My name is Kelsey Bauer and I am a self diagnosed foodie. Actually i’m quite certain if there was actually a foodie committee, I would be on the top of the list. Maybe that sounds pretentious or snooty but foodie to me means someone who appreciates good food and takes it seriously. The great thing about food (besides everything) is that it doesn’t have to be overly elaborate, outrageously priced, or contain obscure ingredients to be delicious. You just gotta know what you’re doing. Which, PSA to many well known chains–> heating up things in the microwave isn’t cooking. (sorry, not sorry)
I’m sure, unless you live under a rock, you all know what Yelp is. I like to also self diagnose myself as a yelp connoisseur ( my family would back me up on this ) However, as a foodie, you have to be very careful with yelp. While yelp does help you find a lot of good places, it can also lead you to a lot of bad ones too. So, I’m here to tell you how to do it right!
1) Use the filters
So yelp has these handy dandy things at the top of the screen that help you narrow your search. Kinda like how you can do an advanced search on Facebook to properly stalk someone (y’all, i know I’m not the only one lolz) Things like price point, pickup, delivery, hours, different types of food etc… can all be selected to help ya out!
2) Just because it’s #1 on the page–doesn’t mean it is ACTUALLY the #1 restaurant
This one took me a while to figure out. Imagine you go search for a restaurant on yelp in whatever city you’re in and you get a list starting with #1 to a couple hundred…Don’t automatically assume that the #1 that shows up is actually the best or even good for that matter. Yelp likes to base everything off of location…. (not always, but most of the time) so it is quite likely that the places that come up in your top 10 are the closest restaurants to you, not the best.
3) The pictures and menu are the most telling about the food–NOT the people
the people on yelp are definitely a mixed bag. you got people who enjoy the finer things in life and those who would say McDonalds is a 5 star establishment. Needless to say, when picking a restaurant to eat at–it’s best you don’t base your decision off of peoples individual reviews! However—you CAN tell a lot by the style of the restaurant, the menu, and the different pics of food! Look through those first and notice the attention to detail, food plating and local ingredients to more accurately determine what a restaurant is all about!
4) Always get a second opinion && use your resources
While yelp is great—there are plenty other food review sites just to cover all your bases! Ex: Zomato (Urbanspoon) , TripAdvisor, and Zagat…just to name a few! Double check that these places are pretty consistently rating the same restaurant accordingly. And last but not least, always use your resources. When you’re in town—ask around and learn from the locals!
Hope this helps your future travels!