There are occasionally threads on my local board (L.A.) requesting "good streets/neighborhoods to restaurant hop?"
Sometimes there are lamentations about "L.A. not being as good as fill-in-the-city for restaurant hopping.
Now, I get the concept. They are looking for a place where they can go restaurant to restaurant trying different foods. Sort of enjoying the stroll and eating different things.
My question is how you moderate your eating in any one place so you can restaurant hop.
Disclaimer: I'm not some skinny dude with a hidden "how to you all eat that much" agenda. I'm 5-9, 175 give or take, I love to eat and can eat what I think is a lot of food if I'm enjoying the food. But I eat more when I eat fast (faster, really, I'm not a gobbler) and I'm digging the meal, If I eat slowly, I get full faster (no duh).
So, I picture myself going into the first place on my restaurant hop and eating something and then doing the same in the second place and by the third place, I'm stuffed. Or, at least not hungry enough to go into place four.
So, is three places a "hop?"
Do those of you who "hop" just take a few bites in each place?
Do you stroll so slowly that a "hop takes hours" (I could see doing a lot of shopping in between and making a "hop" last for two meals)?
Is "hopping" just indulgence time and one eats past the point of being full?
FWIW - I get "bar hopping." As long as there are restrooms along the way, one can always squeeze in one more drink. You can hit a dozen bars and have a dozen drinks, if your capacity allows. But after three restaurants, maybe four, how much more can one "hop?"
Finally: This is different than eating sushi or a tasting menu. In those cases, each "course" is deliberately small in anticipation of many courses. That, it seems, is different than ordering mains and appetizers in several restaurants in a row.