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April 8, 2001

Peckish in an Unfamiliar Place
(excerpt from a New York Times article)


"For pure gastronomic misery and family stress, nothing beats being on the road at dinnertime, searching in vain for a decent place to eat. On far too many occasions, I've found myself in unfamiliar territory with a five- alarm appetite and a carload of cranky travel companions, wondering whether my dashboard had any nutritional value, or whether I could make a go of it as a single man without a car. A little planning would have helped matters, but until the past few years, it would have required relying on guidebooks, which can offer less than complete listings or are quickly outdated. For those who can chart their itineraries with a modicum of precision, there is a legion of useful Web sites that offer a vast directory of restaurant listings, with reviews, maps and even online reservation systems...

For those who want to bring a more deliberative method to choosing restaurants before they hit the road, several Internet sites bear mentioning. One is Digital City (, a free service of AOL. Like its competitor, CitySearch (, Digital City is a guide to local information about scores of cities across the country, and offers extensive restaurant listings and descriptions. Like the best restaurant-oriented Web sites, Digital City lets you narrow your search by cuisine. Unfortunately, like most other such sites, it does not allow you to winnow your choice by price. But once you've chosen a promising candidate, you can often find a professionally written review. According to Jim Riesenbach, Digital City's general manager, those reviews come courtesy of the Gayot restaurant guides, which cover about 17,000 establishments on the site. ..."


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