How to identify annoying tourist-trap restaurants

How to identify annoying tourist-trap restaurants
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One of the best ways to get to know a city is through its people and its food.

But sometimes, it is not always easy to tell if the restaurant is indeed authentic or just another tourist trap selling you imitations of the real deal and with a hefty markup.

These tourist-trap restaurant are not as easy to spot, even if you are a seasoned traveller. They can seduce you with bright signs and ginormous frozen drinks at a cheap price.

According to US entertainment site, Thrillist.com, there are 12 ways to suss out such eatery and you can do so without even going in.

If you are in a foreign country and are unfamiliar with the language, it can be a relief to finally reach a restaurant with an English-translated menu.

But if you are looking to enjoy some local cuisine, then this is definitely not the right place.

Local eateries seldom have such menus and names of dishes are usually in their native language. This is to help preserve the authenticity of the restaurant and if you need help, the servers can help translate or describe the dishes to you.

Speaking of menus, if the restaurant's list of items resembles a phone book, then it is best you find another place to dine. The thick menu is probably an indication that the restaurant has a wide variety of food from American to Chinese to cater to all tourists.

Good restaurants are often situated away from popular locations. If the restaurant you are looking at is located near the city's attractions or together with many other eateries, then it is best that you keep on walking.

According to Thrillist.com, these establishments tend to stick together and located near a landmark to lure tourists.

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