December 21, 2012 | by Christina Van
Are you a foodie through and through? Do you dream of where you’ll dine on your next holiday? For many, the best part of a vacation is eating in new restaurants and trying the best, most authentic dishes a city has to offer.
Today, finding just the right restaurant while you’re traveling is easy. An array of food review websites compile everything from menus and maps to ratings and reservations.
To make your next holiday a diner’s dream, we’ve created a list of the top three food and restaurant review sites from all over the world.
....English-speaking countries everywhere, including Canada
Urban Spoon has earned its reputation as the best site for restaurant reviews and information. As a traveler, you can take advantage of all the great ways you can search for a place to eat: by price range, cuisine, neighbourhood, or category (everything from gluten-free to romantic).
The site features a forum where locals weigh in on hot new cafes and eateries while its review tool acts like an aggregrate, gathering the latest reviews from local newspaper food critics.
Plan your trip to the local sushi house or brunch spot with their online map, menu and hours in hand, then click to make your reservation. Eating well anywhere (Canada, United States, Australia, England, and Ireland) doesn’t get any easier.
....Anywhere in the world
You’ve heard of their guide books, and you’ve probably done your share of dog-earing the pages of their hefty sections on where to eat. Lonely Planet.com’s restaurants section is even more accessible, with listings according to country (every country), handy maps, and links to restaurant websites.
Lonely Planet has a pretty big following with international foodies because initial listings and info are regularly updated by regional writers in the know about hidden and authentic hotspots where locals line up. Never mind their entries on comfort food eateries when you just can’t eat any more rice. From the homepage, just select your destination in the top menu, click on 'Restaurants' on the left under "Things to Do", and get ready to drool.
If you’re the type of traveler who wants to experience a culture through its food, visit the Food Buzz global pages long before you pack your bags. In addition to informative reviews by real people, including a popular column about the best lunch spots in New York City, Food Buzz offers a fantastic window into international cuisine and what to look for in those must-have dishes in any city, from cinnamon sticks in Brooklyn to Paneer Lababdar in India. Dig in!
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