The first thing you’ll see, right next to the image if there is one, is a very general description with location. Since you’re probably searching the site instead of just reading review after review, we shorten it down to the basics. It’s a [SERVES THIS KIND OF FOOD JOINT] in the middle of [THIS PART OF TOWN].
There will also be a star rating that you as well as the author of the piece can vote on. Feel free to click your feelings. [Note: We can’t sort by ratings yet. I’m still working on that.]
If tidbit interests you, click on the READ MORE button and open up to the rest of the article.
Next, we have the full-on review, an overview of how the Author felt about the place, and his experience there. This is usually where we wax poetic, about our time, about how much we loved the place, etc. There might even be a button that leads on to OpenTable, where you can make a reservation.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: This is where we talk specifically about what we had, should the place in question be a restaurant or a bar. One of the things I don’t like about Yelp or Zagats or even Urbanspoon, is if someone is looking to go into a brand new place for the first time, like that new Afghan restaurant that just opened on your block, it might help to have someone point out something on the menu they really really liked. It also might help not to have dig deep into the User Comments to find something. Here, we put it right up front.
Now, whatever that is may not be for you, but it will give you an idea into that person’s thinking, and who knows. Maybe you will like it after all.
Also, a link to the Restaurants Menu will be there as well.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: This is where we talk about some of the possible surprises about a place if you haven’t been there before. For example, take Phillipe’s The Original. It would kinda suck to walk in there the first time (as I did) and discover that they don’t take Credit or Debit cards. This is where we take the time to warn you about these things so you don’t go in there blind.
I’ll also, occasionally leave a marker as to how much my last bill was, just so you know.
For the record, said tips are never final, and are not included in all listings. Tips from readers are always welcome and can be included in the future.
PARKING: This is the area where the other Restaurant sites (again Zagats, Yelp and Urbanspoon) just drive me up a wall. You’re going to a place for the first time, it might help to know what the parking situation is. How much is it going to cost, and more to the point…where the heck do I park in the first place. We put it right here, plain as day.
Finally, we get to the main thing. Address and phone number. We even include a link to the Restaurant site, because there are always questions that this site (heaven forbid) might not be able to answer.
And yes, there is going to be a Google Map at th end of every entry so you can map your own course from there.