The trick is to do the tour in a place with some Roadfood restaurants we know are great (so it’s not a waste of time for the group) but others yet to be tried, where there is some variety of cuisine (how many people want to sample 7 variations of the same dish in a row?) and — this is a tricky part — where there are great eateries that can accommodate a sudden onslaught of 50 or 100 Roadfooders. (I thought we tested the limit of that last one at Prince’s Hot Chicken in Nashville; conversely, the BBQ’s of Texas weren’t the least bit fazed.) And primarily, we want to go somewhere that has some regional specialties that most of us simply can’t get at home. The limited radius is important, too, since I think most people who participate would rather spend their time eating and socializing than riding on a bus.
Having read the reports of several of the Roadfood.com tours in the past years, am I correct in presuming that the tours are confined to regions within a limited radius of some central starting/ending point (like the pairing of Rochester and Buffalo last fall)? And that the Tours are not a means for you to discover new restaurants, but for the group to tour establishments known to you together?