October 3, 2016
When you travel, eat like a local and avoid the overpriced, touristy places.

One of the great things about studying the culinary arts is the that you can perform research anywhere you go. Whether you’re traveling for business, leisure or visiting family for the holidays, it’s always exciting to try the new restaurants in that area. You don’t want to go to a big chain restaurant, though. So here are a few tips to finding the best restaurants in a new location, whether you’re seeking you online culinary certificate or just like to eat!

Talk to the locals
This is possibly the easiest way to get inside scoop about buzzworthy restaurants in the area. If you’re staying at a hotel, you can talk to the concierge about popular restaurants in the area. He or she is probably going to know the ins and outs of the neighborhood and will be able to suggest a restaurant. However, if you’re just looking for a hip spot, but don’t have any specific cuisine in mind, try asking someone on the street or in a shop about good place to check out.

“You wouldn’t visit Rome without ordering pasta.”

Know what the city is famous for
You just can’t go to New York City without getting a big, greasy slice of pizza, and you can’t visit Detroit without trying a coney dog. You wouldn’t visit Rome without ordering pasta somewhere and you definitely wouldn’t shouldn’t go to a tourist-y restaurant when you’re visiting the Caribbean on vacation. Whether you’re looking for fine dining or a quick meal, always make sure you at least get a taste for what the city is best known for.

Check online
Sure, this isn’t the most interesting way to find a good place to eat, but it’s pretty foolproof. Rather than just searching for restaurants in the area, you can check Yelp for reviews. If you’re craving a steak and see that the restaurant in mind has a decent rating, but all of the reviews for steak are mediocre, you’ll know to try the next option. This is also a good way to stay within your budget. You might want a quality meal, but don’t want to spend upwards of $30 per dish. Review sites will tell you the range of money that you can plan to spend, even for restaurants that don’t have prices listed on the website.

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