Yelp

Because I can’t be all things to all people at all times (nor can most of my other fellow Houston bloggers), a site called Yelp has stepped in to fill our gaps.  Think Citysearch, but more in-touch and with a cleaner interface.  It also has the added bonus of allowing users to add local events and happenings, not just reviews of restaurants and other attractions around the city.

For example, Sur La Table is having a spring tapas party this evening at 6:30 at the River Oaks location.  For $69.00, you and your friends can learn to make a variety of tapas and learn shortcuts and timesavers in the kitchen to help you spend less time at the stove when guests are over.  Sur La Table  — like Williams-Sonoma — offers classes like these nearly every night of the week, so check out their calendar to see if any of them sound fun to you!  Next Tuesday is “cooking with beer” night!

As far as I’m concerned, there aren’t nearly enough foodie events listed yet.  But the good news is that the way that websites like Yelp, along with Citysearch and b4-u-eat become successful and reliable is by people like you and me adding information, events and reviews and participating in discussions.  So go check Yelp out when you get a chance and start adding your two cents!

6 responses to “Yelp

  1. Hi. I agree that Yelp has a clear interface. So far, though, the content is neither as comprehensive nor as helpful as b4-u-eat.

    For instance, Yelp’s list of the Top 5 “Chinese restaurants” in town includes Mai’s (Vietnamese food), Kim Son (mostly Vietnamese food), and Benihana (Japanese food). The other two listed are Doozo (a dumpling and sushi stand in a downtown mall) and Pepper Tree (a vegetarian buffet). None of these are the best representatives of Chinese food in Houston, and they certainly don’t belong in the top 5.

    Yelp is going to need a lot more help from knowledgeable people like you before it is a helpful site.

  2. I LOVE yelp. been reviewing for about a year and thanks to others, I have found some awesome food in my area that I would not otherwise have known about. great site.

    re. comment above mine, we haven’t had that kind of problem with yelp in the san diego/oc (where I am)/los angeles. I don’t know if that’s because yelp grew in this area far faster than many other cities or if it’s because of the gigantic hardcore foodie culture we have here in socal.

    even so, I wish we had a b4-u-eat site just for my area. that site looks very cool.

  3. Here is an example of how Yelp operates. Paid Yelpers communicate on a Yelp Topic Site ( http://www.yelp.com/topic ) .
    Below, 3 Yelpers who have never been in a certain establishment ( Razzberry Lips) plot revenge because of the bad press brought to Yelp by this establishment .
    The worst part is that these are either Paid Yelpers or your common everyday non paid Yelper who “hang out “ in the Yelp “ether” . They hide behind Fairy Tale names and identities . They premeditate , coordinate and target rage and vitriol on businesses they have never even patronized ! :
    Linda “JuRae” L. says:
    Oh yeah, I totally want ROTD now! aargh!
    4 hours ago Jack “.” W. says:
    wtf thats some fuct up shit yo fuck rasberry lips imma give them a 1 star

    08/11/2008 Sun E. says:

    Glad you posted this here, Linda.

    As per your words…
    “For this business owner to go on the news and cry about this
    forum because she didn’t like the negative post…..
    You have my vote for ROTD!

    If you’re wondering what ROTD means , I found these definitions on the web:
    ROTD Rage of the Dragons (game)
    ROTD Requiem of the Dead (game)
    ROTD Return of the Dragons (gaming, Warcraft III Campaign)
    ROTD Review of the Day
    ATTENTION TO ALL BUSINESS OWNERS:
    YELP IS NOT YOUR FRIEND . THEY ARE IN FACT PREYING ON YOU BY PAYING / ENCOURAGING UNEDUCATED , IMMATURE HATE FILLED “YELPERS” TO POST LIBELOUS REVIEWS ON RANDOM BUSINESSES SO THEY CAN THEN ATTEMPT TO SELL THEM BUSINESS OWNER ACCOUNTS TO DELETE THESE NEGATIVE REVIEWS.

  4. The Yelper named Linda “JuRae” L. is Linda Edwards , owner of Rubber Stamp Outlet in Campbell , CA.

  5. Yelp is pretty fake once you get to know it. there are some decent posts by people but most are manipulated and fake…and of those that are real tons are just poorly written and by some noob you prob wouldnt take advice from. the message boards are horrible and oh boy dont critize yelp or they will shut your account down in a flash.

  6. Where once I thought yelp was really cool and i promoted it in my circle of friends… it think its total garbage now. I keep having reviews removed for no reason and ..really its piss poor.

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