A  Pork Barbecue Feast
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A  Pork Barbecue Feast

Growing up, my grandparents enjoyed preparing pork barbecue a few times every year at their home. Whenever they barbecued, they would invite several friends and other family members over. To serve with the pork meat, my grandmother always prepared several mouthwatering side dishes such as potato salad and baked beans. Because they slow cooked the meat for hours, they were always extremely tired when the fun festivities were complete. Nowadays, my family skips the hassle of cooking pork barbecue themselves. Instead, they enjoy this delicious entree at a favorite local restaurant. On this blog, you will discover the best side dishes to order with a pork barbecue meal at a restaurant. Enjoy!


A Pork Barbecue Feast

How To Choose A Family Restaurant When You're On Vacation

Roland Adams

When you're vacationing in an area that gets a high volume of tourist traffic, the choices of available places to eat can be overwhelming. Choosing the right restaurant can be even more difficult when traveling with a family -- after all, there are several palettes to please and often a fairly wide range of ages. If you're like most parents, you probably already know that a dining out with children can be tricky enough on your home turf, let alone in a place with which you're unfamiliar. Following are several strategies designed to help parents make good restaurant picks when vacationing with their families:

Scout Ahead 

Many bad restaurant experiences are the result of making last-minute decisions when the kids are hungry and parental patience is low. You may find yourself in an establishment that really doesn't suit your group when you're in a hurry to get everyone fed. Scouting ahead can help eliminate this particular type of predicament. First, decide the general vicinity of where you want to eat, then do some online sleuthing to get a sense of how each place stacks up for family dining. 

Make Reservations

Although you don't necessarily need to rule out anywhere that doesn't provide a children's menu, make sure there are at least a few selections that are suitable for kids. Also, even though many family restaurants don't take reservations, some do if they're located in areas with high amounts of the tourist trade. If you find a family-friendly restaurant that takes reservations, by all means, make them to ensure that your bunch gets fed in a timely fashion. 

Go Early

If you can't make reservations, try to beat the maddening crowd by arriving before the traditional dinner hour. You may find a better selection of seating at 5 p.m., for example, than at any time after 6 p.m. 

How to Proceed When You Can't Scout Ahead

Even the most precise planning can sometimes go awry. If this happens to you, don't panic -- you can still salvage your family dinner with some quick thinking. Vacation destinations all have commercial districts featuring a variety of restaurant choices, and chances are good that you might even find something within walking distance of your hotel. Steer clear of specialty establishments unless everyone in your family shares a love of a specific cuisine. For instance, if you all love Texas barbecue, you should definitely check out a nearby barbecue shack. If you've got varied tastes, find a restaurant with a menu that has something for everyone. 

Contact local dinner places for more information and assistance.