Haven’t you always wondered about the wisdom of people asking total strangers for restaurant recommendations? And haven’t you done it yourself? The Accidental Locavore was hungry with an hour to kill on 125th Street lately and was trying to figure out which of the many fast-food chain restaurants was going to be the least disgusting. I must have looked a little lost because suddenly I found myself being welcomed to Harlem by a friendly man on the corner. I figured he and his friend, if they were truly going to be the welcoming committee, might have an idea about a local joint, so I asked.
Mind you, I have no clue as to what his taste in food included, but I was about to find out. They very kindly pointed out all the fast food and chain restaurants I was looking to avoid. I took it all in and figured any one of them would be OK, but not what I was hoping for. “What about that fish place across the street?”
“Oh, that’s really good!” “It used to be right here until about a year ago, then they moved.” “Go, have your lunch there and tell them Lamar sent you.” Handshakes and introductions all around and I went over to the seafood place.
Where have you asked complete strangers for restaurant recommendations? And how did they do?