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Restaurant tourist traps


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Restaurant tourist traps

rworange | Aug 27, 2010 06:01 PM

What are they?

I would define them as:

- The restaurants that are in every guidebook and on every tourist site that may have been good or even great at one time but the glory is gone and like the aging beauty queen they rely on long faded reputations ... We're so thilled to make your aquaintance, Miss Desmond.

- Restaurants in every guidebook and on every tourist site because tourists are just not familiar with the local cuisine and go there because they are told to and the food is exotic to them so they think it is good and recommend it to others.

- Restaurants near local tourist attractions that just don't have to try. The food may be edible and ok, but the prices are all about location, location, location.

In the latter category would be most of SF Fisherman's Wharf, anything near the Bridge of Sighs in Venice and any joint with a barker in front. If you go to something like that, you deserve what you get.

Category two is a lot of what is in Chinatown in SF. There's good stuff there, but there's usually better elsewhere. It is most of the places recommended in Guatemalan guidebooks. I'm going to virtually slap the next person who tells me they visited GT and it doesn't have good food. Eat otuside the tourbook. LEARN something about the cuisine before going.

In the first category would be La Fonda de la Calle Real in Antigua, GT. I'll do a separate report on that on the Central American board, ripping it in little pieces, chewing it up and spitting it out, but it got me thinking about the subject.

That's not to say there's not gems amid the detritus ... you'll find diamonds if you look hard enough at your local dump.

So what restaurants or areas should have eating travel advisories issued?

No actual reports .... you can do that on your local board. Just name names and give a brief reason why it qualifies.

BTW, for your gratuitous pleasure, this was almost a $10 (USD) breakfast at La Fonda de la Calle Real. For perspective, a dinner entree can be had for that at most nice (and delicious) restaurants in that city. The black blob to the left is refried beans. That little dry, black turd next to the egg was chorizo.

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