Would you rather? Street food or restaurants?

We’ve travelled on a budget for a long time now and have eaten in some countries almost exclusively on street food (by preference), especially where it’s done well, like Mexico, Thailand, India and China. We have stomachs of steel :laughing:

What’s your preference and where have you particularly enjoyed a meal, street or restaurant?


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Well both @Vanessa-ForumCMgr, obvs! But the best thing I ever tasted was satay at (the original) Newton Circus in Singapore, about 1977. I never knew anything could be so amazing (Britain’s street food in the 70s being non-existent).
So, I’ll choose street food for now but resort to a restaurant when my feet get tired please!

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Street food! :slight_smile:

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Where have you experienced the best street food @KenandMary1998 ? I know you are in the US at the moment, do you get those great food trucks? Another of our favourites when we were housesitting and RVing through Texas. Food trucks were all new to us then (back in 2014) but we seek them out now wherever we are!!

Street! Especially as a solo traveler, I’m still not thrilled eating in restaurants alone.

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Hi Vanessa! NYC, of course, and around Chinatown in Philadelphia. Can’t beat the food trucks in Pensacola, Florida for taquerias!

What’s special about food trucks is that chefs who cannot afford to open a restaurant can bring their goodies to us all via food trucks. :yum: :yum:

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That’s a good point @Edith - I still don’t like restaurant eating alone, even with everyone glued to their phones… I can’t find enough interesting to do on mine :laughing:

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Im much better at it than I used to be, but still not a fan.

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Both, with preference to restaurants. I like to people watch and restaurants are better for that. I don’t need restaurant ambiance. Street tacos in aluminum foil are just fine (in fact, I will go to some sketchy parts of town to have authentic tacos!).

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Personally love the kitchen and cooking for myself but when I am out and about…

Street food!
I love the whole experience.
The smells the taste the sounds
Sampling and asking what is that???

I will chime in and say that I have absolutely no problem sitting alone in a restaurant.
It is something I began doing for myself oh gosh way back in the 1980’s!

Started I think in the Fountain Bleu in Miami Beach. It was a rush to get dressed up, have a wonderful meal followed by a cognac or a brandy and of course dancing afterwards.
With who? Anyone who asked if I fancied.
Once it was a very famous NBA star. It was too much fun.
Highly recommend it to every woman.
It will shift your perception of yourself. Boost your confidence and self esteem!
:princess:
And I have found that other women, some not all, will smile and nod at you even if they are with others. Men are different but the wait staff love it!
Try it next time you are in Greece or Italy :wink:





Street fair in Oxford!
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I used to think dining alone would bother me but it doesn’t. I have had some wonderful chats with local waiters/waitress if they speak English.

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The one place I did enjoy was when travelling years ago in Australia as a solo female… there so many times I was invited over to join another table!

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Currently sitting in a tiny tapas bar in Avila, Spain eating tapas. Might not be street food but gee it’s good beiya local :grin:

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I LOVE street food! My two favorite countries with the BEST street food would definitely have to be Thailand and Mexico :yum: trying the local food is my all time favorite thing about traveling.

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Depends on my mood, the weather, whether the street food has places to sit down nearby.
Used to do food tours, but they’ve become pretty expensive.
Also started searching for pop-up opportunities on Eatwith.COM. Had some wonderful meals in London recently - got to try out different foods and meet some people. Especially nice for solo travelers to have meals with other people. Some menus and food pics -





And some more -





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Dude! :star_struck::sparkles::raised_hands::crazy_face:
New tag
Gastronomical house and pet sitting!

Just tried it! Wow!


Thanks @toml

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For me … both

Restaurants are as varied as street vendors, much depends on my mood, the occasion and the company. THE best fish and chips I’ve ever tasted came from Red Fish Blue Fish a food “truck” located on the quay in Victoria, BC. Canada

We lived in Singapore where the hawker centres are a way of life for everyone serving amazing food … difficulty with tasting the best is finding the comparable food outside of the original and authentic …

Source: https://crushmag-online.com/the-history-of-street-food

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@Angela-HeadOfCommunity My first trip to Singapore was during the Sars epidemic in spring 2003 - crazy, yes, but the air fares were so cheap, so I went.
After sleeping the first day (arrived in SIN at 1 AM), I went to what I think was called Eat St - not a true Hawker center but a street lined with small food shops and filled with tables to eat at. Worked like a Hawker center because the plates seemed common…
Wow - great food and too many things to try, and there was this troupe of amazing gymnasts and acrobats performing at one end of the street.
Although I went to a few more formal restaurants and such, most of my meals in Singapore were like that!

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@Amparo great that you found it in Montevideo!

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Definitely street food. Our next stops are Vietnam, india and Bangladesh! CAN NOT WAIT!!!

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