Planning a night out at a new restaurant? For the real deal on that meal — its quality and price — hit the keyboard before the road. Grubstreet.com provides news and reviews of restaurants in six cities, and its MenuPages.com link lets you search by neighborhood and food type, with sample menus. At Gayot.com, you can search for features such as outdoor dining, heart-healthy offerings and romantic settings. Chow.com feeds foodie needs, from detailed reviews at its Chowhounds message board to creative recipes and dining-related articles.
Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues.