Find Where To Eat In A New City By Trolling Foodies

Find Where to Eat in a New City by Trolling Foodies

When you are looking for the best local eats in your travels, forget the guide books. Chef and travel show host Anthony Bourdain says you should go online and troll the city's foodies for information.

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Bourdain has some great travel tips, like reading fiction about the place you are going to instead of guides and history, or going to the central market to score some fresh local food. And then there's "provoking nerd fury online":

Go to a number of foodie websites with discussion boards. Let's say you're going to Kuala Lumpur — just post on the Malaysia board that you recently returned and had the best rendang in the universe, and give the name of a place, and all these annoying foodies will bombard you with angry replies about how the place is bullshit, and give you a better place to go.

You could ask for information nicely too or turn to apps like Eat Your World, but some people react more to trolling. Think about it: when a traveller says they had the best burger in your town somewhere and if you don't agree with them, you're probably more likely to respond than someone asking "Where should I eat?" The internet has no shortage of people armed with an opinion, especially if someone disagrees with them.

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    It's a cute idea, but I'm skeptical. Mostly because people on the internet are complete tools. I've eaten at a couple restaurants that I really liked, liked enough to want to actually bother to leave a positive review somewhere, and when I get there online, it's nothing but complaints and criticism.
    I mean.. I GUESS there's always the possibility that the owner/manager read the reviews and addressed the concerns with continuous on-going performance improvement... but when the hell has that ever happened anywhere?

    Feeding the Troll?

    I've had a manager reply to a comment of mine twice. Once was when I gave great feedback at a local place that I visit a lot and love, and the other was at a newer place that I'd visited once and had dreadful service (also bad, overpriced food) - the only replied to tell me that our group had been loud and rude (there were only three of us, and I can assure you we were neither of those things) and chosen the wrong dishes (?!?!) and that he'd prefer that we never came back. We didn't.

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