What do you think of the new (and improved?) DNM-Restaurant (online) Guide? - moved from Texas board
Anyone seen the “new” DMN-Guide (online) Restaurant section? It’s now only as good as your local yellow pages – assuming all listings are represented. Details on some restaurants that were available have vanished, review dates are gone, as are review authors (biggies, both), some suburb towns are missing from the drop down which eliminates an entire search category if you don’t already know the name of the town (that feature I will miss).
But down at the bottom of the restaurant entry page, they solicit “user reviews”. So, good, bad or indifferent, they’re officially “on the band wagon of communal reviews”.
(I wonder why some review details disappeared and some remain.)
So all of the reviews from 3 years ago and before are gone? That is interesting. So if I wanted at least some information about say something in Denton county (Lewisville or Flower Mound) it is not there. They never get out here to begin with and to erase all the reviews is not a good idea. Maybe in Uptown it might be a great idea since it is a few blocks from DMN HQ, but for those of us who actually drive to get to a restaurant this might be damaging. I want some background info no matter how old it is before I get in the car and go.
I would much rather have a B4-U-Eat Dallas than to have D Magazine and DMN trying to duke it out for superiority and constantly changing up the website. With the number of reviews lately I think they have more web desginers than reviewers down at either. I just need some commentary about what is good or bad and an address. I don't care much about the atmosphere or service. I just go in thinking I will get the worst of each atmospher and service.
I believe it is about time that the big media houses realize that they are doomed because word travels faster on a board like Chowhound, DallasFood or B4-U-Eat. I have found better places on Chowhound, DallasFood and B4-U-Eat than I ever have at the DMN. I like the dedication we all seem to have to help out the small guys and not the larger restaurants with PR agendas.
In Houston, we generally believe that the worse the service, the better the food gets :)
Would the guys in charge of DallasFood be willing to undertake such a project? They already have a good, easy to remember URL, there's a good sized community, so I think having a full blown section a la B4-U-Eat dedicated to reviews would work well there.
Four categories to search
The reviews are succinct, user generated (but regulated), and no frills java or ads. It is text only and has links to the website/menu. If you need a map you can look it up yourself. The website moves fast because of the simplicity.
I just received an e-mail from one of their reps stating that reviews older than 3 years have been eliminated - probably a good thing as I know some reveiws went back to the mid-90's and as chefs (and restaurants) come and go, those reviews could assuredly be discounted.
But since they're obviously reading their (contact-us) email, if there's something questionable/pertinent in your mind, let them know about it.
I hate how the new design forces you to open the reviews under the DMN's site instead of Guidelive. It still has lots of good details in the box to the right of the review, but the older design doesn't feel as crowded. There weren't as many ads or too many other columns with links on the sides, so there was a lot more space for the reviews, and they were much easier to read.
I agree the neighborhood drop down feature was quite useful. Maybe we should just open up our own variation of B4-U-Eat for DFW...