Thinking about heading to the Dominican Republic, but concerned about finding good, local food? Rightfully so. There are a lot of all-inclusive resorts and a tourism market that seems more concerned with pleasing a wide audience rather than teaching you about local flavors. When there’s Maine lobster and clam chowder on the menu, you’re right to be suspicious.
I’m by no means an expert, but on a media trip earlier this year, I saw both sides. The buffet and the tourist restaurant, a local favorite and the farmers market. I watched, I observed, and when faced with it, I ate the strangest foods on the buffet. I hope that my virtual smorgasbord that follows will help guide you and your palate through the Dominican Republic and far, far away from the dreaded buffet.