If there are two words to get me off the couch and out of my blissfully air-conditioned bedroom, they are “free” and “food.” And I can’t be the only one. Luckily, if you’re a Yelp user there are all sorts of pick-me-ups to be had around the city. And all you have to do to get them is “Check In” on Yelp at any of the establishments below to snag your freebie.
When I and my fellow boomers get together in our dad and mom jeans and yak about the good old days when we were growing up, I find myself at a distinct disadvantage. While I share a common cultural heritage with most of my cohort, there is one gaping hole. I never watched a lot of the television shows they watched, because those shows were what my mom called “vulgar.”
The Carol Burnett Show, Green Acres, The Beverly Hillbillies — all were forbidden. The Wonderful World of Disney, Bonanza, Flipper? Allowed. I know that the concept of a parent exercising such bald veto power over Petticoat Junction — or anything on a screen — is unthinkable to contemporary mothers and fathers. I’m not asking for their pity. I’m merely explaining why I grew up imbued with a sense that some items on the cultural table are more worthy than others. Read more »
In one of those evil-genius type collaborations, the Huffington Post and Yelp have combined their powers to come up with a state-by-state list of the most disproportionately popular cuisines in the U.S.. A brief description of their methods:
Yelp figured out which cuisines were most common in each state by examining restaurant listings on its site. The review service uses information pulled by third-party data providers from public records and other sources in order to create its online restaurant listings, according to its website.
To get the data for the map, Yelp first calculated the percentage of total restaurants each cuisine represented in a given state. Then, it compared each percentage with the cuisine’s representation in restaurants nationwide. The resulting map, made by HuffPost, shows the cuisines with a disproportionate level of representation in each state.
Got that? It’s all science-y and what-not, is what they’re saying. And while some state’s data came through as somewhat stereotypical (What? They like Southern food in Georgia? And buffets in Iowa? How did THAT happen?), Pennsylvania’s list of most disproportionately popular grub might just as well have been decorated with an Eagles hat and tiny little Rocky statues.
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Business owners can also get notification of new reviews and messages, right from their mobile device.
The app is free and available for both iPhone and Android.
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My sister is a really good doctor. She runs two busy offices in South Philly. Her patients include CEOs of large companies and union workers from the neighborhood. She sees everything from colds to cancer and knows the best specialists in town. I wouldn’t let her cut my fingernails, of course. But that’s because she’s my sister and I still remember her as a bossy 15-year-old. But her patients I know love her.
Except for this one guy. He skewered her on Yelp. He complained about her office. He gave her a low rating. And what was worse, that she didn’t even know about it until somebody (that was a gloating me) told her about it. She barely knew about Yelp. But apparently, her office was listed there and a handful of people made comments — all great except for the one guy. And it really, really upset her. I get it — people don’t like to hear bad stuff.
Is your business on Yelp? You better check.
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With the Yelp app, you can check in to businesses with your smart phones and become a regular, duke, duchess or even baron of your neighborhood. These titles might not get you much in real life, but checking into the following businesses provides real deals.
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On Monday, July 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Yelp will be hosting office hours for business owners. The casual drop-in session is aimed at local business owners who are interested in learning more about Yelp, its business tools and other ways to get involved with the online review site.
Have questions for Yelp’s community manager, need help claiming your business listing? Interested in getting involved with Yelp locally by sponsoring event? Then drop by Smokin’ Betty’s (116 S 11th Street) between 3 and 5 p.m. this Monday.
Yelp, the people who have most recently brought us heat maps of where the hipsters hang, is throwing a big party on Wednesday, July 10th at the North Shore Beach Club in Northern Liberties. The party, which is open to anyone with a Yelp account (with a real name) is free to attend with a suggested donation of $10 to Yelp’s charity partner, the Gesu School. Once inside, there will be free food (Pod, Minar Palace, Nomad Pizza, Circles Thai, to name a few ), drink (Tito’s Vodka, Narragansett, Weyerbacher, among others) and other free services.
The party runs from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m. and RSVPs are accepted on the Yelp Summer Soiree page. The RSVP list will close at noon on Tuesday, July 9th, so don’t delay.
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“Sticky, licky, sucky, messy, dirty and wet: There is something better than sex for sale in Port Richmond, and no, it’s not heroin.” Seriously, we don’t normally quote Yelp comments in the course of reviewing a restaurant, but that one in particular (from former City Paper food writer Felicia D’Ambrosio) pretty much sums up the experience at this quintessential Port Richmond dive bar, which has been known to run out of crabs by 7 p.m. Sizes and prices change daily, but like the beer, the crabs are among the cheapest around. Two pieces of advice: When the bartender asks, “Ya want some Bonk’s juice?,” don’t ask what’s in it; just say yes. And don’t order anything but crabs, fries and beer, or you’ll be sorry you did.
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First appeared in the June, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine.