Though its pricey seaside sister restaurant Nautika gets all the press, Proto is a better choice; it charges half as much for the classic fisherfolk recipes it has been dishing out in the heart of Dubrovnik's old town since 1886. Grab a seat under the beamed ceilings, in the romantic stone alley, or on the shaded roof terrace, and order anything from the sea. It excels at surf—stuffed lobster with risotto, grilled fish, saffron shrimp—but also honors Croatian turf specialties; don't miss Dalmatian smoked ham and olives as an appetizer.
Entrées from $16.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.