When you travel, do you eat at places that offer some local flavor? Or do you play it safe and stick to chain restaurants? Those of you who read last week's column may recall that I recently visited South Dakota. While there, my husband and I tried to find places with some local charm.
I have foodie friends who check out every street vendor and hole-in-the-wall eatery for "authentic" dishes while on vacation. I'm more cautious, because food poisoning is an adventure I'd rather avoid. Nor do I hit a four-star restaurant every night; I'm usually too busy sightseeing to spend the time and money.
When you're traveling, chain restaurants have the advantage of being familiar and predictable. If you have a carload of hungry kids, or when you're tired from a long day of sightseeing, it's nice to know what menu items, food quality and service level you can expect.
But, if you're looking for something more adventurous or unique to the local area, you won't find it at McDonald's or Applebee's. You might as well be eating back home.