At work reading through USA Today travel section and it has an article about food vendors around the world. Sandwich stands, Kebabs, food carts, small mom and pop shops. Where have you found pleasant culinary surprises?
In Izmir, Turkey my friends introduced me to the city's sandwich stands and kebabs. I was hesitant because my American mindset was that they're unsanitary. But I had several yummy cheese/tomato sandwiches along with meat ones from simple sandwich carts just working on the sidewalk. And the kebabs!!! They were very good. I didn't get sick at all during my time in Izmir. Everything I ate was good.
In Hachinohe, Japan I found a "hole in the wall mom/pop shop" that had the best shrimp tempura I've ever had. I went there several times.
Where have you found pleasant culinary surprises?