The mythic locals who know where to eat
I want to dispel the whole notion that you can go to a town and instead of eating at the obvious touristy places, you can ask the locals where they eat -- and they'll tell you. I mean, I like to think that's true, but let's get realistic.
What would happen if you stopped a man in the street in Baltimore and asked him where would be a good place to try local food? I shudder to think. Of course, you could always luck out; but what are the odds?
Disclaimer: Nothing against Clyde's. Because it's my mother-in-law's favorite restaurant in Washington, I eat there more than you might think.
(Kenneth K. Lam/Sun photographer)