focusing more on the comments about the guide and the variety of the stops. A caveat ... I'm really into cooking and cultural aspects of food; trying different foods and learning about food traditions is something that I seek out. I know many people would never spend 100 EUR for a cooking class or a food walk because they just aren't that interested. I haven't taken the tour you mention.

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The reviews are actually spectacular for this thing and I had sort of planned it as a surprise for my husband. I like to plant these little Easter Eggs as we go. We once did a similarly priced multi course meal in a French home in Paris which turned about to be fun and very good -- about 12 guests and superb cuisine.

I have already lined up a ballet at the Mariinsky in Petersburg, an opera in Vienna and an opera in Paris, a boat trip on the Danube and lunch at la Tour d'Argent. Mostly though we just wander around and have coffee and watch the world go by.