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post #1 of 15
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My family loves eating in new and different places. On a road trip, do you do any foodie road trip games, or have any tips to share? We are looking for more of them! Here are some of the things we do already:

Look up places that have been featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Flavortownusa.com lists all of them. They are usually really frugal, a good example of local eats, and great-tasting.

We have a "road trip rule" that we don't eat at chain restaurants, or at least ones we've been to before. It's all about exploring new places, so no McDonald's or Olive Garden for us. Sometimes when you want a quick bite to eat that can be challenging, but it's worth the effort to try new things while on the road.

The kids aren't allowed to order the same thing two days in a row. Too many children's menus offer the exact same thing: hamburger, chicken strips, etc. This way, they don't get stuck in a rut.

We use the YELP app to search out local places as well.

We like to recognize the most adventurous eater or strangest thing eaten. It's fun to point out on the menu things we've never eaten, or sound exotic or strange in some way.

Stop at local grocery stores to check out regional differences. Try new things, whether it's a different brand of potato chips or local flavors from the deli counter.
post #2 of 15

I'm the same way.  I love to find new places.

We don't have any games though.

I always read the restaurant reviews on Trip Advisor before I go.  And I try to google snacks and regional foods as well to see what is well known in the area.

I have bought several cookbooks from different places we've been to as my souvenir.
 

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by 23daisys View Post

I'm the same way.  I love to find new places.

We don't have any games though.

I always read the restaurant reviews on Trip Advisor before I go.  And I try to google snacks and regional foods as well to see what is well known in the area.

I have bought several cookbooks from different places we've been to as my souvenir.
 

 

Good tips!!

 

I like Trip Advisor too.  What I like is they rank the restaurants by area, so you can look up the top 10 in whatever area you're visiting.

post #4 of 15

We did this for the most part on our last road trip. We used yelp and it didn't steer us wrong. We found some great places and if we ever go back to the area there are several places I want to go back.

post #5 of 15

We don't go to chain restaurants either when we travel or are on vacation.  I use Yelp a lot (and contribute a lot).  We will also ask the hotel front desk or people local to the area.  I really enjoy regional differences in food.

 

DH and I love Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and keep saying we need to check out some of those restaurants. Not too many are local, but there are a few within two hours of us.

post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Go Pack! View Post I use Yelp a lot (and contribute a lot).  

 

What's your username?  I'll follow you!

 

I'm adding the traveling dinner idea to this list too.  

post #7 of 15
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I have bought several cookbooks from different places we've been to as my souvenir.
 

 

My husband often gets a t-shirt from some of the mom-and-pop restaurants we visit.  He's got quite the collection!

post #8 of 15
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Other foodie souvenirs you can get for free:

 

matchbooks (keep them in a clear glass container)

coasters

napkins

take-out menus

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Surely I'm not in the minority here, but my husband laughs at me because I take pictures of our food on vacation.  I mean, not fries or something, but anything interesting or fancy or different.  I like to scrapbook it in with my other pictures.  Its second nature now for everyone to let me take the food picture before they start eating.  lol
 

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Surely I'm not in the minority here, but my husband laughs at me because I take pictures of our food on vacation.  I mean, not fries or something, but anything interesting or fancy or different.  I like to scrapbook it in with my other pictures.  Its second nature now for everyone to let me take the food picture before they start eating.  lol
 

 

I do that too!!!  I am thinking of doing a photo collage of my restaurant photos and my own foodie photos for the dining room or kitchen.  Is that weird?  

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