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Mar 18, 2013 09:25 PM

Vancouver Yelp or UrbanSpoon or TripAdvisor

I research on chowhound for planned meals. But for last minute or on-the-go restaurants recommendations, which app is more reliable for Vancouver? Yelp, UrbanSpoon, TripAdvisor, others?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Yelp-super picky divas niggling over details and imagined slights or eager beavers trying to ingratiate into the community-functional illiterates galore make the place a howler for errors in grammar & syntax.

    Trip Advisor-either starry eyed/moonstruck tourist newbies or perennial sore losers-little middle ground.

    Urban Spoon-dimwits abound the Gimme Freebie Bloggie set-some of the most limited people imaginable and their dreary lives/execrable photography.

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      1. re: fmed

        Sam: No commentary on Chowhounds? :)

        On this I fully agree with fmed. Those sites you have to know whom to trust. (But that is kind of true here too, no?)

      2. re: Sam Salmon

        Funny, Sam!

        I use yelp the most. I do find that people complain over small slights too often and the ratings are not usually based on the food itself. Also too many overhyped hipster restaurants are rated highly which in fact are mediocre (ie Nuba).

        I find tripadvisor to be quite good when I visit other cities (but you have to watch out for tourist traps)

        I like Urbanspoon the least out of the three as it recommends mostly cheaper restaurants - but it does have some good recommendations that the other two sites miss sometimes.

      3. No clear winner. It's all in the demographics and the alpha-posters. (You have to know who the reliable posters and bloggers are on any of them).

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        1. re: fmed

          Apart from CH, I mostly use dinehere (whinehere?) and urbanspoon for the writeups, but Yelp is pretty good for coordinates. Never read TripAdvisor for my own city but it seems pretty lame for Portland and SF soooo... YMMV!

        2. I think we know who the alpha-posters on Chowhound are... ;)