I find eating my way through a city or country to be a highlight of the travel experience. No two cities taste alike; shoot no two restaurants creating the same cuisine taste alike. While using your belly as a tour guide is a great idea, shelling out wads of cash for it is not. Consider a family of three doing a Seattle food tour: you pay around $60-100 per person, in return you get small samples and some coupons to use from the vendors you tasted from. What you don’t get is full, a dining experience, time, or choice. If you plan your own foodie tour you can do all that on a budget that suits your needs.
When I am planning on what to eat in a new city I look at these following factors:
Reviews from locals
Look for the best restaurants and shops in local magazines and newspapers as well as sites like Yelp
Get in a bit of everything
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drinks. Plan for some sight-seeing in between your meals so you don’t find yourself in a food coma. You can also space out dining over multiple days so you can eat what you crave instead of sticking to schedule.
Stick to a walkable area or neighborhood
You can visit more places and taste more foods if you chose a place that is small and dense in restaurants.
Go for shared meals and appetizers
This cuts down on costs and doesn’t make you too full.
You can eat street food
Food doesn’t have to be expensive or in a sit-down eatery to be delicious. If it looks good, go for it!