Reviews Worksheet 1: Exploring the Restaurant Review Market

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Try the following approaches to find restaurants reviews for establishments in your own neighborhood:

 

Bottom-up search

  1.  Plug in the words “restaurant reviews + [name of your city or zip code]” into your search engine query line.
  2.  Review the top 10 findings.
  3.  Analyze the results.  What kinds of reviews did you find?  Indicate which of the following were in your search results:

 

o      Reviews in local news publications

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o      Reviews in travel/restaurant guides

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o      Reviews in food blogs

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o      Other

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4.              Evaluating bias in a Web site.  Review Unit 1 (Search): Activity Worksheet 8: “Bias Activity” and apply the guidelines there to your findings here.  Note any potential problems below:

 

           

 

 

Top-down search

 

Many national/international websites collect formal reviews and informal comments about restaurants across the country.  Plugging your city or zip code into one of their search bars often is another good way to get to reviews of restaurants in your own neighborhood.  Also, because of the interest these sites have in soliciting user reviews, these sites may present excellent options for publishing your own work.

 

Try to find local restaurants reviews using each of the following:

 

o      http://www.zagat.com

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                           NAME/ADDRESS OF LOCAL RESTAURANT REVIEWED ON THIS SITE 

 

o      http://urbanspoon.com

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                           NAME/ADDRESS OF LOCAL RESTAURANT REVIEWED ON THIS SITE 

 

o      http://yelp.com

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                           NAME/ADDRESS OF LOCAL RESTAURANT REVIEWED ON THIS SITE 

 

 

Extra: Augmented Reality search

 

If you have access to a smart phone with GPS capability, you might consider the novel way of exploring the local restaurant scene.  Start by downloading the free application for Yelp and/or Layar (perhaps the two most popular sites offering augmented reality).  In Yelp, you’ll have to add the “Monocle” option.  Hold you’re your phone up so it’s even with the horizon and move it around in a circle around you, noting how the restaurant scene reveals itself.

 



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