August 31, 2015

Templeton Landing's Brunch On The Water Is Not To Be Missed

Posted by Alex L


There's nothing like Templeton's Landing Sunday brunch to enjoy the Buffalo water front. Exquisite food -- from the most incredible waffles, bacon and Benedict's to some incredible Bloody Mary's; you haven't experienced a true Buffalo brunch until you make your way out there. 30 lucky Yelp Elite recently went and are still raving about it weeks later. Be sure to check out the reviews and photos!

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The Spectacular Cirque Du Yelp! in Portland, ME

Posted by Steff

Circus Photo“Keep the circus going inside you, keep it going, don’t take anything too seriously, it’ll all work out in the end.” - David Niven 

Yelpers in Maine got to step right up and join us under the big top to participate in the Yelpiest show on Earth: our grand one day stand, The Spectacular Cirque Du Yelp!, this year's annual Yelper Party, to help raise awareness and funds for The Circus Conservatory of America. Our guests looked like the bee's knees in their incredible 1920's inspired glad rags, the circus acts were high-flying and gravity-defying, the joints (that's circus lingo for concessions!) were delicious, the wonders of the world (including a tattoo artist, a fortune teller, a magician, backstage hair and make-up, and old-timey games) were wowing, and the mid-week merriment was mesmerizing.

It truly was a spectacular soiree!

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Elite Event: Passport To The Headquarters

What could be more glorious than enjoying a warm, late summer evening in San Diego? Enjoying it in the company of your fellow Yelpers while eating, drinking and dancing under the stars at the Headquarters, duh! Originally built in 1939 to house the former San Diego Police Headquarters, the Headquarters at Seaport is now a revitalized shopping and dining destination adjacent to San Diego's waterfront and famed Seaport Village. 200 lucky Elites and their guests had the opportunity to eat, drink and explore their surroundings with generous offering from businesses such as Puesto, Venissimo Cheese, Seasons 52, Eddie V's, Madison and Seaside Paper | Home among others. With their Yelp Passport in hand, Yelpers collected stamps at every shop for a chance to win a $250.00 gift card from the Headquarters - Very awesome! Check out all of the reviews HERE and all of the epic photos HERE. 'Till next time, everyone! 

LA East YEE: A Tasting at The Pub in Chino Hills



On a warm Tuesday evening in the outskirts of Chino Hills, a classy, yet boisterous Elite event commenced among 50 fine individuals including hosts, Andrew, Matthew, and Chris, the ingenious minds behind The Pub at Chino Hills. The air was crisp and anticipation filled the room as Elites began to trickle in, unaware of the exquisite three-course "tasting" they were about to face. Boy, what a tasting it was! The Pub at Chino Hills, a gastropub with the perfect blend of fine dining and rowdy shenanigans, hit the spot with raspberry sage cocktails, Old Fashioneds, and beer flights, while their pork belly bites, sliders, and wonderfully made gnocchis sent Elites straight to la la land. As they gallivanted around the space, enjoying the fire pits in their open patio, the guys closed the night, not with a goodbye, but a see you later, with promises to meet again. Read the reviews and gander at some food porn here.

Yelp Kicks off Orlando's Magical Dining Month with Style!

Posted by Andi

Yelp's Magical Dining Month Kickoff Event

Ain't no party like a Yelp party. FACT. 250 of Orlando's Elites, bloggers, and VIPs descended upon Orlando Museum of Art (OMA) for Yelp's kickoff to Visit Orlando's 10th annual Magical Dining Month presented by American Express and things got crazy! Yelpers were treated to the finest bites by six of Orlando's favorite restaurants, glorious beer and cocktails, a tour of the Florida Prize exhibit at OMA, and a custom photo booth. But that's not where it ended! DJ Nigel had us grooving all night until voices began to ring out in an Aca-epic A Capella flash mob! Did we mention that Yelp throws a party like no other? But don't take our word for it- check out reviews of the party, and see the fab photography.

A BIG thanks to our sponsors:

Kasa • Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar • American Q • Stefano's Grill • The Kitchen at the Hard Rock Hotel • The Boheme • Rogue Pub • Orlando Brewing • Tito's Handmade Vodka • Cocktails Catering • Orlando Museum of Art • Macbeth Photography • DJ Nigel • Gemini Blvd (A Capella) • Visit Orlando

Latte Art Workshop At Stockholm Coffee Festival

Posted by Agnes Lindberg


On August 29, a sunny summer day Yelpers and Elites got together at the Coffee Festival to learn how to make Latte Art. Our master trainer was Jelle - Swedish champion in Latte Art two years in a row, and he gave us tips and tricks in how warm the milk has to be and what kind of hand movements you need to make to get different patterns. Very impressive! We ended the event high on caffeine and with coffee infused food.

Read the reviews, look at the photos, these are my favorites! Now we're all Latte Art Artists. Photos by fabulous Jenny Gunnarson.

A big thanks to our sponsors!

Johan & NyströmSan Pellegrino

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Top 100 in Tampa Bay

Posted by BrettNehls

Ah, the most commonly asked question asked in Yelp Tampa Bay Talk: "Where are the best places to eat 'round here?" Whether you're a local or a visitor, we're all hunting for the best. Lucky for us, the Bay Area plays host to a myriad of marvelous places to chow down on excellent noms! This brings us to...drumroll please...

Yelp’s Top 100 List for Tampa Bay! This list showcases the 100 most happening local eateries according to Yelp. To calculate the Top 100, our data scientists used a technique based on the Wilson Score to compile a list of the highest-rated restaurants. This method takes into account both star rating and number of reviews to reveal which spots not only have top notch ratings, but also which are most popular in the Bay Area.


Fish Tacos at Loli's Mexican Cravings
Fish Tacos at Loli's Mexican Cravings (Photo Credit: Yelper, Ismael G.)

Whether you yearn for mouthwatering Mexican, savory sandwiches, jazzy java, or anything in between, Tampa Bay is home to it all! From cheap eats to $$$$, food stands to fine dining, this list runs the gamut of dining experiences.

Do you disagree with the data or think our list rules? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with #YelpTBTop100, and be sure to write a review to add your feedback about any of these spots!

Happy dining!

Yelp's Top 100 Restaurants in Tampa Bay

1. Loli's Mexican Cravings - Town 'n' Country

2. Capital Tacos - Land O' Lakes

3. Barracuda Deli Cafe - St. Pete Beach

4. Brooklyn South - The EDGE District, St. Petersburg

5. The Smoke Shack - South Tampa

6. Thai X-Press Cafe - Brandon

7. Pisces Sushi and Global Bistro - Clearwater

8. Basimo Beach Cafe - Clearwater

9. Sushi Ushi - Valrico

10. Al's Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que - Ybor City

11. Bodega - The EDGE District, St. Petersburg

12. The Library Coffeehouse - South Tampa

13. Coolside Gelato Bar - Palm Harbor

14. Tide Tables - Cortez

15. Yolk, White & Associates - Downtown Tampa

16. Wright's Gourmet House - South Tampa

17. The Black Pearl - Dunedin

18. Wildflower Cafe - Clearwater

19. Cristino's Coal Oven Pizza - Clearwater

20. South Pacific Grill - Brandon

21. Bangkok Siam Thai Restaurant - Pinellas Park

22. Craft Kafe - Pasadena

23. Mangú Latin Café - East Tampa

24. The Stein & Vine - Brandon

25. Village Idiot Pizzeria - Cortez

26. Kombo Kitchen - Riverview

27. Rooster & the Till - Seminole Heights

28. Sips Specialty Coffee House - Citrus Park

29. Cafe Soleil - St. Pete Beach

30. Sushi Maru - Brandon

31. Fresh Bites - Westchase

32. SoFresh - SoHo

33. Tikanis - St. Petersburg

34. Zeko's - Tampa 

35. Saigon Deli - Tampa

36. Ciccio Cali - North East Park,  St. Petersburg

37. Caposey's Whole Works - New Port Richey

38. The Frog Pond - St. Pete Beach

39. Cafe Ponte - Clearwater

40. The Boardwalk Grill - Madeira Beach

41. Green Mint Asian Grill - Clearwater

42. Detroit Coney Island - Clearwater

43. German Bistro 2 - Largo

44. Craft Street Kitchen - Trinity

45. The Haus Coffee Shop - Largo

46. Encanto Mexicano Restaurant - Clearwater

47. Pearly's Beach Eats - Clearwater

48. Gateway To India - St. Petersburg

49. Sage Biscuit Cafe - Bradenton

50. Gulf Coast Po Boys - Largo

51. Jack's London Grill - St. Petersburg

52. Crispy Cajun - Clearwater

53. Kaleisia Tea Lounge - USF

54. Bern's Steak House - SoHo

55. Engine No. 9 - The Edge District, St. Petersburg

56. Thai Gourmet Market - Town 'n' Country

57. Rae Rae's Cafe - St. Petersburg 

58. 4 Hounds Grill - Bradenton

59. Cuvée 103 Bistro & Wine Bar - Clearwater

60. Southern Fresh - Safety Harbor

61. Lenny's Restaurant - Clearwater

62. Leafy Greens Cafe - Grand Central District, St. Petersburg

63. Pearl in the Grove - Dade City

64. Ming Ming Tea Cafe - St. Petersburg

65. Chief's Creole Cafe - Jordan Park, St. Petersburg

66. Eddie & Sam's NY Pizza - Downtown Tampa

67. Tiramisu Ristorante & Pizzeria - Bradenton

68. Tia's Authentic Latin Food - Largo

69. Verducci's Pizzeria Trattoria - St. Pete Beach

70. Arirang Korean Restaurant - South Tampa

71. The Westside Deli - New Port Richey

72. Pho Kien Giang - Pinellas Park

73. Mr. Dunderbak's - USF

74. Fred's Market - Riverview

75. Are Pitas - USF

76. Maximo Marina Seafood Shack - Maximo, St. Petersburg

77. Cielito Lindo Taqueria - Tarpon Springs

78. King Corona Cigars - Ybor City

79. Snapper's Sea Grill - St. Pete Beach

80. Bearss Sandwiches - Tampa

81. Acapulco Mexican Grocery - Tampa

82. Casa Mama Lolita - Dunedin

83. Manos Bakery Cafe - Clearwater

84. City Market Bistro - Dade City

85. Full Belly Stuffed Burgers - Bradenton

86. Clear Sky Café - Clearwater

87. Annata Wine - Downtown St. Petersburg

88. Happy Fish - West Tampa

89. Osteria Natalina - South Tampa

90. Shubee Shack - North Redington Beach

91. La Terrazza Ristorante Italiano - Ybor City

92. Thai 5 - South Tampa

93. Nauti-Nancy's - Clearwater

94. Bangkok Tokyo Restaurant - Clearwater

95. 9th Bar Espresso - Dunedin

96. Sushi Raw - New Tampa

97. Slyce Pizza Bar - Indian Rocks Beach

98. Thai Palace - Bradenton

99. Star Fish Co. Seafood Market and Restaurant - Cortez

100. Villa Gallace Italian Restaurant - Indian Rocks Beach

August 30, 2015

Little Yelpers Club Field Trip: Yelp Your Own Adventure!

Posted by Angela S


Throughout the month of August, Little Yelpers across the Chicagoland area fastened their seat belts and set out on the second annual Little Yelpers Club Field Trip to explore family-friendly businesses on Chicago's North Shore. The free event series kicked off with a pancake art party at the new home of the Evanston Art Center in collaboration with Babycakes Gourmet Pancakes and Lux Blox, the hottest new toy soon to hit the market. Next it was all aboard to Gather Play Space for cupcake art and storytelling with The Storybook Mom, then off to FlavorPot cooking school in The Glen for pretzel twisting! The following Sunday families gathered for a painting party at Bottle & Bottega in Evanston, and our final family event wrapped up at Heller Nature Center on a Friday night with rainforest-themed indoor crafts and activities followed by a viewing of Fern Gully under the stars. But that's not all...we also teamed up with Little Beans Evanston for a mini back-to-school fundraiser to help raise funds and collect school supplies for the Infant Welfare Society Of Evanston. Thanks to all who participated, have a great school year, and until next year's field trip, SYOY (See You On Yelp)!

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August 29, 2015

Yelp Atlanta's Burger Bonanza @ Grub Burger Bar

Posted by Jonathan T

Yelp's Burger Bonanza at Grub Burger Bar-20550659720

Thanks to the gracious hosts at Grub Burger Bar, located in Druid Hills, Yelp Atlanta Elites experienced a marathon of six toothsome courses with drink pairings. From mouth-watering turkey burgers to heavenly caramel bourbon shakes, there was more than enough  for everyone. 

Elites also tested their palates by working with their fellow elites/ table mates to guess the special sauces present in several of the courses. Congrats to Amanda, D, Jessica L, and Chamberlaine D, for getting all of them right!

Want to know more? Feel free to read the rave reviews and check out the photos. Special thanks to Crystal Waters, for organizing!

August 28, 2015

Yelp's Summer Smash at Smashburger in Milford

Posted by Emily


Smashburger just opened their second Connecticut location on Wednesday, but they opened their doors to Yelp Elites for an exclusive (and first!) taste a couple days earlier. On Monday night, 35 lucky guests enjoyed a series of freshly smashed artisan burgers (even a signature Constitution State burger!) plus chicken sandwiches, veggie burgers, sides, and mouthwatering shakes. In short - no one left hungry! Thank you to the amazing team at Smashburger for an unforgettable tasting event. Check them out at their new Milford location! In the meantime, take a peek at the delicious photos by Nick Caito and 5 star reviews here

ABQ DQ Hullabaloo

Posted by Howie


On Tuesday, a very select group of Albuquerque Yelp Elites had the unique pleasure of sampling (okay, it was more like gorging) on nine brand spankin' new Dairy Queen "Bakes" menu items, before they launched nation-wide! From serious Snack Melts to artisan-style oven fresh sandwiches and devilishly divine hot desserts, stomachs made out like bandits and the reviews prove it. We closed the soiree with a hands-on visit to the soft serve machine for our own cones, and hey, that's off the bucket list, so fun. Check out the pictures, this was one of the most unique events in recent memory, and the staff was truly fantastic and interpersonal, the local character of a national standout. 

Down to Truck @ SoMa StrEat Food Park

Posted by Abby Schwarz

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What a perfect end to a perfect summer! San Francisco Yelp Elites were treated to a sunny evening of food trucks, wine, beer, chocolate, live DJ and more at SoMa StrEat Food Park this week. Eight different street eats offered up samplings and our crew was hosted inside the park's funky red barn. Even better? We raised over $600 for 826 Valencia, whose mission is to support under-resourced kids with their writing skills. Read the reviews and see pics from Leila Seppa Photography.

Thank you to our host, Soma StrEat Food Park and their participating trucks: Izzy's Cheesesteaks, Tacos Los Poblanos, Calpe Paella,  Kabob Trolley, Odang Udon, Firetrail Pizza, Lil Burma, and Bacon Bacon.

Thank you to our additional guest businesses: Socola Chocolatier, Stella Rosa Wines, Vita Coco, and Washburn Studio DJ School.

Yelp Elite Dinner @The Cock

Posted by Hanna Brumley
Wednesday 26th of August was a date all Yelp Elites had anticipated to arrive - our phenomenal group of passionate reviewers getting together for a fun dinner party. We enjoyed a lovely 4-course menu at The Cock, a new hotspot in Helsinki. This cool restaurant in question served us an excellent beetroot & goat cheese salad for starters, continuing with their delicious cock wings and tempuras, as well as steak & frites for the main course - and boy, was that meat perfectly cooked! Finally we got to try a variety of sweet treats from their dessert selection.
I feel truly grateful having such an amazing group of Yelp Elites here in Helsinki. Thank you each and every one of you for being a part of our get-together - and all in all, the Yelp community. Also we thank The Cock for representing the perfect venue for our special occasion. The food, the wines and the atmosphere all made a beautiful impression on us!
Do enjoy our pictures in Flickr & Facebook and read the comments on the event
See you in Yelp, everyone!
Community Manager
Yelp Helsinki 

August 27, 2015

Philadelphians Wing It

Posted by Michelle C

East Coast Wings

This month, Yelp Philadelphia hosted three sit-down Yelp Elite Event dinners with East Coast Wings, a family-friendly restaurant with multiple locations in the southeast which recently landed in Philadelphia. A multi-course menu filled with starters, a heat-level wing tasting, hearty bites and a delicious cookie skillet were served, along with craft beer and cocktails. For more coverage, check out the reviews and peep the pics!

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An Unforgettable Hunt in Brasília

Posted by Gabriele
How well do you know your city? Last Sunday, Brasília Yelpers from all age groups discovered a little bit more about theirs during an unforgettable quest through the most beautiful touristic places at this international heritage site. It was the second edition of the Yelp Scavenger Hunt, that had participants going to the TV Tower, the World Cup stadium Mané Garrincha and many other sites, where they had to find tips and complete tasks, walking or biking from one place to another (with a little help from the Yelp app, of course). You can view the photos here and read the reviews of the event here.

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