Do You Trust Restaurant Review Sites Like Yelp?
SodaHead Food 2012/12/10 13:37:13
According to Andrew Zimmern, host of Bizarre Foods and former chef, restaurant review sites like Yelp, Zagat, and Chow are for morons. In a recent podcast he slammed Yelp saying it “essentially gives a tremendous forum for a bunch of uninformed morons to take down restaurants.”
Time.com writer Josh Ozersky agrees to an extent. He wrote, “Defenders of Yelp and other crowdsourced review sites, such as Zagat, Chow and others, say that the range of reviewers — some morons, some not — at least gives a broad spectrum of opinion, which is more than you can say for a traditional restaurant critic. But in my experience, Zimmern is right: the reviews are, at best, wildly uneven. “
Ozersky does not advocate abandoning these sites altogether. Instead he suggests giving more weight to reviews that describe “believable descriptions of service lapses,” as well as specific descriptions of dishes, especially when they mention temperature and texture.
What about you SodaHeads? Do you trust restaurant review sites like Yelp?
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