It is a little known fact that the culinary distinctions between Central and Western Europe are rapidly diminishing, and that the singular finesse, elegance and longevity that have long characterized the West in the culinary field have given way to the Eastern emphasis of powerful flavors. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Prague, which boasts a wide array of cuisines, worthy of attention and making their way to the stomachs and hearts of many visitors. But not all of them will meet your expectations and you can be disappointed from time to time, as many tourist traps exist, especially in the center. We embarked on a short journey through several distinguished mainstream restaurants in the city where a great meal can be enjoyed without breaking the bank. The choices are numerous, and these are our favorites.