This article was written by Aiden Korr, who writes about food and restaurants. He loves to try different foods from different parts of the world. He is currently working as a PR Manager for Quintessentially and he is overwhelmed by the quality of service they offer.
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You’ve probably been in this position many times: I have. You’re hungry, you want to eat, you want to eat out but where do you choose. The problem is exacerbated when you’re in a strange city, especially when on holiday because eating out and trying the local cuisine is all part of the holiday experience: so how do you choose the best restaurant?
For human beings, food is a key part of our existence. It’s more than something that you have to do to keep you alive. It can be part of a memorable experience you share with those you love. It can make or break a holiday. Sometimes you want something a bit different from the food served up in one of the national chains. Okay, there’s something comforting in knowing what you can expect: but sometimes you just want more. But where do you start?
Here are a few tips that will help you choose the best restaurant.
1. Get Yourself a Good Guidebook
If you live in a little village where there’s only one restaurant, this tip is not for you. In fact, you can ignore the whole article, unless of course you’re travelling. If you are travelling at home or abroad, one of your key pieces of preparation should be to wise upon the restaurants available during your stay.
Today, the place that you are likely to turn to first is the internet. You will be spoilt for choice. Many establishments will have their own websites. You can also look at the website of the city that you are visiting. They will often highlight places that may not be found in the typical guidebook. Another option is to see if there is an online edition of the local newspaper where you can look at the dining out section to see which restaurants have advertised there.
A good travel guide can give you some useful information. Guides like Fodor’s and Lonely Planet are first class. However, check the date of publication. You know how things change.
Any guide is a snapshot of a moment in time. A good idea is to use the guide as a starting point and then check on the web to see if your chosen destination is still in business. Do bear in mind that travel guides will tend to focus on tourist popular places, and thus you may miss out on a local delight that does not make it between the covers of the guide.
2. Use the Power of Social Media
If you have social media accounts it’s well worth trying your networks to see if anyone can recommend somewhere to you. There is every chance that someone will know someone who has eaten in a restaurant in the city where you are going.
You could try posting a tweet along the lines of “Can anyone recommend a restaurant in…”.
You can almost guarantee that someone will be only too willing to recommend somewhere. You can also try doing a Twitter search the for the city that you are going to.
Local restaurants may have deals on that they are advertising.
3. If You Don’t Ask You Don’t Get
Okay, in the ideal world you’d do all your research before you get to your destination: but the world is not ideal. You may have done plenty of research: but be unable to find what you want. You may have done plenty of research: and the choice is just too overwhelming.
Therefore, you can do far worse than take advice from the true experts: those who live – and eat – in the city.
You’ll find that those who work in the local hotels are very knowledgeable about the places to eat. Remember, they get asked the same thing all the time: where’s a good place to eat.
Having knowledge of where to eat is almost part of their job.
You could also just ask people on the street. You’ll be surprised just how helpful and friendly people can be. You’re in their town and you’re asking them where you can eat. That’s a compliment to them and their town.
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