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February 09, 2016

Buffalo - 50 Best Ways To Cure Cabin Fever

Posted by Alex L

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Buffalo - let all the excuses of “being bored” and “not knowing what to do” evaporate! Here's a curated list of 50 ways to cure your adventure thirst and hunger!

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February 05, 2016

Pendergast Bash at Tom's Town Distillery

Posted by Adam Schaumburg

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KC Elites whispered the password into this super-secret speakeasy party and were taken back to a time when spirits, money and jazz flowed like fountains and political boss Tom Pendergast ran the show. The new Tom's Town Distillery is full of that 1920's KC charm, warm atmosphere and of course, superb cocktails with vodka and gin distilled on site. An impressive spread of small plates made their way around while Elites earned their next cocktail by boning up on some Pendergast era history. Check out what all the guys and dolls are saying about it here, and be sure to look at all the fantastic photos!

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February 02, 2016

San Antonio: Yelp and Country

Posted by Tomas Rey

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Cause y’all know we're from Texas, and we know how to get our country on! That is why we decided to kick off 2016 with a family friendly official Yelp event at Cowboys Dancehall. All of our Yelpers got the chance to enjoy Professional Bull Riding, complimentary drinks, food, mechanical bull rides, and a private sitting area to watch the show!

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To start the night, we invited everyone to join us at the second floor of the venue, were we had prepared a delicious buffet catered by Furr’s Fresh Buffet, which included different appetizers from chicken strips, sliders and nachos! 

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The evening was followed by an amazing two-part tournament of Professional Bull Riding, were everyone got to experience the adrenaline and rush of a real PBR show! During this time, our Yelp families also had the chance to become real Cowboys for a night, and test their 8 seconds with a mechanical bull.

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After the tournament, everyone got the chance to enjoy of live country music and dance to some good ‘ol two step! We really have to thank all of the staff from Cowboys Dancehall for helping us with this unique family friendly experience for our Yelpers in San Antonio. This event was definitely a true Texas experience for everyone!

It was an awesome event overall but don’t take our word for it!

Check out the awesome reviews and user uploaded photos here.

Special thank you to our sponsors for an amazing night and Noah Acevedo for the amazing photos!

Professional Photos here!

Cowboys Dancehall Yelp | Website    

February 01, 2016

Houston's 2016 Badge Bash At Yellow Rose Distilling

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Yelp Houston Elites celebrated their new 2016 badges Go Texan style! On a Thursday evening, Elites made way to Yellow Rose Distilling – Houston's first and only inner city whiskey distillery – for a night of boots, chaps and cowboy hats (ahem, for some). Yelpers enjoyed cocktails made with Yellow Rose Distilling's whiskey and vodka selection, as well as group tours and spirits tastings. And serving up generous bites was The Cajun Stop (crawfish etouffee and king cake bites), Ruggles Green (various pizza bites, hummus and artichoke dip), and Araya Artisan Chocolate (gourmet chocolates and marshmallows). Music provided by DJ Seduction. Photos provided by Eugene Lee Images. Check out the event reviews and flickr and facebook photos!

Madison Elites Get Sweet On Bloom And The Regal Find

Posted by Stacey Lansing

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Cookie decorating, valentine making, and endless treats made for a sweet night at Bloom Bake Shop and The Regal Find on January 28th, 2016. Madison Elites and their guests broke into groups to learn about the local suppliers that make Bloom so delicious, get a cookie decorating lesson, make beautiful handmade valentines, and have some delicious bites and sips while making new pals. Creativity was in full effect with everything from an origami-topped card to burst-covered cookies. Attendees also had the opportunity to be the first to try Bloom's new toaster pastries filled with peach chamomile and raspberry rose fillings. Read the reviews here and check out all the delectable photos from Stephanie Kluz Photography here!

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January 30, 2016

Yelp Indy's Hamilton County House Party

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Reggae music flooded the Estridge model home as Yelp elites swung open the front door and kicked off their shoes as if they owned the place.

Each room held a unique local business that left elites exploring for hours. Donuts were piled high in the bedroom, waxings and massages took over the master bath, vino flowed aplenty in the basement, and a letterpress printed Hamilton County postcards in the garage- to name a few. With twelve local businesses in tow, guests tried a lot of new delicacies and services while interacting with passionate business owners. Elites also #PackedThePantry by donating hundreds of nonperishable food items to Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank. The party could have gone on all night. In Aaron Carter words, "The party of the month? No, the party of the year!"

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January 27, 2016

Omaha Elites' Executive Treatment At Wicked Rabbit

Posted by Will

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Over two nights, members of Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad checked out Wicked Rabbit, a new executive lounge hidden inside the confines of a tiny cigar and spirits shop next to Hotel Deco XV in downtown Omaha. In addition to sips of a mulled wine punch concoction, attendees ordered up vintage cocktails expertly prepared by Wicked Rabbit's ace bartenders. Top it off with bites from Heritage Food & Wine and you have the 2016 Elite Event season kicking off with more than a little style and class. For more, read reviews from the Elites and check out Andrew Lachance's photos.

January 26, 2016

Cheers To A Sensational Sunday at MiLA Bar in The Pere Marquette Hotel

Posted by Morgan

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New Orleans Yelp Elites were privy to some posh surrounding in the MiLA bar at the Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel for their very first event of the year, “2016 Elite Meet & Greet at MiLA.” With a seasonal menu driven by fresh ingredients, MiLa delivers a new style of Southern fare with a lighter touch using French techniques, and our Elites were able to get a taste!...

This Sunday sizzled with a three-piece band, a rousing game of Yelpo, rum cocktails from locally-distilled Old New Orleans Rum, and delicious light bites from Executive Chef Benjamin Sarrat including crispy Mirliton chips with Gulf shrimp and blue crab remoulade, smoked garlic soup shooters with Gulf shrimp, and housemade boudin balls with red bean puree. If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, you better check your pulse.

Between dishes, guests enjoyed rounds of photo-worthy cocktails from Pimm’s Cups to mojitos overflowing with mint, crafted by their expert and amicable bartending staff.

These snap-happy Elites documented their bites, libations, and band in wonderful pics, but it was decided that Emily M. garnered "Best in Show" for her shot of the beautiful design of the lovely MiLA bar. She was awarded a stay-cation for one night at Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel along with dinner at MiLA. Needless to say Emily M. is winning this year.

But in the end, all of the Elites found something to enjoy at their very first event of the year! Check out the glowing reviews here as well as the amazing photos snapped by Trevor Mark Photography of this sensational Sunday here!

Thank you again to our amazing sponsors and their wonderful staff:

Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette Hotel | MiLA Restaurant | Old New Orleans Rum | Trevor Mark Photography

San Antonio: Yelp Gets Pampered at Massage Heights!

Posted by Tomas Rey

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What better way to welcome the new year, than a relaxing and revitalizing evening with our Yelp Elites! During our first elite event for 2016, Yelp Get’s Pampered, Massage Heights at Deerfield Crossing treated our guests to an evening of back massages, foot rubs, mini facials and aromatherapy.

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Massage Heights’ owner, Alisha, welcomed all of our guests and pampered them with some delicious bubbly drinks and light snacks. While waiting for their massages and pampering sessions, Yelp Elites were given a chance to mingle and catch up with each other!

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The evening included various elevations including lavender aromatherapy, which helped our guests feel more in tune with their bodies. This came in handy when many of them enjoyed back and foot massages. Our Yelp Elite members were also given new tips on how to stay relaxed and rejuvenated following their visit at Massage Heights.

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Wine, foot rubs, back massages and mini facials….We couldn’t have asked for anything more! Massage Heights really knows how to treat their customers. This was an amazing way to refocus for the New Year, and we would like to thank all of the staff at the Deerfield Crossing location for being so welcoming and treating our Yelpers like the Elite Members they are!

It was an awesome event overall but don’t take our word for it!

Check out the awesome reviews and user uploaded photos here.

Special thank you to our sponsor for an amazing night and Noah Acevedo for the amazing photos!

Massage Heights Deerfield Crossing Yelp | Website

December 17, 2015

Yelp Elites Savor The Flavors Of New Orleans At Cornet This Holiday Season

Posted by Morgan

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You can imagine our Yelp Elites were quite jazzed when they arrived at Cornet for their annual holiday party and last Elite event of the year. Yelp Elites were privy to the entire upstairs including two private dining areas and a wrap-around balcony at Cornet, located in the heart of the French Quarter on the corner of Bourbon and St. Peters. The concept for Cornet was born from the family who gave Louis Armstrong his first horn.

In honor of this rich history, celebrated trumpeter James Andrew and his bandmates played original music and holiday tunes through out the night. Hors d'oeuvres of crisp crab cakes, rich barbecue shrimp and grits, and chicken pate crostinis were passed by Cornet's delightful staff, while guests could also enjoy a decadent buffet of Creole and Cajun-inspired dishes including pork loin with braised cabbage and blackened catfish with crawfish cream sauce. Delectable libations from vodka-infused craft cocktails to Abita Brewery Christmas Ale flowed, while the House made egg nog was the hit of this holiday party. And to wrap up the "dining bow", warm bread pudding with cranberries sealed the deal for this being the season's best soiree!

This joyous night of drinks, delicious dishes, music, and a little bit of dancing (thanks to Renard) would have to come to an end at some point. To keep Cornet in the hearts and minds of our Yelp Elites, each guest went home with a personalized trumpet trinket to hang during this holiday season. Thank you so much to the wonderful staff, Cornet's owner and local Ms. Billie Karno, and those involved in planning this amazing party for a memorable night that paid tribute to what makes New Orleans special! Also a big thank you to James Andrew and his bandmates for bringing a wonderful seasonal and Satchmo-inspired set, and lastly, to Trevor Mark Photography for capturing the memories!

Check out what made this event extra special to our Elites in their stellar star reviews here, and enjoy some amazing photos here.

December 14, 2015

KC Elites Paint The Town

Posted by Adam Schaumburg

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Nothing says, "Welcome to the holidays" quite like some festive paintings paired with wine. Whether channeling their inner Van Gogh or their inner wino, there were all kinds of wonderful works of art by the end of the night. The newly opened Pinot's Palette in Briarcliff Village hosted a holiday gathering for the KC Elites to truly paint the town, lit up with a festive Plaza light setting and some holiday tunes. Check out all the photos and masterpieces and see what everyone is saying about it here!

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December 13, 2015

Yelp's Totally Bazaar 2015

Posted by Brittany

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Six thousand Hoosiers flooded the halls of the Indianapolis Central Public Library and shopped 'til they dropped on December 10 for Yelp's Totally Bazaar. More than 150 local businesses set up shop for the night, creating a six-floor pop-up holiday shopping party. Guests who checked in on the app received a free Yelp tote bag to carry their goodies. Food and drink vendors spilled over into the historic hall in the library, and spirits were sipped in the Hoosier Hooch tasting room. 

Other highlights included musicians on each floor, Jose & Sons Ice Sculptors creating a holiday masterpiece in the lobby, and a donation drive for Fletcher Place Community Center.

Our thanks to the businesses and happy shoppers for helping us shop local this holiday season, and to the Indianapolis Central Public Library for playing hostess with the mostest! Read the reviews and check out Yelpers' photos here

December 01, 2015

San Antonio: Not Your Parent's Olive Garden!

Posted by Tomas Rey

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For many of us it's so easy to affiliate Olive Garden with our childhood and immediately recognize OG for their unlimited salad, soup, and breadsticks (they still offer that btw!). Luckily, Yelpers were given the unique opportunity to come back and check out their new menu. Let us tell you, we were not prepared for what they had in store for us.

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November 25, 2015

Yelp Gets Crafty At World of Beer in Metairie

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How does one begin their journey to a "World of Beer" with over 40 taps and 500+ bottled beers to choose from?...With a Yelp Elite Event, of course! 
 
World of Beer in Metairie invited our Elites to enjoy an exclusive craft pairing of tasty tavern dishes with local and national beers. Guests were educated by the knowledgeable staff on how to navigate the menu via their high-tech iPad menu and the handy dandy World of Beer app. Elite favorites of the six course offerings included the habanero pumpkin and Korean spicy wings paired with NOLA Brown Ale, fresh tuna poke paired with Pilsner Urquell, and the decadent Belgian waffle s'mores. 
 
While tackling this epic list of brews may seem daunting, General Manager Josh Bodenweiser and his staff proved to be expert guides schooling our Elites on pairings as well as explaining the various glassware appropriately used to serve different styles of beer. 
 
Elites received high marks on their WOB trivia scoring a signature pint glass, sticker, tee, and gift card to come back for their next lift off at the World of Beer in Metairie. Check out our five star reviews here and our craft pairing pics captured by Tucker Keatley here!
 
Thank You To Our Wonderful Sponsor: World of Beer in Metairie, Josh Bodenweiser, and his incredibly knowledgeable staff! 

November 23, 2015

Yelp's Top 10 Places To Shop Local In Richmond

Posted by Lauri Thompson

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Supporting local businesses this holiday season is the perfect way to give back to the community. That's why Yelp has put together this list of the Top 10 Places To Shop Local In Richmond. From the best biz for vintage frocks to a neighborhood favorite for fresh florals, we know just the place! 

  1. South of the James Market
  2. Mongrel 
  3. World Of Mirth
  4. Deep Groove
  5. Chop Suey Books
  6. Halcyon Vintage Clothing
  7. Nicola Flora
  8. Road Runner Running Store
  9. Ashby
  10. Nest Antiques Art & Gifts

Wish You Were Here! Yelp New Orleans Steak-ation with LongHorn Steakhouse!

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Yelp New Orleans rustled up some of its finest Elites to head on out to a sure-fire, good time steak-ation with Slidell's Longhorn Steakhouse. Guests were welcomed by Managing Partner Matt Bellina who prepared each seat with an extensive mouth-watering menu, free appetizer card, a sneak peak menu of seasonal sensations, and a friendly game of Steak trivia. 
 
During family-style appetizers of sweet corn fritters and Wild West Shrimp, Matt schooled our Elites on steaks, seasoning, and what makes LongHorn Steakhouse special. Amy K was rewarded with a LongHorn Steakhouse gift card for scoring high on her steak quiz, as was Suzanne C for her social media skills posting sizzling pics with the tag #LongHornYelp. To be honest though, everyone scored big when their choice of Longhorn steaks arrived at the table! 
 
But what meal is complete without a Chocolate Stampede or Pumpkin Spice Lava Cake?! Elites loosened their big ol' belt buckles and dug in for what was the perfect ending to this delicious meal. Make no mis-steak, this was one steak-ation that will not be easily forgotten! Check out our five star reviews here and drool-inducing photos here!
 
Thank You To Our Great Sponsor: LongHorn Steakhouse as well as Matt Bellina and his wonderful staff! 

November 20, 2015

Richmond Elites Seize The Night At Old Manchester Square

Posted by Lauri Thompson

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On Wednesday night, the weather outside may have been frightful, but inside Old Manchester Square Richmond Elites enjoyed a party that was oh, so delightful! Croaker’s Spot, one of Richmond’s most popular restaurants for a home cooked comforting meal, is opening a brand new event space just a few doors down from the restaurant. It’s not open to the public just yet, but Richmond Elites got to get a sneak peek of the gorgeous venue. This Fall Festival-themed event kept everyone entertained with exciting activities around every corner. Intense games of giant Jenga, oversized checkers, and corn hole brought out everyone’s competitive nature while DIY wine glass decorating and a create-your-own hot cocoa mix bar hit the spot for those who wanted to tap into their creative side. The real MVPs of the night, however, were the Croaker’s Spot staff who cooked a spread that was slap-yo-mamma good. Nobody left hungry! The crab dip, corn muffins, fried catfish with peppers and onions, fruit, and veggies still has everyone talking. Check out the 5 star reviews and photos to see for yourself!

Huge thanks to Croaker’s Spot for being incredible hosts, our lovely photographer Olivia Walthall, and John Mitchel Media Group for providing the speakers that kept everyone jamming all night long!

November 19, 2015

Houston Elites Preview Winter Menu At Seasons 52

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Seasons 52 at CityCentre welcomed the Houston Yelp Elite Squad to a special celebration of the restaurant's launch of their new seasonal Winter menu. Yelpers noshed on generous servings of the Lobster Cognac Ravioli; Butternut Squash Soup; Braised Beef Short-rib with grits, carrots and horseradish crema; Scallop with butternut squash risotto; Pumpkin Pie Minis; and Key Lime Minis. And libations were flowing with Cranberry Sage cocktails, craft beers and select red and white wines. With an intimate, candlelit setting and wintry aroma filling the air, the night was a remarkable jump into the holiday season! Check out the event reviews here.  

November 18, 2015

Yelp Flies In The Sky in San Antonio, Tx!

Posted by Tomas Rey

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Laughter was the only thing filling the room during our “Yelp Get’s Fit” initiative with Aerial Yoga Boerne and Juicer Heroes. It was a morning full of smiles, fun, and many ‘firsts’ for everyone. Yelpers learned new aerial moves, to clear their mind, get fit and meditate with this unique version of yoga.

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November 17, 2015

Yelp Omaha's Sunday Brunch At The Diner

Posted by Will

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The Diner has been a mainstay in Omaha's Old Market for decades. Not only is it housed in an authentic New Jersey diner building (you should see it all lit up in neon at night), the menu naturally features all the greasy spoon breakfast and lunch classics. Recently, Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad were invited to cozy up in a booth to experience what The Diner does best – we're talking breakfast burritos, meatloaf and biscuits and gravy paired with coffee, mimosas and bloody marys – giving guests a perfect slice of Americana in the heart of downtown Omaha. For more, check out the reviews and photos of the event.

November 16, 2015

Yelp Orlando Goes Blue @ Blue Man Group VIP Experience

Posted by Andi

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Three nights + Three Blue Men + 30 of Orlando Elite Yelpers = ABSOLUTE MAGIC!

Blue Man Group kicked off it's brand new VIP Experience by inviting Orlando's Elite Yelpers to experience it first. The waitlist on this bad boy was enormous- only eclipsed by the excitement of those Elites who were confirmed. Everyone's heard of the Blue Man Group, but only a handful of folks have ever gotten the behind-the-scenes access that the Blue Man Group VIP Experience allows! Starting with a private back stage tour, Elites soon had the opportunity to take a selfie on the Blue Man Group Theater stage, take their (premium) seats for the sensory-explosion that is a Blue Man Group show, and top it off with a post-show meet and greet with the Blue Men themselves. There were quite a few surprises along the way- It IS Blue Man Group, after all! Needless to say, the experience was over-the-top amazing! But why take it from me? Check out what Elites had to say about this crazy new experience and take a peek at images from the VIP Experience.

 

A big thanks to Blue Man Group Orlando for inviting Yelp out to the VIP Experience and to Jim White Photography for capturing the great images!

November 12, 2015

Yelp Indy's Gin Jubilee with Hendrick's Gin

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Indy elites took a step back in time for a 1940's British pub themed Gin Jubilee with Hendrick’s Gin. Yelpers dressed the part with vintage frocks, hats, and suits. Aristocrat Pub & Restaurant hosted the cozy affair in its upstairs private party space. Mixologist and Hendrick’s Gin brand ambassador, Freddie, took roll call and taught an educational and interactive class about making gin cocktails. Guests acted as amateur bartenders for the evening and crafted three signature cocktails, including Blueberry Delight. To balance out the booze, Aristocrat boasted a smorgasbord of appetizers. Read what Yelpers had to say about the event here and check out the classy photos from Violet Short Photography here!

November 09, 2015

Yelpsgiving Fall Fest at Broadmoor Bistro

Posted by Adam Schaumburg

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The future chefs of Kansas City at Broadmoor Bistro put together a scrumptious bounty as Yelp Elites gathered around the cornucopia for a Yelpsgiving Fall Fest! There were eight wonderful stations to sample and explore, including some delicious holiday turkey and stuffing. Elites were able to tour the Bistro kitchen to learn about the culinary program, as well as check out the holiday Pie Sale which allows people to pre-order Thanksgiving goodies. Bask in the warm glowing reviews from the event here, and a big thanks to the students and staff at Broadmoor Bistro for a wonderful evening.


November 05, 2015

Yelp Indy's Dia de los Muertos Fiesta at La Mulita

Posted by Brittany

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Bright flower crowns contrasted and popped against the crowd of black outfits at the Dia de los Muertos party at La Mulita on Monday. Yelp elites gathered to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday not only in style, but also in the presence of authentic Hispanic cuisine. 

Between rounds of cochinita tacos, deconstructed empanadas, Pan de Muerto, and Marigold cocktails, elites decorated sugar skulls, swayed to Mariachi music, and were transformed into sugar skulls by Brittany Renee Makeup Academy. La Mulita was decked to the nines in papier-mâché, skeletons, and glowing Day of the Dead candles. Drinks were never empty and stomachs grew full, especially after a stunning Day of the Dead Classic Cake was brought out, sliced up, and quickly eaten. Guests left la fiesta with a wider cultural understanding, new acquaintances, and a Yelp mug of Delicia/La Mulita goodies. Pictures and reviews can be found here or on the Yelp Indy Facebook Page. ¡Fue una noche divertida!

Thank you to our beautiful sponsors: 

La Mulita • Classic Cakes Brittany Renee Makeup Academy Wildwood Floral Co  JusFam Photography

November 03, 2015

Yelp's Brews & Booze Tour in San Antonio, Texas!

Posted by Tomas Rey

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There were no dull moments during the months of September & October when Yelp San Antonio hosted their Brews & Booze Tour across the Alamo City. San Antonio boasts some amazing local breweries and distilleries and it was time to bring some love and attention to their hard work and dedication for bringing San Antonio onto the craft beer and cocktail scene.

Participating locations during this tour were (in alphabetical order):

-Alamo Beer Company 

-Busted Sandal Brewing Co.

-Branchline Brewing Co.

-Dorćol Distilling Company

-Hoppy Monk, The (Exclusive San Antonio Brewed Specials Party)

-Rebecca Creek Distillery

-Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

-Two Step Restaurant and Cantina (Passport to Margaritas Party)

Citizens of San Antonio were able to enjoy unique Yelp check in specials ranging from $5 distillery credits to Buy 1 Get 1 Free specials all with the use of their free Yelp account. 

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8 tour stops + 6 Breweries|Distilleries + Yelp Check In Specials = One Amazing Tour

Click below to get the full scoop of this amazing tour highlighting some amazing local breweries and distilleries!

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San Antonio: Pizza, Brews, & Furry Friends at Urban Bricks Pizza!

Posted by Tomas Rey

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It was a beautiful evening at Urban Bricks Pizza as we hung out on their patio with very special guests. No we're not talking about celebrities; even better, it was with all of our furry friends! 

Yelpers were given the chance to bond with all of our furry guests while munching on one-of-a-kind pizza creations and Ranger Creek beer. For those who have yet to visit Urban Bricks, UBP is an unlimited topping creation pizza and salad bar that is Vegan, Gluten Free, and Vegetarian friendly place for a quick bite.

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Into the night we were toppings deep into our Pizza Creation contest where Yelpers divided into teams to win over the panel of judges. Some of the intricate concepts conceived were "Vampire Slayer" and the "Niko".

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While Yelpers were busy creating their own creations, everyone was enjoying UBP classics such as "Three Little Pigs" and the highlight of the night, "Nutella Dessert Pizza". It was an awesome night overall but don't take our word for it!

Check out the awesome reviews here & the professional photos by Noah Acevedo here

Special thank you to Urban Bricks Pizza for an amazing night! Yelp | Website

November 02, 2015

National Chocolate Day at Cacao & Cardamom

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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On October 28th, Cacao & Cardamom invited 35 Houston Elite to celebrate National Chocolate with a whiskey and chocolate tasting. Curated by Cacao & Cardamom owner and chocolatier Annie Rupani, Yelpers sampled an assortment of chocolates like their Houston Rodeo 'Best Bites' prize winning Mango Caramel. Check out the event reviews here!

Houston Elites Meat The Capital Grille - CityCentre

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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On Monday, October 26th, 35 of Houston Elites kicked off fabulous fall weather with a patio steak-cation at The Capital Grille at CityCentre. At this cocktail reception, Elites were treated to apps – like Lobster & Crab Cakes, Lollipop Lamb Chops, and bruschetta – and signature cocktails such as their famous Stoli Doli. The following night on October 27th, 10 Gold Badge Elites enjoyed an intimate seated dinner featuring The Capital Grille's limited engagement: Wagyu & Wine dinner, along with desserts, like their coconut cream pie, flourless chocolate cake, creme brûlée cheesecake. Check out the amazing event photos and event reviews here and here

November 01, 2015

Yelp Indy's BBQ & Bluegrass Bash with City Barbeque

Posted by Brittany

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Strands of twinkle lights hanging from great wooden rafters lit up the Avon Wedding Barn on Wednesday night as Indy Yelp elites arrived on the scene. The barn was transformed into a sea of various flannel as Yelpers poured cocktails out of a pumpkin keg, chowed down on City Barbeque, and swayed to bluegrass tunes. Manayunk Calligraphy wrote Yelpers' names on miniature pumpkins while other guests decorated their own caramel apples and met new friends. The atmosphere was magical and the event truly captured autumn's best attributes. Check out the stunning event photos by C. Pickens Photography here.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Avon Wedding Barn • Manayunk Calligraphy • City Barbeque • C. Pickens Photography • Metazoa Brewing Company • Jim Beam • The Stampede String Band •Lucy Scott Pastel Portraits  •Beasley's Orchard

October 29, 2015

The Best Of Cantina Laredo

Posted by Will

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Several members of Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad enjoyed a multi-course meal featuring the most popular dishes and drinks currently on the menu at Cantina Laredo's Midtown Crossing location. Chef Israel and general manager Marcus were on hand to guide Elites through each dish, explaining how Cantina Laredo is committed to using the best and freshest ingredients, preparing everything fresh in the kitchen each day, from the house-made salsa that pairs perfectly with everything to the fresh lime juice that goes into each of their award-winning margaritas. For more, read the five-star reviews and view photos from the event.

October 26, 2015

A Bloody Fantastic Bash At The Joy Theater In New Orleans

Posted by Morgan

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This October, Yelp New Orleans celebrated the Bloody Mary with a 22 day-long promotion, “Yelp's Battle of the Bloody Mary", with 13 bars and restaurants that have mastered the Mary competing all over the city. This cutthroat challenge culminated at Yelp's Bloody Bash at The Joy Theater, a beautifully-renovated, jewel box theater on Canal that features live music concerts and theatrical productions, as well as an amazing space to host private parties!

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October 23, 2015

Elite Escape in KC!

Posted by Adam Schaumburg

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Before Yelp Elites got locked in a room for 60 minutes with nothing to rely on but their wits, they fueled up with some delicioso authentic Neapolitan pizza and hand-crafted cocktails at Il Lazzarone. Groups were paired off and sent into the mysterious Breakout KC rooms to see who could work together, crack the code, and breakout! Check out what the Elites are saying about it, and the great shots from Kate Sweeten Photography.

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October 21, 2015

Yelp Orlando's Knight Out @ Medieval Times

Posted by Andi

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Hear ye, hear ye! 50 of Orlando's Elite Yelpers cheered their Red Knight on to a grand victory in front of the Queen and King! But before that went down, Elites got a VIP reception with the knights and royal family, a private tour of the Medieval Village and torture chamber, and even got knighted by the King! That's right, you may now exclusively refer to Orlando's Elites as "Lady" or "Sir." A regal time was had by all, but don't take it from me- check out reviews of the battle and photos!

A big thanks to Medieval Times Orlando for hosting #YelpsKnightOut and to The Bokeh Studio for capturing every medieval moment!

Omaha Elites Take Beefy Bites At LongHorn Steakhouse

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There was no shortage of fantastic eats at LongHorn Steakhouse's Oakview location in Omaha, as members of the local Yelp Elite Squad took a grand tour of the menu, sampling corn fritters, shrimp, mussels and brew pub pretzels alongside choice of salad, side, cut of beef (ribeye, sirloin or prime rib!) and, of course, a couple decadent desserts. For reviews, photos and more, check out Beefy Bites At LongHorn Steakhouse on Yelp.

October 20, 2015

Ending Hunger With A Little Yelp From Our Friends

Posted by Patrick

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On Saturday night, Des Moines Elite Squad members and their guest got together at Mars Cafe for a night of art, music, beer, food, and fun.. all for a great cause. To celebrate World Food Day, we raised 200 dollars for Hunger Hike. The Hunger Hike increases community consciousness and concern about local and world-wide hunger and raises funds to be used by non-profit agencies and programs to help alleviate the problem.

The music at the party was provided by Rob Sevier of the Numero Group and we had live portraits from the fantastic local artist Jen Leatherby. We had amazing vegan cupcakes provided by Golden Dozen. Also huge thanks to Doll Craft Distribution for providing tasty local and regional brews. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fun photos on Flickr.

October 19, 2015

Zoe's Kitchen KC Elite Event

Posted by Adam Schaumburg

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Fresh, fast and delicious food highlighted the Newbie Elite Event at the new Zoe's Kitchen on the Country Club Plaza. A variety of hummus, kebabs, crisp salads and fresh baked desserts had the Yelp Elites drooling over the impressive menu. Over the top friendly service and giveaways from the crew at Zoe's crew showed how friendly and passionate they are about their concept that is sure to be a welcome addition to the Plaza area. Check out what the Yelpers had to say about it, and be sure to check out the pics from Alison Pea.

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Sneak Peek of Houston's The Durham House

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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The Durham House takes a kicked-up version of Southern Coastal cuisine boasting a seasonal, farm-to-table, and chef-driven menu created by Chef Don Schoenburg. And Gold badge Elites were invited to check out the new restaurant weeks before its highly anticipated October 22nd opening! Craft cocktails made with Azunia Tequila and bites like – BBQ Duck Tartine and Lamb Tartar – rounded out the night's menu. Check out the raving event reviews and photos!

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October 18, 2015

Piada Italian Street Food Comes To Houston

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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New to Houston is Piada Italian Street Food, and they invited 80 local Elites to check out the resto which boasts a menu of fresh-made Italian wraps (piadas), Italian sandwiches (tascas), bowls, salads and more! Check out the event reviews and photos! Photos by Eugene Lee Images

Houston Gets Hot With Blazed Fast Fir'd Pizza

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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In summer of 2015, Blaze Fast Fir'd Pizza – a fast casual restaurant known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas – opened two Houston locations in Woodlake Square and Sugar Land. And October 12th and 13th, Elites were super stoked to get an invite to taste their signature 'zas and make their own creations – complete with wine, s'mores, a DJ, games and prizes. Check out the event reviews here (Woodlake Square) and here (Sugar Land). Photo by Shawn S 

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October 15, 2015

Das Beste Oktoberfest at Füse

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Last Tuesday, Augusta Yelpers celebrated Oktoberfest – the largest folk festival in the world…Augusta style of course. 22 Yelpers experienced three awesome beers from the vast selection at Füse Restaurant & Bar, which included the Ayingerz Oktoberfest Märzen, Service Teufel Hund Oktoberfest and Left Hand Oktoberfest. Tastebuds were tantalized with select Amuse bouches courtesy of Chef Eric like Cuban smoked pork schnitzel, Spätzle with cheddar sauce, Bratwurst, Pink Kraut and German Potato Salad! No Yelp event is complete without some Yelp Schwag. Yelpers walked away with a shot glass and bottle opener to keep the Oktoberfest celebration going. Check out event reviews and photos. Plan to join us for future Yelp events.

Raise your beer mug in thanks for: Füse Restaurant & Bar and Lauren Carnes Photography

October 13, 2015

Taste Of Tarakaan | Houston

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Haute on the Houston culinary and nightlife scene is Tarakaan, a Pan-Asian restaurant turn high energy lounge. And H-town Elites were invited to an exclusive VIP tasting complete with bites created by Chef Micah Rideout – delectable items such as Edamame Croquettes, Smoked Paan Wraps, Steamed Pork Buns, Curried Cauliflower, and Duck Green Mango and Papaya Salad. Yelpers enjoyed wine, Tarakaan's famous Firecracker Champagne Cocktail, henna tattoo designs, origami 101, and photo opps with a giesha model. Check out the event reviews and photos for more! 

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October 09, 2015

If A Yelp Elite Can Walk, Then A Yelp Elite Can Fly

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Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's NOLA Flyboarding!

NOLA Flyboarding is the first hydroflight company in Louisiana locally owned by Tony Bertucci who found a passion for Flyboarding while on vacation in Florida, and opened his own venture here in 2013. Tony invited a handful of Yelp Elites to partake in a beautiful afternoon on Lake Pontchartrain with his krewe for kayaking, paddleboarding, and party barging. Once we settled out onto the lake with the sun slowly sinking behind the marina, Captain Tommy flipped on the jet-ski and Jeremy jettisoned towards the sky! 

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October 06, 2015

Meet The Elite: Kate H, Houston

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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Welcome to Meet The Elite, where we let you in on the lives of some of our top community members. Today we meet Kate H, a Yelp Elite since '13 with a whopping 108 reviews and 185 local biz pics counting. 

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Why did you first start yelping?
When I first moved to Houston, my group of new-to-Houston girlfriends frequently struggled to find new, fun places to do happy hour and dinners. This regular struggle annoyed me, so I took it upon myself to do the research and become the expert among us. Yelp was the perfect vehicle for researching, recording and remembering the spots we loved... 

What do you love most about Houston?
I love that Houston does not have to 'try' so damn hard, like certain neighboring cities... This center of diversity is growing and developing with such grace and cleverness. It is exciting to witness this coming of age tale, but more so to participate in it! 

Best kept secret in Houston:
Hollister Grill: This is a pint-sized, mom-and-pop shop that floats in the nether region between the Loop and the Beltway. Every dish there tastes so lovingly prepared, as if by a good friend at a dinner party.

What's your favorite Yelp memory to date?
After the Green6.2 race in CityCentre, I was approached by a random person I didn't recognize. They told me they recognized me from my Yelp profile and really enjoyed one of the reviews I had written! I was so astounded that they recognized me (despite my rabid sweaty appearance) and overjoyed that my review helped someone!

People who love ___ should follow me on Yelp! 
Hummus and pizza

Want more? Keep up with Kate H's reviews, photos, lists and tips at ookate2oo.yelp.com

Follow Yelp Houston: facebook | twitter | Instagram

What does being a Yelp Elite mean? Aside from a sparkly badge that you get to rock with pride on your Yelp profile page, you'll get the opportunity to attend exclusive events, meet Yelpers from your community in-person, and discover a variety of local businesses you may not have previously tried. You can read more, and even nominate yourself or a fellow Yelper at yelp.com/elite

October 03, 2015

Yelp And Wellness In Des Moines

Posted by Patrick

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Last week Des Moines Elite Yelpers and guest gathered for an evening of Yelp and Wellness! We learned proper breathing techniques in the beautiful facilities at Capital Chiropractic. We also enjoyed leg massages at Fleet Feet across the street. It was a wonderful opportunity to get in touch with our minds and bodies with the help of two fantastic local businesses all while eating vegan tacos from Tacopocalypse  and enjoying a few beverages that will make us need to run that extra mile tomorrow.  Check out the photos and reviews

 

September 30, 2015

Yelp's Summer Smash at Smashburger

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Yelp Elites smashed burgers and fries into their faces while they tested out Smashburger's tasty menu and enjoyed one another's company.

The new Carmel Smashburger opened early for these Indy Yelp Elites and wowza- they held nothing back. Friendly employees swung open the doors, filled tables with steamy, fried appetizers, and continuously topped everyone's drinks. Food samplings included four different burgers- Classic Smash, Spicy Jalepeno Baja, Truffle Mushroom Swiss, and a Hoosier Burger (Hoosier Daddy Barbecue sauce and cheddar cheese from Munster, IN). Three different sandwiches and several milkshakes were also tasted and sipped while management explained food ingredients and cooking processes. The walls were adorned with Indianapolis-themed artwork, making everyone feel homey as they happily discussed their favorite foods of the night. Check out the "Yelp Summer Smash at Smashburger" event reviews and pictures here!

Yelp Omaha's Nineteenth Hole Hijinks

Posted by Will

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Who needs to go to the pub after a round on the links when you have Beyond Golf, a bar and kitchen serving up gourmet pub grub, suds and spirits between swings on their HD golf machines. Omaha's Yelp Elite Squad found out firsthand why Beyond Golf is such a gem. Not only were local Elites treated to a variety of bites from the menu – from smoked wings to pesto margarita flatbreads to queso pablano dip and more – they enjoyed a couple hours playing challenging games and select holes from courses around world. We're talking swinging real golf clubs to hit real golf balls, all in the comfort of your neighborhood pub. For proof of the good times that were had, check out the reviews and photos.

September 27, 2015

Meet The Elite: Yelp Houston Spotlight On Janine B

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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As the Yelp Houston Community Manager, I often get asked by business owners, newbie Yelpers and other members of the Houston community: "Who are these Elite Yelpers?" Aside from being the most authentic, social and influential members of the Yelp community, Elites certainly set the standard for what Yelp's all about – having a passion for local businesses and sharing that local love and knowledge with others.

Yelp Houston will spotlight members of the H-town Elite Squad in a series of 'Meet The Elite' blog posts!

...Introducing Janine B, Yelp Elite since '12 with a whopping 589 reviews, 804 photos – and counting!

Why did you first start yelping?
Back in 2010 when I first starting dating my now husband, he would take me to all of these interesting and cool, places to eat, drink and play. He never failed to impress me when taking me out. I thought I knew the Houston better than him because I lived here longer. He finally admitted that in preparation for our dates, he did a lot of research on Yelp... He wasn't an active user, just using it to search. I, however, promptly fell in love with him (which is why he is my husband) and Yelp because I love to read and write. I love the community and the sharing and interaction along with photography and social media – so it was a perfect fit for me and I was hooked!

What do you love most about Houston?
I truly love Houston and consider myself an ambassador – just ask all of my friends! There is so much variety in the choices of our dining scene. Over the last several years, there has been tremendous population growth, which has brought such a wealth of cultures and diversity to the city; and the food scene just continues to mirror that. 

Favorite Houston hangout:
This is tough to decide, so I have a tie. These are two 'go-to' spots for me. A nice little place tucked away on Richmond called Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant: awesome wine flights, great food and such a cool atmosphere ...It is great for date nights or hanging with friends. I hosted my birthday party there years ago and people still rave about it! A very close second is Agora, a little coffee house my husband introduced me to during our courtship. It is a great place to relax, people watch and have great conversation.

Favorite local biz photo that I snapped and shared on Yelp: 
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What's your favorite Yelp memory to date?
It would definitely be coming home from vacation to find a message in my Inbox from Farrah (Yelp Houston CM) that a photo I took of the McGovern Centennial Gardens had been selected for the very first Yelp Houston Photo Exhibit! My husband and I really enjoyed the event and discovering the art galleries that hosted the event, along with my excitement about having my photo on display in a real life gallery. It was a fun day!

People who love ___ should follow me on Yelp! 
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Want more? Keep up with Janine B's reviews, photos, lists and tips here.

Don't forget to follow Yelp Houston: facebook | twitter | Instagram.

About the Yelp Elite Squad: The Yelp Elite Squad is our way of recognizing people who are active in the Yelp community – people that are role models both on and off the site. Elite-worthiness is based on a number of things, including well-written reviews, high quality tips, a detailed personal profile, an active voting and complimenting record, and a history of playing well with others. You must use your real name on your account, have a real (and clear!) profile photo, and be of legal drinking age in your country. You can read more, and even nominate yourself at yelp.com/elite

September 23, 2015

Madison Elites Get Hookah-ed On Belly Dancing

Posted by Stacey Lansing

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Madison Elites discovered the hidden gem on top of the hill that is Mediterranean Hookah Lounge and Cafe on September 17th. Elites sampled some staples of Lebanese cuisine including baba ganoush, shawarma, and falafel. The scent of exotic mango and jasmine permeated the room as Yelpers puffed on hookah, and at the end of the night all were treated to Anya Zophia's hypnotic belly dance routine. See what our Elites thought about getting hookah-ed, and check out our Flickr page for photos from the night.

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September 21, 2015

Des Moines Film Society V.I.P Yelp Experience

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On Thursday night, Des Moines Elite Squad members got the V.I.P treatment from the Des Moines Film Society. We witnessed Alloy Orchestra perform their acclaimed original score for the complete, fully restored version of METROPOLIS, Fritz Lang's visionary masterpiece. The Elites were also treated to a pre show concert, and post show food and drinks, all from the beautiful Hoyt Sherman Theater. Read all the reviews of the event here and see all the fabulous photos on the flickr page.

September 20, 2015

Meet The Elite: Yelp Houston Spotlight On Daniel L

Posted by Farrah Akhtar

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As the Yelp Houston Community Manager, I often get asked by business owners, newbie Yelpers and other members of the Houston community: "Who are these Elite Yelpers?" Aside from being the most authentic, social and influential members of the Yelp community, Elites certainly set the standard for what Yelp's all about – having a passion for local businesses and sharing that local love and knowledge with others.

Starting September, Yelp Houston will spotlight members of the H-town Elite Squad in a series of 'Meet The Elite' blog posts!

...Introducing Daniel L, Yelp Elite since '10 with a whopping 1205 reviews, 814 photos – and counting!

Why did you first start yelping?
I was relatively new to Houston in April 2009 and trying to learn my way around all of the different neighborhoods. I lived in Montrose, worked Downtown, and I knew nothing else about town. Yelp was the first actual usable local resource I found where people had strong opinions, strong personalities, and stood firm behind them. I lurked pretty hardcore and was reticent to share at first. But online compliment kindness started pouring in from other local Yelpers when I finally felt comfortable posting reviews; I quickly picked up my first 'Review of the Day' for Crave Cupcakes in Uptown, earned my first Elite badge, attended my first Elite Event at Glitter Karaoke – and the rest is history. Yelp was the "community" I was searching for to make Houston feel smaller and more personal.

What do you love most about Houston?
The hamburger game is on point. Everything from the classic-basics done right to the “people who appreciate food” up-sell ingredients on top. As much as I reference the "Trailer Park Boys," Randy Bobandy would feel at home with these cheeseburgers more here than anywhere else in the world I have lived.

Best kept secret in Houston:
Without a doubt this is Old Fashion Hamburgers, the reincarnation of the Chief Cajun Snack Shack from the Third Ward. Visit them and tell Chief I sent you.

Favorite local biz photo that I snapped and shared on Yelp: 
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What's your favorite Yelp memory to date?
Every Yelp event that Cherry A and I attend together, we exchange name-tags and count the number of yelpers that comment on this situation. Everyone seems to like her version of Daniel L better than mine. But we still remain good friends.

People who love ___ should follow me on Yelp! 
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When you're not Yelping, you are...
Practicing law, serving as a board member of a nonprofit, defending the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, taking my dog to explore the various Houston parks, and eagerly awaiting the release date of "Fallout 4" on November 10, 2015.

Want more? Keep up with Daniel L's reviews, photos, lists and tips at twelvebsix.yelp.com

Don't forget to follow Yelp Houston: facebook | twitter | Instagram.

About the Yelp Elite Squad: The Yelp Elite Squad is our way of recognizing people who are active in the Yelp community – people that are role models both on and off the site. Elite-worthiness is based on a number of things, including well-written reviews, high quality tips, a detailed personal profile, an active voting and complimenting record, and a history of playing well with others. You must use your real name on your account, have a real (and clear!) profile photo, and be of legal drinking age in your country. You can read more, and even nominate yourself at yelp.com/elite