But I’ve confirmed my hypothesis about enjoying yourself in a new and unfamiliar town. First rule: run away from the hotel, as far and as fast as you can. Rule two: avoid any place where people like you (meaning out-of-towners or tourists) congregate. Rule three: when you find a crummy bar clogged with locals who seem to be enjoying themselves, go in, sit down, and start drinking. Be sure to buy a few rounds for your fellow drinkers. At the appropriate moment, inquire of the best places to eat.
Anthony Bourdain, Madness in Crescent City (from The Nasty Bits)