Have you ever been on vacation and wanted to find one of the many great local restaurants that most towns have? Sometimes you are just not in the mood for a tourist attraction or themed restaurant, though I admit that I like those, too. There are some people who love to eat at chain restaurants because they always know what to expect. But there are other travelers who want to experience the local color of the hometown favorites. If you are the latter of the two, here are 4 tips to help you find the best local restaurants when you are on vacation.
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4 Tips To Find The Best Local Restaurants
Talk To The Locals
Ask the hotel clerk. Ask the gas station attendant. Don’t be afraid to ask the people at the visitors center. These people live in the area and will be the best resources to helping you find the best local restaurants. Most locals will be honored that you trust and value their opinion on where to eat. Most people also like talking about themselves and their likes and dislikes. They may even be able to tell you their favorite menu item at that restaurant. People love to share their experiences and may even tell you tips about the best time to go to get the freshest, tastiest meal possible.
Take A Chance
When we travel to a new city, we always look for a local restaurant. Be willing to take a chance on the mom and pop catfish house or the local bakery. It will definitely give you more memories than if you just visit the same restaurant you eat at when you are home. You just might find a treasure.
On our recent trip to Paducah, Kentucky we had the opportunity to eat at some local restaurants and cafes. Gold Rush Cafe offers an assortment of specialty mac and cheese plates and breakfast plates. We tried scotch eggs and the absolutely best bread pudding waffles.
Check Social Media
There is a place near Pensacola, Florida that has the best seafood and atmosphere in the whole area. Flounders offers everything from beach volleyball, sandy beaches to enjoy, and a marina to live music, fresh fish and authentic beach decor. This place is amazing!
But how do you find a place like this when you’re on vacation? Use your friends’ knowledge by checking with your Facebook and Instagram friends. Just ask for recommendations and wait for the suggestions to roll in. Then don’t forget to share what you find with your Facebook friends.
Watch The Local TV Station
We also really enjoyed a place called Bubba’s Love Shack when we went to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina earlier this year. None of us had ever heard of this restaurant until we saw the locals talking about it on the local Myrtle Beach channel. I have been going to Myrtle Beach all my life and never got to enjoy this restaurant until I was in my 30s. Trust. I will definitely be going back.
What Are Some Of Your Favorite Local Restaurants That You Have Discovered While On Vacation?
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