When you climb the narrow, winding stone staircase bordered by lush greenery that leads to Alafrangues, become very aware that you're in a 19th-century National Revival house in Old Plovdiv. Midway, you might pick up the sound of soft chamber music and the delicious aroma of grilling meat, but when you reach the gorgeous courtyard restaurant that is protected by graceful trees and grape arbors, you'll know for sure that you're in a place where you'll experience real Bulgarian hospitality. Settle in at a terrace table or take a seat in the cozy dining room, which is rich with woodcarvings and Bulgarian artifacts. Either way, you'll be treated to some of the best preparations of Bulgarian national dishes and grill in Plovdiv. Choose the lamb, rabbit, or even tripe from the menu, which is thoughtfully translated into English. Portions are huge and all dishes at this family-run spot are served with sublime homemade bread. End you meal with Turkish coffee with figs, which appear as a small dab of jam on your saucer.
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- Very Highly Recommended 2010