You have your list of restaurants you want to experience. You are all set, right? Choosing the restaurant is one of the most important parts of a good experience, but there are other things you can do to ensure your meals a great memory.
Use these tips to make your dining experience enjoyable
Make reservations:Some of the most popular restaurants will likely have long waits around mealtime. While that bodes well for the food you are about to eat, that wait can be frustrating when you are hungry. Call restaurants ahead of time to see if they take reservations.
Eat at off times:Another way to avoid the rush is to eat a little earlier or a little later than most other people. You will not have to wait long, if at all, for a table, and the wait staff will not be as rushed. You may find the overall experience more relaxed and enjoyable.
Ask for suggestions:Most people have their go-to meals they always order at their favorite restaurants. When you are traveling and dine at local restaurants, you do not have those favorites. If you are not sure what to order, ask for recommendations. Your server can tell you which dishes are most popular, as well as personal favorites. Take this as your chance to be adventurous with what you order.
Remain flexible:Like all aspects of travel, dining on the road requires some degree of flexibility. You might find the wait to be too long at a restaurant you planned to try, or the spot you choose may run out of your favorite dish. A flexible attitude makes the experience a little more enjoyable, even if it does not go as expected.
Check restaurant information:One way to avoid disappointment is by getting all of the necessary information on the restaurant. Some independently owned restaurants are closed one or two days per week. Some may only serve lunch and breakfast, while others are only open for dinner. Check on regular hours, so you know the establishment is open when you go.
Expect some flops:No matter how much you research, some of your dining experiences while on vacation may fall short of your expectations. Go into the trip knowing that not every restaurant will be your favorite. If you have a disappointing experience, brush it off, and choose a different restaurant for your next meal.
Leave feedback: Leaving reviews and feedback on restaurants you visit can help other travelers make their dining decisions. Leave honest opinions that are helpful to others.