Everyone thinks they’re a “pro” at successfully identifying a tourist-trap restaurant, and they have the Hard Rock Cafe shirts/battle scars to prove it. Don't try to slip something by them, dammit!
But tourist traps aren’t as easy to spot as you think -- that is why they’re called traps, after all. They entice you with their flashy signs, giant fruity cocktails, and bubbly waiters dressed as some sort of character. It’s all just so... alluring! And even though you know you shouldn't go in, you can't resist -- did you see the size of those frozen cocktails!?!?
Stop. Don’t take the bait, because what will result is an unsatisfying meal at a substantial markup... excluding the tip they "forgot" to tell you was already included. No, next time you’re perusing eateries in uncharted territory, look out for these 12 surefire signs you’re about to enter [cue evil music] a tourist-trap restaurant.
They're borderline begging you to eat there Stage-five clinger isn’t just a hilarious term from Wedding Crashers. When you’re walking by a restaurant, and a host or hostess tries to not-so-subtly coax you into the joint, it’s more than just suspect. It’s a turn-off. Not to mention, a giant red flag. There’s a reason they’re begging; neediness never makes something look appealing, and this includes your food.