Between a multitude of major food media publications, blogs, review sites, forums, one can get lost and flooded with restaurant suggestions and hype trains.
How do you find out about new restaurants, or how do you decide to choose which one to go to?
Besides the obvious, walking around new neighborhoods and getting recommendations from friends, locals, publications, some of the techniques I use:
- Zooming in and out on google maps on nabes, usually on the "yellowish" congested areas and streets on the maps, which causes restaurants to pop up. Identifying patterns in nabes this way is also a good tool to see clusters of a specific ethnicity.
- Following restaurants on Facebook/social media. A lot of restaurants post specials and daily offerings, which can also help to find unique and regional dishes or weekend specials not always found in restaurants.
- In addition, there are also a number of groups on Facebook for specific communities (i.e. Brazilians in NJ, Latinos in NY, etc), which I join where you can find homemade meals, or restaurant suggestions. This can also be true for the marketplace on Facebook. (And groups like these of course are pandering to their own respective local community).
- Scavenging pertinent information, from photos, reviews, on various sites like Google reviews, yelp, Tripadvisor, Facebook. Yelp bookmarking is of course a useful tool to store places.
- And of course, lots of research and googling about cuisine. Scouring menus for rare or not-often seen dishes, indicating regional dishes. Which goes to say that knowledge and knowing what to ask for and where is always the most useful tool.
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