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Aug 24, 2007 03:24 PM

Finding hidden gems -

Stumbled across this site the other day:

While the main page provides a list of major US cities, plugging in a specific ZIP code into the search box breaks out an area. I used it to check two in my hometown (Fresno CA) in areas that I don't get to much and was surprised at the number of little places I'd never heard of.

Click on the Restaurants link in the left margin to bring up just those businesses. Another nice feature is that below in the left margin it will list other small towns in the vicinity.

Naturally, there will be some listings that are no longer valid and new ventures that aren't included, but I was pleasantly surprised at how current it is.

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  1. I just took a look at it for my zip code and the two worst restaurants were rated the best. So I don't know where the data is coming from but at least here it's not very Chowhoundish.

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    1. re: Carole

      Hmm, I only clicked on a couple of the reviews for places and there really wasn't any information. I thought the value in it was just the address and phone listings for unexplored and out of the way spots.

    2. spam! made the front page, too.

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      1. re: enhF94

        Is there a link to the article? TIA

      2. Actually, of 22 restaurants listed in my neighborhood, 4 are closed, including one that's been closed since some time last year, and there were as many places that I don't think actually exist.

        1. I checked it out for Oakland, CA. It had nail salons mixed in with restaurants. A place with a great review and 100% loved it, would only have 1 review. Not real accurate.

          1. No good deed goes unpunished, apparently.