Line up for a snack at Reykjavik’s most popular restaurant, Bæjarins Bestu (Tryggvagata 101, at Pósthússtræti; no phone), a hot-dog stand made famous by a visit from Bill Clinton. Order a lamb and pork dog “eina med öllu,” (with everything): mustard, ketchup, raw and fried onions, and remoulade ($3).
Taste New Nordic cuisine at the 30-seat Dill (à la carte for lunch; prix fixe dinners start at $60), which opened last year at the Nordic House, a cultural center designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason favors contemporary combinations of local ingredients like smoked Arctic Char with parsnip, seaweed, and rye bread ($35).
Give fusion a try at Asian-Icelandic destination Fish Market. Start off with Minke whale sashimi ($27) before moving on to a monkfish chop ($44) or grilled Kópaskeri lamb ($50). Pair your meal with a signature cocktail like the Wasabi Delight ($17), a combination of small-batch vodka, wasabi, kiwi, and lime.