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Do you Yelp? (Moved from Kentucky & Tennessee board)

sierraskyesmom Feb 2, 2012 07:41 PM

I like this board and am a member of Yelp as well. Just wanted to know if anyone else on here Yelps? I wish this board had as much activity as the other.

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    GH1618 RE: sierraskyesmom Feb 2, 2012 08:24 PM

    Never. I don't find it helpful, and don't trust the advice. I prefer to find things myself.

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      pete k RE: GH1618 Feb 3, 2012 06:26 AM

      I Yelp on occasion, but I agree with some of GH1618's statement. I find that a lot of people’s food related reviews are the complete opposite of the same experiences I've had. There's a few opinions I trust, and that's not saying much.

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      chileheadmike RE: sierraskyesmom Feb 3, 2012 08:47 AM

      I have their app on my Android phone. Works pretty well and I can find restaurants in new areas. It also works well with the navigation app.

      But I don't really trust any of the reviews.

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        TLF RE: chileheadmike Feb 3, 2012 09:10 AM


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          chris2269 RE: TLF Feb 3, 2012 11:26 AM

          Yeah also use it for navigation. Whats in the area I'm staying. Then do my own research via CH or other sources.

      2. dave_c RE: sierraskyesmom Feb 3, 2012 12:02 PM

        Now that I have a smartphone, I use and I do like the Yelp app, now that I've figured out how to use it. Their directory seems up-to-date and the mapping interface is pretty good. I also read the reviews for any dish recommendations.

        Depending upon location, Yelp is the only source of info since some CH boards are too broad or don't have the local membership to provide up-to-date info or timely responses.

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          tonifi RE: dave_c Feb 3, 2012 06:54 PM

          Yep, I"m with some of the above posters. I use yelp to get an idea of the names of some restaurants in unfamiliar areas, or to get a rough overview of a restaurant, but I have been steered VERY wrong by yelp in the past, and I don't rely much on it. I find CH to be a much more impartial and informed forum, but if I am looking for Mexican in Glencoe, MO...well, CH usually can't help me there.

        2. Bada Bing RE: sierraskyesmom Feb 3, 2012 06:51 PM

          Yelp and also TripAdvisor offer many more ideas for my local area. Chowhound is great in all kinds of ways, but the users are more select and therefore less numerous. Yelp, for example, can tell me about half a dozen local and authentic Mexican hole-in-the-wall restaurants in my Indiana town, but Chowhound only has a few threads connected to the same town, and the discussion is mainly oriented toward more upscale establishments.

          That said, I also give much more weight to Chow reviewers.

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