Urbanspoon.com: Your Online “Food Guide”
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If you are someone who loves to eat and just try out new food from places you visit then Urbanspoon.com is the perfect “food guide” for you. Urbanspoon.com is one of the “leading online local bar and restaurant guide” that could provide you information regarding restaurants around the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. It is basically designed to help food lovers find the best eating places in both their hometown and on unfamiliar areas.
Urbanspoon also offers a collection of restaurant reviews from professional food critics, bloggers, and even from simple diners about the said restaurants. In addition to the user reviews, the restaurant’s review page also contains a plethora of information which could include the restaurant’s contact information, their menu and price range, type of cuisine, and even other reviews and blog posts all over the web. It also provides information regarding special features of the restaurant such as if they have a free wifi or not, and whether it is good for late night dining.
If you are interested of the restaurants that users usually talk about, then you can check out Urbanspoon’s Top Ten list of most reviewed and blogged restaurants. You could even get directions to these restaurants via Google map.
Urbanspoon.com’s services are both available online and through their iPhone and android mobile application.
In fact, you could still access all this information from Urbanspoon.com, and even vote for a particular restaurant without creating an Urbanspoon account. But, if you would want to share your experiences with certain eating places, whether it was excellent or just plainly awful, then you would need to have an account.
How do I join Urbanspoon.com?
Becoming a member of Urbanspoon.com is exceedingly straightforward. The first thing that you will have to do is to open the Urbanspoon website in your internet browser. Its website address is www.urbanspoon.com. If you are unable to access it using the link, simply copy and paste or you can simply type the address into your browser’s URL bar, and press Enter. Once you’ve opened their website, you’ll immediately see a “Join” option in the uppermost, right corner of the page. But before clicking that, it would be best to first select your local or your preferred dining area from the list of places found on top of the page. Note that not all the cities are actually listed there so if you don’t see your choice you could always click “More”.
Once you click “Join”, the “Create an Urbanspoon Account” page will emerge and you would need to fill it up with a real and current email address, and a password. You would then need to click “Create my Account” to continue with your registration. By doing so, you are also automatically agreeing to the Terms of Service of Urbanspoon.com. So before you do so, you may want to actually read their terms just to be sure that you agree with everything laid out in there. If you find no problems with it, then you could continue. A new window will come into view where you could enter a name, either your real name or a pen name, and a picture that will be seen in your profile page, as well as in beside your reviews. And you could also change the name and the picture whenever you want to.
If you have a Facebook account, you could actually join Urbanspoon by clicking “Connect with Facebook” instead of filling out the “Create an Urbanspoon Account” form. A window will then come into view, giving you the choice whether to publish your Urbanspoon activities in your Facebook wall. After setting that up, just click “Create my Account” to continue.
You will then receive a confirmation email on the email address you’ve provided. This is actually one of the reasons why it is important to provide your current email address. Also, it could help you access your account if ever you forget your password. Thus in the first place, choose a password that you could easily remember but would be hard for somebody else to guess.
Access the email and click the confirmation link and you’re done! You could update your name, email, picture, and other settings in your profile whenever you want.
Becoming a part of Urbanspoon.com’s community is totally free. The following are just some of the things you could do as a member and again it is FREE OF CHARGE:
- Write and share your review
- Post photos
- Get recommendations
- Create a wish list of restaurants you’d want to visit
- Add new restaurants
- Change existing restaurant info
The mobile application could actually be downloaded and installed in your iPhone or your Android phones for free. The app introduces several new ways to search for restaurants like by cuisine or what’s open. It also has a slot-machine widget that could recommend to you restaurants based on your location, the cuisine you prefer, and on the price range, just by shaking your device. Urbanspoon’s app also has a reservation feature. You only have to click, say “Reserve for Tonight” and the app does all the work for you.
You have to take note though that installing the device doesn’t automatically create an Urbanspoon account. You still have to go through the processes stated above to do the things the members could.
The website and the application’s features and looks make it real easy to peruse through and it won’t take long at all for anyone to familiarize it. Though their website’s FAQ page still needs a bit of improvement, it is still very helpful since it’s accessible and easy to understand.
Joining Urbanspoon won’t cost you a cent so what’s the harm of trying it out when you won’t actually lose anything? The Urbanspoon staff actually appreciates everyone who chooses to join because as they say “everybody who joins makes Urbanspoon a little better”. You could actually think of it as the “Facebook” of food connoisseurs where you could share and discuss everything about food, and it does give you first hand access to testimonies of expert food enthusiasts, critics and bloggers. Urbanspoon works like a live “food guide” to the best foods in town.