August 31, 2015

Elite Event: Passport To The Headquarters

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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

 

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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

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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

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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 Shindig Takes Over Astoria Central Park West in Irvine!

Posted by Ryan C.

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It was a beautiful night in Irvine as the Yelp Elite Squad took over Astoria Central Park West for Yelp’s Summer Shindig this past Thursday! With over 30+ vendors showing off what makes them amazing – DJ Velvet Touch filled the the beautiful outdoor space with eclectic tunes as 400-Yelpers old and new mingled, munched, toured the penthouse, and partook in a variety of fun activities while the sun set around them. To show support for the community, attendees raised over $2,200 for Project Access, our local non-profit beneficiary for the evening!

Read all the five-star experiences, peruse the Flickr gallery by Meg Strouse Photography or relive those funny snaps from Freshprints Photobooth!

A big thanks to all of our sponsors:
- Astoria Central Park West
- Bluewater Grill
- DonerG
- El Torito
- El Torito Grill
- Fresh Brothers Pizza
- Jardesca Wine
- Jarritos
- KIND Bars
- KRISP Fresh Living
- Life Heart Home
- Lucy Activewear
- Massage by Burnelle Chiropractic
- Nothing Bundt Cakes
- Plexus Nutritional Products
- Prego Ristorante
- Rita's Italian Ice
- SCHC Acupuncture
- Shirley's Bagels
- Slater's 50/50
- Slickdeals
- Stax Cookie Bar
- Stella Rosa Wine
- True Story Foods
- Who Song & Larry's
- Younique Cosmetics

Sounds and Snaps:
- DJ Velvet Touch
- Fresh Prints Photobooth
- Meg Strouse Photography

Beneficiary:
- Project Access

Yelp's Summer Smash at Smashburger in Milford

Posted by Emily

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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

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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
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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

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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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Elites Welcome the New California Pizza Kitchen Concept at Alton Square in Irvine!

Posted by Ryan C.

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California Pizza Kitchen Alton Square in Irvine opened with a bang last Wednesday and the Yelp Elite Squad were some of the first to experience the new concept! From an array of flatbreads, refreshing salads and a mouthwatering fire-roasted rib-eyes, the guests of honor excitedly sampled their way through some of the new twists on the classics while sipping on a few of the restaurant’s creative signature cocktails. The fantastic acoustic sounds of Incendio flowed through the night as guests were given the opportunity to learn how to properly spin pizza dough before being presented with some killer CPK swag to take as a souvenir!

Read the rave reviews or check out the Flickr gallery from Meg Strouse Photography!

A special thanks and welcome to the neighborhood to California Pizza Kitchen at Alton Square! Check out their reimagined menu to see the new offerings.

An Unforgettable Hunt in Brasília

Posted by Gabriele
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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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Yelp Buffalo Raises $2,850 for the International Institute

Posted by Alex L

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This past Sunday, hundreds of yelpers gathered to celebrate diversity at The International Institute of Buffalo and raised over $2,850 (including a donation match thanks to Yelp) for the non-profit! Guests delicious bites from some of Buffalo's top-rated restaurants: Teton Kitchen, Oshun, Michelle's Caribbean Cuisine, La Gourmet Empanadas, Lin Restaurant, Left Bank as well as libations from Flying Bison, Community Beer Works and Chateau Buffalo. Ashker's was also on hand with cold pressed juice and desserts. DJ Milk spun the beats with Jeremy Stock providing endless entertainment with his skilled caricature drawings. Thanks to the community for coming out and experiencing the beautiful space and food! Check out the reviews and photos via Flickr (as well as this archive courtesy of Buffalo.com).

Thanks To Our Sponsors:
OshunTeton KitchenLeft BankLin RestaurantLa Gourmet EmpanadasMichelle's Caribbean CuisineChateau BuffaloAshker's Juice BarFlying BisonCommunity Beer WorksLiving in the Buff Studios  • DJ Milk  • Jeremy Stock Caricatures

Yelper Gone Wild @ Wild Sushi & Ramen

Posted by Kendall

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Yelp Fort Worth Elites got wild last Tuesday night at Wild Sushi & Ramen! We started the evening with great Japanese beer and wine, edamame, and fried octopus. Then, when the clock struck 8, it was Ramen Time! Yelpers enjoyed authentic ramen with an incredible broth that had been simmering for 2 days. To end the evening, we enjoyed some beautiful house-made mochi. Be sure to check out all the wonderful photos and reviews!

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Die Yelp Elite Backschule Düsseldorf

Posted by Timo Beck

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Am Mittwoch, den 26.8.2015 durfte die Düsseldorfer Yelp Elite hinter die Kulissen von Hercules, der einzigen Bio-Vollkorn und Mühlenbäckerei der Stadt, blicken. Inhaber Johannes klärte uns ausführlich über Rohstoffe, Backverfahren, das Bäckerhandwerk und die langen Arbeitszeiten als Bäcker auf. Die Yelper durften dann schließlich auch selbst ran und aus einem Vollkorn-Weinzenmehl leckeres Gebäck herstellen, quasi als kurzlebiges Andenken an dieses fantastische Event. Danke an Johannes und das Hercules-Team. Die Beiträge der Yelper findet ihr hier und alle Fotos von Werner K hier.


On Wednesday, 08.26.2015 the Düsseldorf Yelp Elite could look behind the scenes of the only organic whole grains bakery, Hercules, in Düsseldorf. Owner Johannes explained to us in detail on raw materials, baking processes, the baking trade and the long working hours as a baker. The Yelpers could then manufacture delicious pastries themselves, as a kind of short-lived memory of this fantastic event. Thanks to Johannes and the Hercules team. The reviews of the Yelpers can be found here and all photos by Werner K here .

Taipei Yelp Fitness Club Whipped Yelpers Into Shape!

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颱風天的週日下午,熱血的台北Yelpers在DAVA Fitness體驗小班制教學的空中瑜伽、Zumba、cross training以及kickboxing。首次在台北舉辦的Yelp Fitness Club,「台北動之動」,主要是讓Yelp社群可以接觸到一些不一樣的運動類型以及讓大家有正確的運動概念。這個運動派對也特別邀請了美國原裝進口的PROBAR營養棒和能量棒以及台灣唯一採用與美國同步最新冷壓技術和高壓殺菌技術的有機純蔬果汁Juicy Diary來幫大家補給能量。請至這裡閱讀活動的評論,也可以在我們的Flickr看到更多精彩的活動照片。

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'Life Is Good, Yelp Life Is Better' Event Held @ The Lowry Hotel

Posted by Jonny Quirk

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For our August 2015 Elite event we treated 20 of our amazing Elite Yelpers to a fine dining experience at the Lowry Hotel. 


It was a great night with fantastic food, cocktails and wine in abundance. We also had a cocktail masterclass from mixologist master Barry and held a super cool quiz. 

Our Elite Yelpers get first/instant access to all our regular complimentary Elite events so if you have an opinion on the local food and drink scene, want to share it on Yelp and our events sound like something that's up your street then you can find out more and get involved here. 

You can also read our reviews of the event here and see the photos on our Facebook page 

A big thanks to Helen, Jackie, Barry, Jose and the whole Lowry Hotel team for looking after us so well and putting on such a special night for us - what a great night!

Thanks also to Alex at Decoy Media for the great photos

 

Our Sponsor

The Lowry Hotel - On Facebook and Twitter 

August 26, 2015

Yelpchella at the Embassy Row Hotel

Posted by Kimberly

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Last night, Yelpers donned flower crowns and fringe to bid adieu to the long days of summer and celebrate the spirit of the District. Dozens of local food and beverage sponsors provided hearty eats, and guests were entertained with a silent disco, bloom bar, tarot card readings, massages, cycling demos, DIY button station, acupuncture, and more!  We raised nearly $4,000 for our charity partner, DC Central Kitchen whose mission is to end hunger in our community. For more party highlights, be sure to check out the reviews and photos here.

Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors:The Embassy Row Hotel, Abuelita Mexican Food Products, Blackfinn DC, Cakelove, Creme Restaurant and Bar, Dirty South Deli, District Doughnut, Eat and Smile Catering, Galley, Guajillo, Ice Cream Jubilee, Krave Jerky, Luke's Lobster, Merzi, Maki Shop, Neat Meat DC, Pinstripes, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Rural Society, Saté, Station Kitchen & Cocktails, Taberna del Alabardero,
Capital Teas, Capital Kombucha, Deep Eddy Vodka, Early Mountain Vineyard, Fou-Dré Vodka, Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Port City Brewing Company, Peet's Coffee & Tea,DJ MIM, DJ Double A, DJ Average, One Love Massive,Silent Storm's, Starlight Social, Elite Tarot, SnapFiesta, Zengo Cycle, UrbanstemsShobha, SloMo Party, Logan 14 Aveda Lifestyle Salon, Cherry Blossom Creative, Michael & Son, &pizza, Urban Tao, and Nomad Motor Lodge.

 

Portland Elites Say Goodbye To Summer At Chameleon Restaurant & Bar

Posted by Matt

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The sun may set on summer, but that doesn't stop the party! On Sunday, 180 Portland Elites took over the lush and gorgeous garden patio at Chameleon Restaurant and Bar for Yelp's Summer Sendoff, a white party to celebrate our city's favorite season. The hosts served a bountiful fusion buffet including chicken satay skewers, Thai-style shrimp cocktail, sesame pasta salad, a medley of melons and berries and more! Flowing freely were cocktails made from New Deal Distillery's Portland Dry Gin and Portland 88 Vodka, plus Warship Rum from Distilling Head! As night fell, guests enjoyed a classic film on the outdoor theater screen, plus coconut cream pie and a raffle for gift certificates! Want to learn more? Check out the Yelpers' reviews

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Yelp Elite VIP Community Beer Tour

Posted by Heli M.

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Last week, 150 lucky Yelp Dallas Elites were invited to Community Beer Co., a state-of-the-art brewery, centrally located near downtown Dallas. The brewery was decked out with card games, dogs rocking Yelp bandanas, and Yelp pint glasses serving up an array of craft beer samplings from the Community Beer menu. Guests were entertained by the smooth vocals of guitarist, Seth Falkner, while they played frisbee and giant jenga. And there was no shortage of food either. Three food trucks total lined up the parking lot serving up hot meals. Thanks to generous folks at Samson's Gourmet Hot Dogs, Spin Sushi and The Great Australian Meat Pie Co.! The photos are up on Flickr and the 5-star reviews are in! See ya next time!

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Omaha Elites Know It's All About The Eyes

Posted by Will

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Curious Yelp Elites recently swung by Kugler Vision in Omaha for an informative evening on all-things LASIK. After enjoying some bites from A Catered Affair and Eileen's Colossal Cookies, Yelpers sat down to learn about the benefits of LASIK surgery and watch a presentation by Dr. Kugler himself. The evening was capped off with a tour of Kugler Vision's offices and an casual Q&A with the doctor. For more, read the reviews and check out the photos.

Many thanks:

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Greater Toronto Elites Perfect The Art Of Lumberjack-ery!

Posted by Kris

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Be thy a Lumberjack, or Lumberjill, tis a certain skill set one must have in order to take on the mighty tree stumps of the Greater Toronto Area. Most importantly an axe, a place to hang your axe at the end of a long workday (Bullseye Axe Throwing), top of the line Lumberjack attire and sustenance in the form of local ale (Lake Wilcox Brewing Co.), and pizza? While the food might have been off the mark, Elites weren't, as they nailed one Bullseye after another at Augusts amazing Elite event. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the Flickr page.

Tampa Bay Wines And Dines

Posted by BrettNehls

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On Monday night, about 44 total attendees (Elite Squad members and their guests) wined and dined at Da Sesto Italiano Ristorante e Vino. Guests got an authentic taste of Italia as Da Sesto served up delectable bruschetta, a variety of pasta dishes, and delightful desserts! To top it all off, live tunes set the tone for an enchanting evening. Yearn to learn more? Check out all the reviews of the event here and flip through all the fantastic photos on the Flickr page. 

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Live Music And Tasty Treats for RVA Elites!

Posted by Lauri Thompson

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Last night, an intimate group of 35 Elites and guests got together to enjoy a beautiful evening on the patio of The Tin Pan. Live music set the mood and delicious complimentary bites filled our tummies! Between the tangy key lime pie tarts, korean barbecue flatbreads, fish tacos, and many more succulent treats, there was certainly something for everyone to enjoy. Games and DIY projects were the cherry on top of an already wonderful evening. Read all of the reviews of the event here and check out the fabulous photos here

Yelp's Peace & Love Boat (Aboard Windridge Yachts)

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Peace. Love. Yelp.

What do you get when 80 Elites and guests take over a luxury yacht, decked out in the finest styles of the 60s? The grooviest Elite Event of 2015! On Sunday Yelpers boarded the Windridge K for a sunset cruise through the Fort Lauderdale Intercoastal that included incredibly delicious bites, refreshing sips, bubbles, hula hoops, peace signs - and a ton of good vibes.

Want to relive the memories? Check out the reviews here and the photos here.

Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors: Windridge YachtsMavilla PhotographyPremier Beverage • Saltwater BreweryDobel Tequila • Buehler Sauvignon Blanc • Buena Vista Red Blend

 

August 25, 2015

Elite's Join The Framboise Family

Posted by Scotty

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Cafe Framboise invited the Yelp Charleston Elite Squad out to be part of the Framboise family. Florence, Dominique, and the kids treated us all like long lost cousins and made sure nobody went home hungry... the way family does. Whether you could pronounce the menu items or not, everyone enjoyed the Croque Monsieur all the way to the Tuna Niçoise. Read more about the event here and check out all the photos on Flickr too!

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Yelp’s Top 50 Places to Eat in Miami

Posted by Cassie Glenn

As the leading local guide for real word-of-mouth on everything from boutiques and mechanics to restaurants and dentists, Miamians know to turn to Yelp to scope out great local businesses. Today we’re announcing Yelp’s Top 50 Places to Eat in Miami and you may be surprised to see which of your favorite eateries made the list. Whether craving Indian in North Miami, Italian in the Gables, or Greek in Miami Beach, these spots will take you on a culinary journey around the globe. Topping our list is Sweet Dogs – a hole-in-the-wall shop on 8th street in Flagami where yelpers rave about the gourmet hot dogs piled high with inventive toppings, killer mac and cheese, and impressive service.

To create this list, we ranked local, non-chain businesses in Miami based on the number of reviews and their star rating, giving more weight to recent reviews. Check out the full list below and look for the “Top Places to Eat” sign at your favorite local eateries around town! 

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Yelp’s 2015 Top 50 Places to Eat in Miami

1. Sweet Dogs (Flagami) 

2. Fratellino (Coral Gables) 

3. Mr. & Mrs. Bun (West Kendall) 

4. Zaika Indian Cuisine (North Miami) 

5. Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (Miami Beach) 

6. VERO Italian (Downtown Miami) 

7. Franky’s Deli Warehouse (Hialeah) 

8. Visa-01 (Miami Beach)

9. Osteria Vecchio Piemonte (Kendall)

10. Under the Mango Tree (Miami Beach) 

11. Poseidon Greek Restaurant & Outdoor Lounge (Miami Beach) 

12. Pizza Johnny’s (Kendall)

13. Small Tea (Coral Gables) 

14. El Mago De Las Fritas (Flagami) 

15. Tacos and Tattoos (Kendall) 

16. Osteria Del Teatro (Miami Beach) 

17. A Little Bit of Philly (Miami Springs)

18. La Sandwicherie (Miami Beach) 

19. Pane & Vino (Miami Beach)

20. Tinta y Café (Brickell)

21. My Little Greek Deli (Miami Springs)

22. Uvaggio Wine Bar & Restaurant (Coral Gables) 

23. Ricky Thai Bistro (North Miami) 

24. Ms. Cheezious Restaurant (MiMo District)

25. OLA (Miami Beach) 

26. The Seven Dials (Coral Gables) 

27. Bolívar (Miami Beach) 

28. NIU Kitchen (Downtown)

29. Ni.Do. Caffe (MiMo District) 

30. Aravita Coffee, Smoothies and Bubble Tea (Miami Lakes) 

31. My Ceviche (South Miami)

32. Bunbury (Wynwood)

33. KC Healthy Cooking (North Miami) 

34. Konata’s Restaurant (North Miami) 

35. Chandlers Place (Coral Gables)

36. Go-Go (Miami Beach)

37. Otentic Fresh Food Restaurant (Miami Beach)

38. Blocks Pizza Deli (Miami Beach)

39. Mignonette (Omni)

40. Miami Mediterranean Cuisine (Miami Beach)

41. Caffe Vialetto (Coral Gables)

42. Pummarola Pastificio and Pizzeria (Coral Gables) 

43. Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar (The Hammocks)

44. Las Olas Café (Miami Beach)

45. Divino Ceviche (Doral)

46. Babylon Turkish Restaurant (Miami Beach)

47. Cafe Charlotte (Miami Beach) 

48. BarMeli (Upper Eastside)

49. Toro Toro Restaurant (Downtown)

50. Threefold Cafe (Coral Gables)

August 24, 2015

Portland Elites Eat Local At Departure And Urban Farmer

Posted by Matt

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From high atop the skyline to deep within the kitchen, Yelp Portland's Gold Elites were given the VIP treatment at Wednesday's party co-hosted by Departure and Urban Farmer! Thirty guests first enjoyed a private reception on Departure's 15th floor patio, learning about the rooftop garden and honey operations while enjoying wings, sushi and Bee's Knees cocktails! The guests then traveled to Urban Farmer where they split into groups, taking turns touring the kitchen, pairing wine with charcuterie and taste-testing steaks! At the end of the party, each guest left with swag bags stuffed to the brim with takeaways from each of the sponsors! Want to know more about the latest Gold Elite Event? Check out the reviews and Flickr gallery! 

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2 Events 2: YEE Casa del agua & Brat Majal

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On Friday night 21st a group of Chilango Elites attended a double event; the first at Casa del Agua, a local on Roma neighborhood in which through the process of collecting rainwater,

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Satisfying Pittsburgh's Sweet Tooth

Posted by Rachel Carlson

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Last Thursday Night, the Burgh Yelp Elite squad headed up to Mount Washington to not only enjoy some tasty treats, but to try their hand at whipping up these sugary delights.  Under careful supervision of Grandview Bakery staff (including the best cake decorator in the city!), Elites decorated cupcakes, dipped Oreos, covered cake pops in sprinkles, and learned to make roses and other flowers out of frosting.  Everyone left with a belly-full of sugar and a new Yelp Elite phone charger!  Read the sweet reviews and check out the pics.

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Yelp Elites 80s Style Bowl-A-Rama

Posted by Kellie Morvillo

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Stars and Strikes did an AMAZING job hosting the Elite Flashback Bowl-A-Rama event! 64 Elites from around Atlanta were treated to the ultimate bowling bonanza! Jammed packed with laser tag, whacky bowling, bumper cars, and arcade games farther than the eye could see! Not only were Yelpers having a fantastic time playing in their "Hair Band" teams, they were eating and drinking (wine provided by Save Me San Francisco) the night away on a full buffet packed with amazing food from Stars and Strikes. Take a look at the amazing pictures here as well as the event reviews here

 

Yelp Bakersfield Celebrates Its First Elite Event!

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Bakersfield Elites got to wind down after work with sangria, Pisco Sours, and a series of authentic Peruvian specialties on the patio at Mi Peru Restaurant for their very first official Yelp Bakersfield Elite Event. Authentic dishes came non stop and included Plantanos Fritos (fried plantains with sugar and salt), Yuca Frita (fried cassava), Ceviche de Pescado (Raw fish cooked in lime juice and served with onions, potatoes, and yam), Lomo Saltado (Strips of steak sautéed with onions, tomatoes, and french fries served with white rice), Chicarron De Pollo (Crispy pieces of chicken with lemon juice), Arroz Chaufa De Pollo (Egg fried rice serve with green onions and chicken) and Aji De Gallina (Spicy chicken in a yellow sauce)! Plus a dessert of Alfajores, Peruvian style cookies. It was the beginning of what promises to be an amazing #yelplife for Elites in Bakersfield! 

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Little Yelpers Club At Heller Nature Center

Posted by Angela S

20807944522_3cba79ed55_zFriday night at the movies with family and friends wrapped up the annual Little Yelpers Club Field Trip for the summer. The night kicked off with with indoor rainforest-themed activities, including mask making, leaf tracing, a collaborative art mural, a toss-the-banana-at-the-monkey beanbag game, all followed by an outdoor showing of Fern Gully under the stars. View the event photos here and read event feedback here.

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Little Yelpers Club Painting Party At Bottle & Bottega

Posted by Angela S

20494372600_9ace02a87e_zSunday was fun day at Bottle & Bottega in Evanston, and instead of only grown ups and wine sips, the space was filled with Little Yelpers and juice boxes, sipping on straws and getting wonderfully messy creating canvas paintings of owls of all sorts. View the event photos here and event feedback here.

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Little Yelpers Pretzel Twist At FlavorPot

Posted by Angela S

  FlavorpotLittle Yelpers got their pretzel twisting skills on at Glenview's newest cooking event space in The Glen. Everyone got their hands dirty (but not before washing up...of course!) with flour and sticky dough. The best part? Eating the rewards—pretzels in homemade dipping sauce! View the event photos here and read event feedback here.

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Little Yelpers Club At Gather Playspace

Posted by Angela S

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Who loves storytelling and art making? Gather Play Space in Evanston graciously hosted a morning of family fun time, with the theme of the day...cupcakes! Nili, The Storybook Mom, read her favorite stories along with her favorite cupcake book, and soon after cupcake art making took place. View the event photos here and event feedback here.

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August 23, 2015

Phoenix Yelpers Kick Off Elite Week at Bad Water Brewing

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Last week, Phoenix Elites and their guests enjoyed a unique sampling experience throughout the week...  Each night, an intimate group came out to Bad Water Brewing to enjoy beer flights and pints + their choice of charcuterie boards.  There was a dart challenge each night as well.  Check out the reviews and pictures from throughout the week by clicking here, and don't miss these professional pics from the kick-off on Monday.

Yelp福岡 カリフォルニアスタイルBBQ ! / Yelp Fukuoka California Style BBQ!

Posted by Takuya Sakoda

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Fukuoka CM Takuya who has just come back from San Francisco brought Cali vibes to Fukuoka the same as what he felt there. All energetic Yelpers who were after more fun gathered up at Seaside Momochi beach! Using BBQ rubs that are from California, we enjoyed a whole different style of BBQ! Even though there were some newbies, we all mingled well through a unique icebreaker. The Yelp Fukuoka community circle got bigger yet again! Who said that summer is nearly over? Apparently we proved that that was wrong!

Check out the reviews and fabulous photos taken by Shota Koga

つい最近サンフランシスコに行ってきたCMのTakuyaが、カリフォルニアの風をそのまま福岡に持って帰ってきたよ!シーサイドももちビーチに夏をまだまだエンジョイしたりないYelperが集ったよ!今回は本場カリフォルニアから買ってきた、Pork Rubをお肉に刷り込み、普段とは違うBBQを楽しみました!初参加のYelperも多かったですが、さすが福岡Yelper、アクティビティである"ジョークマッチングゲーム"を通して、すぐにみんな打ち解けてYelperの輪がまた一段と広まりました!夏はまだ終わりじゃないぜ!

パーティーの様子はレビューで、写真はココ(撮影:古賀翔太)でみつけてね!

 

 

August 22, 2015

Yelp presents ひんやり祭り - Yelp Tokyo Chill Matsuri -

Posted by Rika Nakazawa

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暑い日差しにももうお疲れモード?じゃあYelp流の夏祭りで涼んじゃおう!土曜日の午後、西麻布の怪しげな秘密の地下空間「Bullet's」にYelperが集まりました。振る舞われたかき氷は、YelperのDaigoさんが「子供に合成着色料や保存料の入ったかき氷を食べさせたくない」という想いから作り始めた自家製のかき氷!追求するうちに業務用かき氷機まで購入し、お酒入りやフルーツ入りなどリッチなかき氷を日々研究しています。今回は「トロピカルフルーツ・オトナのショコラ・黒蜜きなこ」の3種類が登場し、Yelperたちが舌鼓を打ちました!舌が冷え冷えになったあとは、Yelpオリジナルの怪談話タイム。Yelpの紹介を交えた怪談、最初は笑いも会ったけど、最後は背筋が「ゾゾーッ」。冷え冷えの時間を楽しみました!

参加したみんなのレビューはこちら、写真はYelp Tokyoのfacebookページでチェックしてね!(撮影:Kenji Mori

 

 

August 21, 2015

Yelp's SALA Art After Dark Tour

Posted by Anita Decoster

 

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SALA is an innovative open access visual arts festival presenting thousands of artists through unique collaborations and exhibitions in hundreds of exhibition spaces throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia.

As part of the festival, 22 Yelp Elites were given a super special Art After Dark Tour of the West End to six gallery spaces by our most gracious host Claire Robinson from UniSA Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art.

We learned that the ‘Art After Dark’ initiative looks at creating the opportunity for people of Adelaide to see gallery spaces after 5pm within the West End precinct. The doors are now open until late, with exhibitions, films, music, talks, food, beer and wine, workshops and more. 

We were all so pleasantly surprised to see galleries that we might not have seen before. This event was topped off with our final destination "Art Battle Spectacular" at the Queen's Theatre. 

Check out all the fun and excitement at this party of epic proportions in our photos and our reviews.

A big thank you to our sponsors for the night: 

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Yelp Indy Updog and Undies

Posted by Brittany

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Sunny skies and breezy weather greeted Yelp yogis for our Yelp Fit Club event, Updog and Undies, hosted at the Sky Farm at Eskenazi Health! This hidden oasis and rooftop garden provides incredible views of the Indy skyline. 

Four yoga instructors from the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis provided instruction for an hour-long class. As they arrived, Yelpers sampled fresh-pressed juices and betty bars from Simplicity Holistic Health. The check-in swag bag featured Yelp gear, kale chip samples from Ezra's Enlightened Cafe, a coupon to Duos Indy, and free class passes to InCycle, Watts Indoor Cycling, and Practice Indie.

In exchange for admission to this great event, Yelpers were asked to donate a pack of women's underwear to benefit the clients of Outreach, Inc., a homeless shelter for youth in Indianapolis. Together, we collected 250+ pairs of underwear!

Read the glowing reviews and check out more pictures here

Oceanside Yelpers Dine With The Chef At Masters!

Posted by Trish

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A select group of Yelp Elite were chosen to dine with Executive Chef Christopher Gallo for a summer supper. Attendees enjoyed the industrially designed space with classic history, Masters was once a well ­remembered drag car shop. The revamped restaurant keeps its authentic character, and offered a warm and inviting dining experience for a lovely escape from the sun and sand. Menu items included seasonal, casual comfort food with an artisan’s twist!

Diners enjoyed Garam Masala Spiced Potato Gnocchi with Honey Roasted Figs and a House made Rosemary Lemon Ricotta for a delicious first course, followed by Pan Roasted White Seabass over Caramelized Carrot Puree and Melted Eggplant with a zing of Pickled Mustard Seeds. Dessert was an addictive Banana Bread Pudding with House-made Pecan Praline Ice Cream and each course was paired with a white wine perfect for the summer evening. 

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Yelp KC Elites Experience Chocolate Frog Cafe

Posted by Adam Schaumburg

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Kansas City Elites were able to explore the full menu at the new Chocolate Frog Cafe in Prairie Village, KS. Everything from spiked milkshakes, all-day breakfast, chicken and waffles, and carrot cake helped create a wonderful evening for Yelpers who were able to experience the vision behind this fun new concept. Check out the event reviews and photos here! Big thanks to the crew at Chocolate Frog Cafe for their wonderful hospitality.

August 20, 2015

Newbies and Noodles

Posted by Nathen

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Newbies and Noodles was a hit! 25 Brand new elites joined together at the newest noodle spot to hit Vegas. They indulged in an eight course tasting menu, got tips for the best photo habits, and meet some of their new fellow elites. Check out the reviews here and see all the sweet pictures right here!  

Huge thanks to Wuhu Noodle, the Silverton and Digital Guerilla for the pictures. 

Tours Treats And Thrills In The Steel City

Posted by Rachel Carlson

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The rain held off and a small group of 25 Yelp Pittsburgh Elites enjoyed a beautiful fun-filled day at one of America's oldest amusement parks, Kennywood, for the second summer in a row.  After a behind-the-scenes tour, Yelpers enjoyed some of Kennywood's newest culinary offerings, including grilled corn and a loaded waffle.  The squad took full advantage of all the roller coasters and other thrill rides, and rode till their hearts content.  The park treated our hungry riders to a traditional picnic lunch to refuel mid-day.  Read about the good times and peruse the pics.

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Magical Brews And Brunch In The Burgh

Posted by Rachel Carlson

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Yelp Pittsburgh Elite members sampled half a dozen beers from VooDoo Brewery in Homestead in June.  Yelpers were also treated to various brunch dishes prepared by Chef Steve of Studio A.M.  Many left with growlers of the new VooDoo Brewery beers they enjoyed and plans to attend brunch at Studio A.M.  Check out the reviews and the pics of happy 412 Yelpers.

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Whiskey Flights And Scottish Bites in Pittsburgh

Posted by Rachel Carlson

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On a hot May weeknight, an enthusiastic bunch of 50 Elites enjoyed sampling three different types of whiskey along with Scottish and Irish small bites from the historic Piper's Pub in Pittsburgh's South Side.  Read the reviews here and view the 412 Elite Squad enjoying the event on our Flickr page.

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