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Feb 2, 2012 07:41 PM

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

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

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    1. re: GH1618

      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.

    2. 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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        1. re: TLF

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

      1. 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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        1. re: dave_c

          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. 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.