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What makes a restaurant a "tourist trap" or "touristy"

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What makes a restaurant a "tourist trap" or "touristy"

crewsweeper | Sep 24, 2008 12:48 PM

So often local restaurants, (NOT CHAINS), are pooh-pooh-ed as being too "touristy" or a"tourist trap"; especially in an area that attracts a lot of tourists and conventions. Just what, IYHO, makes a place a tourist trap? If out-of-towners get recommendations from locals to eat at a specific local restaurant, does that then make the place "toruisty" because you show up and (like you can really tell) there are a bunch of non-locals eating there?

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