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Vancouver Yelp or UrbanSpoon or TripAdvisor

carcassone Mar 18, 2013 09:25 PM

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. Sam Salmon RE: carcassone Mar 18, 2013 10:14 PM

    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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      fmed RE: Sam Salmon Mar 18, 2013 11:11 PM

      LOL Sam.

      1. re: fmed
        YVRChow RE: fmed Mar 19, 2013 08:06 AM

        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
        quddous RE: Sam Salmon Mar 20, 2013 03:24 PM

        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. fmed RE: carcassone Mar 18, 2013 11:18 PM

        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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          grayelf RE: fmed Mar 19, 2013 08:34 PM

          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. flowbee RE: carcassone Mar 19, 2013 08:58 PM

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

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