Travel Advice -
the right restaurant for you
Eating is a subject of varying importance to travelers. Some consider
food only as fuel and take little notice of what or where they eat. (If
the quality of dining is not important to you, skip this article.) To
other travelers, meals are an integral part of their lifestyle and the choice of a meal is
meaningful, especially when
they are vacationing outside of the U.S.
If you will be traveling internationally, don’t
expect menus to be
in English (though many will be).
- Before you depart, use your favorite Internet
search engine to find the words to describe food and eating choices in
the language of the country that you will visit (for example, search with the following phrase
“German language menu guide” or, perhaps, “French food terms”).
- Print out
the information provided and take it with you on the trip.
If you are serious about restaurants and good
eating, we recommend that you purchase a country specific phrasebook
dedicated to food.
- Regardless of brand, make sure the phrasebook
is focused on food terms, ordering food, and phrases
you are likely to need to order your meal the way you like it
Strategies for finding good
- One of the best strategies to find good places to eat is to ask the
staff or guests where you are lodging for recommendations.
- If you want to
eat cheap, be sure to provide your budgetary considerations when
you ask for recommendations.
- In addition, if you have a food preference,
- Just as at home, the locals know the best restaurants. While
shopping or stopping for a snack, strike up a conversation and find out
recommended places to eat.
- If you are in a major city, in most hotel
lobbies, you will usually be able to find a “giveaway guide” that
attractions and activities in the city you are visiting.
dining section of these publications feature restaurants that have
paid for placement but you will find a wide variety of cuisines and costs.
- Most restaurants display their menus outside the
entrance, allowing you to decide if they are the place for you before
you take the time to enter and be shown menus.
- Restaurants that do not post their menus and prices are, often, very
- If there is a menu placed outside the door, take a look at the
type of meals described and their expense before entering.
- You may need
the language list we described above to wade through some menus, so be
sure to have it handy while you are touring.
- If the food choices do not
sound good when you read the menu, we can assure you that it will not be any
better inside, so move on to another location.
- In good weather, outdoor seating and eating is common in restaurants
- Cruise by, review the menu, look at the presentation of the
meals being served to the outdoor customers, and decide if the restaurant
looks like a winner.
- If you must plan everything, use the Internet to find an online or print
restaurant guide for the towns that you will be visiting.
- If you enjoy fine cuisine and want to sample four-star restaurants,
buy a Michelin Guide and do
the research before you leave home.
- Most of these gems must be booked
weeks in advance.
- Be forewarned, the cost of a meal for two with wine in a
world-class restaurant may equal the cost of your discount air ticket
to the destination.
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