For the month of April, we’re going local! This week? We’re focusing on local food!
Today we’re going to ask a local for recommendations.
In my opinion, there’s a right way and a wrong way to ask someone for food recommendations. “What’s the best food in town?” is often going to be met with a national chain restaurant. So, of course, I’m going to give you a step by step process for getting solid food recommendations.
Step 1: Determine their local status. I don’t think a person has to have been born and raised in a place to be a local. But they do need to have lived in a place for long enough to have developed local pride. If they already start off by giving you recommendations or by talking about places they love that you haven’t heard of? This is the person you want to talk to.
Step 2: Determine their taste. Often, a great way to determine someone’s tastes is to find common ground. Share a little about a restaurant or food product you love, and see if they respond favorably! This means you will often like other similar food.
Step 3: Make the ask--and BE SPECIFIC. You need to really know what you’re looking for a recommendation for. Is it the best Italian food in town? Is it a cool bar with a chill vibe? Is it a place where your family will learn the names of the owner’s family and be able to see your kids grow together over time? In knowing what you really want from a local restaurant, you can articulate your question better and get an answer that really meets your needs.
Step 4: WRITE IT THE EFF DOWN. One of my teachers used to say, “Amateurs try to remember. Professionals write it down.” This means that you need to have a place to collect this knowledge. I usually make a note in my phone and include the restaurant name, the person who recommended it, and then whatever I think I would search to find it later when I’m trying to remember it (“cool patio” or “fish tank” or “cajun burger”). You can’t go there, if you don’t remember it.
Quick review: the four steps to asking a local for food recommendations are: 1. Determine their local status, 2. Determine their taste, 3. Make a specific ask., 4. Write it the eff down.
I hope you’re able to enjoy a local recommendation soon!
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