Use Your Social Network
Millions of people use social networking, like Facebook or Twitter, on a regular basis to keep up with family and friends, so use it to your advantage and ask anyone who's visited your destination before to comment on their favorite spots. Once you've exhausted your Friends lists, check out what other people are saying about regional eats on Twitter by running a Twitter search for the cities you're curious about. Many locally owned eateries opt to post special deals and coupons to encourage repeat guests on social networks now, instead of on a Web site. Run a Google or other web search to see if the place you're interested in is on Facebook or Twitter, and be sure to follow or "like" them to get the same deals as the locals do.