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Stealing another post, where do Houston folks get their intel?

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  1. I get a lot of information from the Houston Press "Restaurants" section.

    1. Other than this board, I have Alison Cook's restaurant reviews and the Houston Press's Eating Our Words blog in my RSS feed. I also occasionally read Alison's twitter feed and drop by the page that was created for her on 29-95, and I typically read the cafe reviews every week on the Houston Press website. I also browse new reviews on Yelp (but as I've mentioned on here before, you definitely have to be discerning when reading Yelp reviews). That's about it for me in terms of restaurant news (and to be clear, I don't always keep up well with all of these things!).

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      1. re: mjust

        I read B4-u-eat.com sometimes, since I find it more believable that Yelp. Lately, however, the restaurants I'm interested in have old reviews, i.e. the newest one was posted in 2009 or 2010. So I'm going to make a point to leave a comment there when I can.

        1. re: Lambowner

          Not for our area but when we travel, I check out the reviews on "Trip Advisor". http://www.tripadvisor.com/

          I always use Chowhound first for restaurants but some areas have such little information about restaurants and when you do find reviews about a certain area, they are often old. The activity on some of the boards is very slow so you have to pose your questions a month or more in advance to get some decent feedback. Plus some of the boards cover such a large area that it requires you to do searches and try and find something recent that fits with your specifications.

          I've used Trip Advisor for quite some time, I am now a "Top Contributor" with a "Trip Advisor Top Contributor" travel bag from them :-) That was a really nice surprise! Anyway, I comment on mostly hotels, restaurants and area attractions. When traveling somewhere new or looking for something different at a favorite vacation spot, I always use them. I check out restaurants here first them look there to see what their members have said.

          1. re: texasredtop

            I posted to TripAdvisor once after a request to do so from a cabin rental we stayed in once in North Carolina. I like the Houston Press also, but think B4-u-eat.com is underutilized. I posted a good review there last week and the message was that it would be posted within 24 hours, but days later it's still not there, so I dunno about that.

            1. re: Lambowner

              Trip Advisor has really grown since I first starting utilizing it. And you can get other information there too, not just restaurants. I started using it checking ratings on hotels when we traveled to new areas and found it is very accurate. I ignored a warning on a recent trip to DC about a hotel and checked in and out of it in 15 minutes and had to search for a new hotel late at night. But it turned out well. I also went back and posted my own warning. I didn't post the pictures but the hotel had challenged a poster earlier about their experience so I said in the post that if they would like to challenge me, I could post the pictures. They were silent. I thought so.

              I don't think I'll be going to the east coast ever again, at least not north of North Carolina. Not a good experience at all. Couldn't wait to get out of there. Lots of hotels should be relabeled as crack house instead of hotel. Scary stuff.

              1. re: Lambowner

                I like B4u eat, but they get really backed up. I couple of weeks ago I was worried they were going away, as all the reviews eventually came off the board. It was blank for a couple of days, and then bam, a bunch of new ones showed up. What did you review and did you use your Lamb moniker? I'd like to read it.

                1. re: James Cristinian

                  Well it's still not there, so.... I do post more frequently on citysearch under Kitchenista, but I see that I haven't even posted there since February. (S)he who relies on review sites should post now and then, I guess!

        2. Houston Press' blog, 29-95, Culturemap, and various twitter accounts from Houston.

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          1. re: air

            Yelp usually works for me. Depending on what I'm in the mood for trying, I'll search on Yelp, and then whittle down my choices based on what the reviews look like. It has worked pretty consistently. if a place is ranked 4+stars with several reviews (i.e. not just 1 -3 reviews from the owner and his friends) it has almost always been a hit. 3+ stars can be hit or miss in my experience. I also spend an ungodly amount of time searching for places on the web. B4ueat has been difficult to navigate at times.

            Oh, among blogs I also like Chili Bob's Houston Eats and I'm Never Full. One of my alltime favs is Guns and Tacos.