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Dining out

Simon and Susan at the Cricketers Arms

As a general rule, food is plentiful, relatively cheap, available 24 hours a day and nearly always appetising and filling. You will encounter an increasing number of fine-dining possibilities, but the basic emphasis is still on value for money. Put simply, portions will be large! Service is also efficient and friendly, and it’s usually hard to come by a bad meal.

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  • Informal: In keeping with the climate, most restaurants tend towards the informal (T-shirts and shorts are usually acceptable) and cater readily for families. This also leads to great deals for budget-conscious tourists,
  • Tipping: Please, don’t forget to tip. The usual rate for tips is 10% of your bill at buffet-style restaurants and 15% at full-service restaurants.
  • How to order: You can never order just ‘toast’ – it has to be white, brown, wholewheat, rye, muffin or bagel. Be prepared to be specific.
  • Vegetarian options: Not always as well catered for as in the UK, you’ll still find options if you look around (or look in our book).
  • Fast food: You’ll find all the big names plus many exclusively US chains. Many fast food options also have a drive-through window.
  • The breakfast specialists: There’s Cracker Barrel, Bob Evans, International House of Pancakes, Waffle House; Denny’s and many more.
  • Buffet style: The unarguable value of the all-you-can-eat restaurants is very much in evidence, from Ponderosa Steakhouse and Sizzler to Golden Corral, Black Angus and Shoney’s.
  • The big chains: Moving up into the next price category are, among others, Applebee’s, Bahama Breeze, Bennigan’s, Café Tu Tu Tango, Cheesecake Factory, Logan’s Roadhouse, Smokey Bones and Tony Roma’s.
  • Asian extravaganza: Thai, Japanese and all manner of exotic cuisine can be found at the likes of Red Bamboo, Seito Sushi and Shogun Steakhouse.
  • Indian & Chinese: There’s a wide range of Chinese restaurants, from the ordinary to 5-star, but the Indian choice is harder to pin down. Look out for Aashirwad, Dragon Court Buffet, Memories of India and Ming Court.
  • Italian: Good Italian family-style dining has some excellent chains here, such as Antonio’s, Brio Tuscan Grille and Macaroni Grill.
  • British-style: There is an array of British-style pubs appealing to UK visitors, such as Best of British, Orlando George & Dragon and Shamrock Pub & Grille (formerly The Pub).
  • Seafood: The choice of seafood eateries is equally wide and features some fun chains and excellent individuals including Boston Lobster Feast, The Crab House, McCormick and Schmick’s and Red Lobster.
  • Deluxe dining: This is where you can really go to town with your dining choice, especially when it comes to a fine array of steakhouses such as Boheme Restaurant, Charley’s Steak Houses and Morton’s of Chicago.
  • Our top 10: If you fancy really splashing out, you'll find our top 10 suggestions for where both the food and the ambience are distinctly special.



Our top 10 dining out venues

Enjoying your holiday