Part of working with the public involves telling them where to eat. Tourists or people who don't get out much ask for recommendations, which is perfectly natural, but causes me stress. I have been in their position and I know what they expect. They want to know some little secret.
I remember once being somewhere and hungry and the area seemed so lively and full of potential. It felt like there had to be some yummy, reasonably priced little restaurant with a friendly staff and fresh, real food where all the cool locals ate. We went into a cute little boutique shop and asked the young, hip staff where we should eat. The clerk's bored response, backed by her dead eyes, was "I just always go to Subway." Back out on the street, we bravely asked a stranger. "Subway. Quiznos."
Telling people where to eat stresses me out because if they don't like it, I fear they will judge me and somehow hold me accountable for their experience. It's a ridiculous fear, but it motivates me. I usually have a couple answers on hand. First, there is the restaurant that I always recommend because the food is consistently good and I know the owners. If they press me for more ideas and are annoying, I recommend the wildly popular restaurant with the mediocre food. If they ask for me ideas and are not too annoying, I recommend a restaurant that I really like, but only if I know I won't be going there myself anytime within their possible visit.