Over the weekend I had the opportunity to attend The Grove’s 3rd Annual Taste of The Grove. From 11 am to 5 pm, there were cooking demonstrations from Los Angeles-based chefs and tastings from some of the restaurants at The Grove. Also, there was a panel discussion of some of Los Angeles’ best known chefs. The topic of the panel was travel…how travel influences their cooking, how to find a restaurant abroad, the chefs favorite places to travel, and where the chefs have yet to experience. As I was just in France trying to find the best food in Paris, I listened carefully when the chefs spoke about how they find the best restaurants abroad. Below are just a few suggestions on how to pick perfect restaurants to dine at while you are traveling, but, before I give you their tips, I want to introduce you to the panel!
Susan Feniger, Street (moderator)
Giselle Wellman, Petrossian Boutique and Restaurant
Micah Wexler, Mezze
Adam Horton, Raphael, redesigning website, but make reservations HERE
Steve Samson and Zach Pollack, Sotto
Suggestions from the above chefs on how to find the perfect restaurants while traveling:
1. Ask cab drivers, locals, or hotel representatives. (Go where the locals go…there is a reason why they go to these places!)
2. Take the roads less travel. The popular roads will have more generic, mass produced, and not the best quality food.
3. If you are in a non-English speaking country, when you walk into a restaurant and the staff (and diners) are speaking a lot of English, walk out!
4. My favorite tip: Order 1 item and if it isn’t to your liking, change locations. If you like the item, order something different and continue this pattern until you have something you don’t like or until you are full!
After hearing these thoughts and how world-renowned chefs tackle a city, I was excited because I used most of these tips to tackle Paris!
Do you have any tips on how you explore and find great restaurants in a foreign city? Leave them in the comments below or email me at email@example.com!