Now we can make use of recommendations from others via a little website called [NO LONGER WORKS] Trusted Opinion. It has a database of more than 1.5 million reviewed restaurants around the world.
They also have information on cafÃ©s, bars and movies. You can find others with the same taste as you and meet them for real!
Let’s take a look at there website. It is accessible [NO LONGER WORKS] here. When you get there, you will see a screen that looks like this:
To use the site, you will need to sign up for the free service. I normally recommend using a little BugMeNot (MakeUseOf review) action but on this website you would benefit from creating your own account. Moreover, you can keep up with your friends’ favorites when you have an account — giving you more reason to sign up.
Click on the Sign Up Free button in the upper right hand corner and fill in the basic form:
You can also opt to use your FaceBook account instead of creating a new account. I signed up and continued on. It then tries to determine your location and shows you the best places to eat close by. For me, it was off a little bit. I am in Brooklyn and it thought I was in the Bronx. So I fixed it by changing the location in the upper left hand corner. You can see it in the image below. I then saw my local shops. There were 1000 restaurants listed in this neighborhood! Wow who knew there were so many.
You can see them listed in order of “Trusted Score”. I clicked through and saw the information provided to me. You are able to see the name of the eatery, the type of cuisine, the ability to rate it, the location, the phone number and reviews. If your friends reviewed it, they will appear on the right hand side under the map.
By reading the reviews, you can get an idea of how the food is. You can also leave a rating or review yourself to help others understand what the eatery is all about. You can also drill down by types of cuisines by using the menu on the left:
They break it down into anything you could probably want. You can also sort by distance like so:
This is very handy if you have to walk. The site has a great user base and more and more reviews are being populated as its popularity grows. It is people like you that make it awesome. So stop by and review your favorite spots or go and learn about new ones. If you do try one and like it (or hate it) come back to the site and let everyone know how you feel. This will make the next persons decision much easier.
If you decide to stay in try and cook with what you have, check out this post. Do you use a similar site to find the best places to eat? We would love to hear about it in the comments!