Like I’ve said before, if there’s something I love it’s food. Every time I visit somewhere new, I always try to go, at least once (or more, depending on the expesiveness of the place), to have a meal in a very good place. Even though these pleasures are rare and usually go a little above my budget, on a daily basis I try to find cheap and nice places to have a proper meal.
There are many different ways to find nice restaurants in any destination. If we are talking about cities with plenty of tourism, they most likely will have their own TimeOut version. Even though this website has plenty of interesting links (from local activities for the weekend to best undeground pubs, for example), I find specially interesting their Restaurant section. One my preferred features about them is that they often give you an approximation of how much you would spend having a “normal” meal.
Another similar option is again TripAdvisor. Even though it is possible to rank all the restaurant of one city or town, sometimes places that are not too good will sneak in only for being popular, or have nice views. It has some nice features too, it can show you all the restaurants in a map and you can even select those with the food type you are interested on. Also, this website is updated almost daily and, in occasions, it can give you an approxation of the price of a full meal (even though it’s not always true).
I personally follow several specialized blogs about food, my favourite, Migrationology. This blog focuses on gastronomy while on the road. It has a very nice section in which you just give them your continent destination and it gives you some examples of very nice things you can try out there. Specially for Asia, it’s one of the best resources you can find! Another nice blog is of course the one you are right now on (yay!). I’ll be posting in a food section now and then. In any case, the best way to look for blog entries about food focused on an especific destination is to google them and then look for the reviews of those restaurants in other websites. Double check is always a good idea!
I left for the last position my favourite resource of them all: asking the locals. For sure, in some cases you will find someone who will direct you to the restaurant of his cousin or her brother-in-law, but in most cases you will find yourself in this small restaurant without website or queuing behing plenty of locals. In any case, you will enjoy the most typical food there, likely for not much money and surrounded by the most unaltered environment you’ll ever find yourself in. Yeah, I know some times it is complicated to find someone speaking your language, but writing down a couple of lines about how to ask for restaurants, or the sign language, works miracles!