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Urbanspoon, Vancouver's New Food Authority


Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 — 5:00pm PDT
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I was passed along a link recently (via del.icio.us) for Urbanspoon, a massive website network of restaurants and food reviews from around the world.

Urbanspoon is the world’s leading provider of time-critical dining data, a major division of a very important multi-national corporation, and an all-around BIG PLAYER in the multi-billion dollar restaurant information industry. Read more about us on the Urbanspoon Blog. [About – Urban Spoon]

This month they expanded to covering 14 cities around North America and Vancouver made the cut.

They’ve been able to list almost 2,500 restaurants and eateries of over 60 different varieties in 32 neighbourhoods. Wow, and I thought I was on top of things with my little patio guide. It’s pretty amazing. They have a blog, polls, cute little “I like it” and “I don’t like it” quick review buttons, links to reviews by other sources, accounts so you can track your favourites and make recommendations, and of course there are plenty of interactive Google Maps. Oh, and did I mention they also have a Facebook app? Yup.

Want to go someplace neat for brunch tomorrow?

You can then sort through by location or price, and if you don’t see something you love (or hate) on there already you can easily submit a new entry. Also, if you have reviewed a restaurant before on your blog, they would like to add you to their site. Your submitted blog post will then show up under the restaurant’s profile. You can also add a button to your post and it will all link up through their “Spoonback” system (see my post about So.cial Butcher Shop and Deli)

I’ve only had a little time to run through the site but from what I see so far, I am thoroughly impressed, kinda floored actually. Now I just have to go through all of my post archives, weed out my restaurant reviews and submit… if any of them are worthy.

If you have a del.icio.us account and would like to bookmark a story for my attention just tag it “for:Miss604” and I’ll pick it up.

urbanspoon2.pngUpdate: Two of my restaurant reviews that I could find pretty easily last night have now been linked on Urbanspoon. My blog is now listed as a source and it even has its own profile page on Urbanspoon, listing all of my posted/personal reviews as well.

They also provide the code to copy/paste a badge for your blog’s sidebar, noting your blog’s name and a link to restaurant reviews you have made.

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8 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    I prefer to use the local review site called Dinehere.ca. It has local reviews for many restaurants. You can even find out more about the review to assess the credibility of the reviewer by going through all the past restaurant reviews by that person. Also, I notice Urbanspoon links to http://www.dinehere.ca.

  2. fotoeins says:

    Thanks for the link. However, I was unable to find reviews for cities (i.e., Europe) other than those in North America; I must be missing something (or outta me mind) …

  3. Raul says:

    Awww, I have competition! Hehehehe ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. PatZ says:

    i think that that Timmy’s in harbour center should be on there for their delicious bagels that keep us all going in class.

  5. darren says:

    Cool app!

    urbandiner.ca is another great Vancouver food blog that goes into great detail on a variety of Vancouver restaurants.

    If you’re looking to focus on service, and nothing but the service, check out my food section on my blog if you like.

    enjoy.

    darren

  6. Miss604 says:

    Cool, thanks Darren!

  7. […] Urban Spoon – Harnessing the power of social media, Urban Spoon encourages bloggers to share their reviews, embed badges, rank restaurants and provides great mashup maps sorted by food type or neighbourhood. They even have an iPhone app that you can use on the go. Diner reviews are as simple as a click of the mouse. They certainly have grown leaps and bounds over the last year. […]

  8. Vancouver had some of the best restaurants I’ve ever been to. I think the cultural diversity really makes Vancouver a great place to dine at.

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