My friends often poke fun at me for my stories of my eating escapades when I travel. Many say I am the only person they know who eats their way through a vacation.

In my defense, I think you can understand a great deal about the places you visit by the foods the locals cherish.

Some of our most cherished local eateries will be available for you to visit at reduced rates next week during QC Restaurant Week - a festival after my own heart.

Amazing deals are available, like $7-10 lunches or $15-30 dinners, at 30+ local eateries.

Take advantage of the reduced rates to discover new dishes at spots you may have never thought to visit before, or have always wanted to try.

See a list of restaurants participating in QC Restaurant Week here.

- Craig