Most of us would go to a place recommended by someone whose opinion we trust - that is the point of these boards to a large extent.
I currently live in a little town where I don't think any restaurant (not that many here) hasn't been tried and either thumbs upped or downed by someone I know. But I am about to move to LA, a much larger place with probably 100 restaurants in each 5 block square, and tons of places that neither I nor anyone I know has ever stepped foot into.
Which got me thinking - how often do you eat at a restaurant that you don't know anything about, have not heard anything about, and which hasn't been recommended (nor dissed) by anyone you know or don't know? Really sight unseen. Just step in and take a leap of faith? We can respond on a scale of (1) often, (2) regularly, (3) on occasion, and (4) rarely or never.
ROAD TRIPS DON'T COUNT. Only because most of us do stop at places we don't know anything about when we're on a road trip and we have to eat somewhere.
If you are an "often" or a "regularly," how has it worked out for you? Are you pleased more often than dissapointed? Have you found a place you absolutely adore and come back to frequently that you just stumbled across in this fashion?