One of my favorite travel adventures was eating a lot, Greenwich Village in New York for the first time I went to New York City (many, many years ago). I was totally impressed with the opera-singing waiters, delicious Italian food and the wall, photos and autographs of famous people who’ve been to far away (he was told by President Franklin Roosevelt’s favorite restaurant).
Whether it’s a sidewalk cafe in Paris, quaint little pub in a small English village and family in Little Italy, to find a good place to eat and watch the local scene can be a part of your holiday that you value most ardently after your return.
But how do you find these unique places when you travel? Clearly, it is useful to have a friend who lives there or concierge at your hotel, but what’s the adventure in this kind of trip? The real adventure is the ideal place to find it.
Fortunately the web is full of sites to help you find your way to gastronomy in a foreign city.
For example, check out Zagat Survey www.zagat.com. When Tim and Nina Zagat started their study, they had a normal path of their professional critics. Instead, they recruited regular restaurant customers to provide their opinions and evaluations.
Zagat.com is a very versatile site. You can find a restaurant by city, neighborhood, cuisine, this age group it uses, etc. Another interesting feature is its Zagat.com “Show me more like this” button. A click on this and you will find restaurants similar in other cities and countries.
Another way to find restaurants is the pursuit of various city guides online. For example, AOL offers www.digitalcity.com, which includes a professional examination followed by comments from customers.
One of the ingenious ways to find a good restaurant that offers excellent book by Michael Shapiro, the Internet Travel Planner. Shapiro suggests using online forums to post your ideas dining question, say, Phoenix, Arizona. Based on your experience, you should be as soon as possible to get a lot of information in response to suggestions from the restaurants in Phoenix. He cites rec.food.restaurants a group of access, but you can also search for other groups seeking Google.groups.com