My mom has always had a rule when we travel: Never eat in restaurants whose menus have pictures in them.
You know the type I’m talking about. They are usually located in the tourist areas of a city and the pictures take over pretty much the entire menu. Such was the case on this past Christmas trip to Roma. While walking the narrow, cobble-stoned streets around the Pantheon restaurant hosts stood in the doorway calling out to tourists to entice them to sit for a meal. The menus were prominently displayed to the side of the door and any possible guest could simply look at the food served.
I don’t know about you, but it reminds of fast food places here in the US and I find that eating in such a restaurant will guarantee a mediocre or bad meal. One of the advantages of traveling is tasting local dishes and the best places to do that are restaurants that the locals eat in. So don’t be afraid to explore your destination.