Why I Hope Yelp's “Death Spiral” Ends Somewhere Near Myspace
Food Reviews & Stories
Dear Yelp, How’s it going? Ya hangin’ in there, buddy? I’ve been hearing all sorts of terrible things about you on the Internet—you’re in a “death spiral,” according to Forbes—and I ju
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Editor’s note: Welcome to Fresh Meat, in which Portland comic Amy Miller interviews newcomers about their hopes and dreams and the foodstuffs from their native lands that Portland fails to prepare properly. This week Miller talks with Yelp Employee # 2 Brandon Bickford, who is originally from Redding, Calif. It’s happening. This crazy internet thing has been so successful ...
Built to Grill is so good it's better than the French Laundry even after closing.
Food & Drink
How great was Built to Grill?The cart had awesome penne alla vodka and gnocchi at terribly low prices. Sadly, since moving into and out of Star Theater last December, it's been closed.This did not stop Yelp's Official Blog from naming it one of the top 100 places to eat in America."Bookmark these babies now!" the popular user-review aggregation site declares.Built to Grill is ranked ...
It probably doesn't take a map for us to know the truth: hipsters, frat boys and tourists all travel in clusters.But where a map does come in handy is if you want to avoid, or find, any of the above. Ubiquitous review site Yelp released a heat map that pinpoints the "hot spots" where key words come up. Not surprisingly, "hipster" has blips on inner East Burnside, Alberta and Mississippi, while "frat" ...
The other day I noticed a curious tweet from our venerable mayor's Twitter account:Yes, Sam is tweeting his Yelp reviews. In addition to Mee-Sen, which he gives five stars, he has also likes Bridges Cafe & Catering ("The scrambled eggs and grits combo go together like Fred and Ginger"), the Arbor Lodge ("I love thy they serve Coavee Coffee!"), New Seasons Market Pharmacy ("They know alt medicine!") ...