When the British newspaper The Telegraph named the ten best mountain restaurants in the world, and my friends and I made it a mission to try to eat at every one. So, while skiing in Zermatt, we checked Chez Vrony off our list. Located on the Rothorn mountain, a short ski down from the Sunnegga Express in the hamlet of Findeln, you'll come upon Chez Vrony. The rustic-chic Swiss chalet has a 100-year history. Lunch reservations are a must (request a seat on the deck so you'll have Matterhorn views) and start by ordering the charcuterie plate, which includes house-cured Speck, bresaola, salami, ham, cheese, and a scoop of home-made rosti.
The burger seems so quintessentially American that I never think to order it in Europe, especially at such a high-end restaurant. But Vrony serves what may be Europe's best burger. Chef Vrony's family raises its own beef, hand-packs the patties, and serves them on a perfect seeded bun slathered with coleslaw and a secret sauce.