What’s the best thing to do when eating in a new city? Ask locals for recommendations!
“Where do you eat with your friends/family?” and “What kind of food do you like?” are two questions that will ensure their tastes aren’t completely off from yours. You’re also likely to get genuine, honest answers!
Important tip: Research before traveling what is considered local cuisine and research tipping practices while you are at it. You won’t regret it.
So, the reason you came here in the first place: actual recommendations in random locations!
Garlic House – order the garlic French bread for the appetizer. It’s amazing!
La Finca de Susana – chefs are in training so the food is great AND inexpensive! This place is a bit ENE (funky posh, a little pricey)
Chicago is known for its large Polish population. One of the many great things that has come out of this is Kasia’s Deli; a nearly 40 year old neighborhood favorite that has been regularly ranked as one of Chicago’s best delis, with pierogi that have been voted best in the city multiple times. If you’re looking for authentic, Polish cuisine, this is the place to go.
Surprising locale? Maybe. But this is an all time favorite, easy to miss and there is only a small black sign hanging on a grey door: Muramoto (106 King Street; Asian fusion).
It’s all about the “meat and three” in Tennessee which is basically when you order one meat and three sides. Often, this comes with cornbread and sweet tea. It doesn’t get better than that really! Visit Arnold’s Country Kitchen for the classic Southern/Tennessee favorites. It looks like a hole-in-the-wall from the outside, but this is a family-owned and run joint you really don’t want to miss.
Outside Arnold’s Country Kitchen | ©Rachel Chapdelaine/Flickr
Barceloneta (L’Escar, 22 moll Dels Pescadors) – pricey, but the view is to die for! Try the cod Carpaccio and don’t even think about skipping dessert.
Too many great restaurants to count here, but Ping Pong is great. All Dim Sum! Order Jasmine tea for a nice surprise too.
Before you head out on your wine tasting excursion through California’s wine country, you’ll want to load up on a filling and fulfilling brunch. Hit up Creekside Cafe to satisfy your huevos rancheros or eggs Benedict cravings. They’re regarded as the best in the valley PLUS each table has a unique set of salt and pepper shakers that are hand-selected by the owner’s wife.
Creekside Cafe | ©Rosa Say/Flickr
New Orleans, Louisiana
Nau Kana – unbelievable Asian, Middle East fusion! Try their version of the Mojito – vodka & basil.