Ask the Locals
Even with the most thorough research, some restaurants could still disappoint. If you really want the scoop on the best places to nosh in any given spot, turn to the locals. Check out Web sites dedicated specifically to regional food, like Urban Spoon, where you can request local recommendations in the forums and read reviews posted by folks with first-hand knowledge. Or, when you arrive at your destination, let the front desk clerk or concierge at your hotel know what type of cuisine you're most interested in sampling and get his or her advice. And don't be afraid to ask locals on the street, too. Most people will be happy to share the scoop on their city's best cuisine and where to find it.