There are thousands of great travel destinations and cities to visit in the US and Canada. Our countries are huge and you could spend a lifetime and never see all the beautiful and special places. Wherever you go, you will find guide books, city websites and travel guides that will point out the highlights of an area, but what is usually lacking from these sources is truly good, unbiased information about the best places to eat in any particular city. Here are a few tips to find good food on your travels.
- If you are staying at a hotel, ask the front desk staff or the concierge, where good restaurants are in town. It is their job to make your stay a pleasant one and their advice will reflect upon the reputation of the hotel, so they won’t steer you wrong.
- Check the local business page section of Groupon.com. Say for example, you are visiting Boston, MA and you would like to try some of their famous seafood offerings. The local food and drink section of their site will let you narrow down your choices by factors such as interest, type of food, price point and even by neighborhood or suburb. Say the restaurant Bailey’s Surf N Turf catches your eye. Click through to their dedicated page and you will see high resolution photos of the food, a description of the restaurant and some of their specialties, reviews, driving directions, and perhaps best of all great deals! The directory has many thousands of restaurants and is growing every day. You are sure to be able to use it to find fun and unique food experiences in any city.
- Check out the Food Network website for the listings associated with the show, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, which shows restaurants with cult-like followings, because of their unique good food. Before you head out to one of these destinations, be sure to check if the place is still where the site says it is, because they don’t update their site often.
- Ask the locals. Be friendly and strike up conversation, especially with shop keepers. Ask them, for example, what is their favorite place to eat lunch in the area. The best places, with great prices and good food, will be known by the people who work in the area. They are often Mom-n-pop shops with loyal local regulars. They may never show up on any city guides.
- If you are driving around the downtown of a strange town and see a restaurant with a line out the door, that line probably means that the place is extremely popular. Stop and ask what all the fuss is about. If you have the patience to wait for a table, you may have just found the best food for miles around.
Enjoy your trip and Bon Appetit!