My DH really likes local, and we have an abundance around here, thankfully!
Even when travelling, we ask the front desk, "please tell us where YOU like to go, not where the top paid advertiser for this hotel suggests guests should go."
And we have never been steered wrong by travelling a bit off the beaten path.
And, it is not more expensive!
Now, for fine dining, I cannot answer much. But farmer's market produce, chef in the back, the menu changes seasonally, yeah, we like that stuff!