We don’t know about you, but the absolute first thing we do when planning a trip is deciding where to eat. After all, there is no more authentic way to the heart (or stomach) of a culture than through its local dining scene. At OpenTable, we believe in the power of what happens around the restaurant table — so we thought it was about time we take a step back and help you get there.
And so, we took to the streets, in three of the most interesting, exciting food cities around the world today — London, Austin, and Los Angeles. Each unique in their culinary history and characters, they share a certain edge and willingness to experiment with the dining status quo. Discover the new London, once a bastion of bubble and squeak and other dubious food stuffs we were all taught to avoid, is experiencing a delicious renaissance, led by chefs like Fergus Henderson and Yotam Ottolenghi, but now exploding with young, creative talent. And, how much more than barbecue there is in Austin (not that you shouldn’t make a point of hunting down the best ribs and washing them down with a craft brew or two). Los Angeles leads the nation’s food avant-garde, with arguably the most nationally influential food critic, Jonathan Gold, in charge and fusion, fermentation, and fenugreek for days.