One of the biggest problems I see with nationally run restaurant recommendations websites is, while they have a ton of listings, their recommendations tend to suck when you actually try to get local. I don’t care how many listings or traffic you have. All I’m looking for are good restaurant recommendations that will lead to an enjoyable meal.
Which is why I’m impressed with WhereTheLocalsEat.com. The results for the Twin Cities (or, Twincy as the kids these days refer to the area) are very good. Here’s a sample from their top-100 in locally, filtered for “Best Of” restaurants so only the best restaurant by category is shown:
The site isn’t perfect. For example, it lists some restaurants that have gone under, such as Babalu.
But it’s good enough to use as a starting point for new places to try. And since it is a national site, it may be worth trying when traveling so you don’t end up at TGI Friday’s.