I’m going to let you in on a little secret…
I used to spend hours and hours researching food and restaurant options before a trip. I’d check Yelp, Zagat, local blogs, social media and even old-school guidebooks. After all, if I’m going all the way to Tokyo, I don’t want to eat subpar sushi, or if I’m in Rome, the tourist trap pasta. No, thank you!
Then, I found Chowhound. It’s a food site and discussion board forum where you can ask questions and have a helpful (and extremely opinionated) group of foodies weigh in.
So where is the best gelato in Italy, anyway?
Let’s say you’re on the hunt for the best macarons in Paris, or a romantic restaurant to celebrate an anniversary in New York City. Just check the Chowhound forums, and likely someone has already started a heated debate on the subject. You can also ask for recommendations by location, in case you want a lunch spot close to the Tate Modern in London or a place to picnic after a busy sightseeing day in Madrid.
I’ve inquired with Chowhound for everything from finding amazing croissants in Montreal, to vegetarian ramen broth in Japan, to a 20-person party room for my mom’s birthday in New Orleans.
I’ve never been steered wrong, and find it’s like talking to a friendly group of locals who know the lay of the land.
How do you find restaurants to try when you’re traveling?