Yelp For Food Help

We were a little behind schedule so by the time we finished checking in to Las Vegas, it was already past midnight. Our food options were limited and we ended up going to an all night cafe at a neighboring hotel. We nourished our bodies, but the food was so so and it was very overpriced.

Chinese, Strike Two

The next day, we journeyed to Chinatown. It is more like a few blocks than a town. We tried one of the restaurants before. It was decent, but this time we wanted to be adventurous and try the one next to it. Big mistake. It served some of the worst Chinese food ever. They made Panda Express look like a five star gourmet restaurant. That’s when I wised up and turned to Yelp for food help.

Thai 1000

That night for dinner, I tracked down a Thai restaurant, Lotus of Siam, that had over 1000 reviews. The exterior didn’t look like much, but the interior was deep and crawling with people. The walls were plastered with pictures of happy customers and tons of awards and articles. The food was pretty good, but tasted a little different from the Thai food in LA. The waitress said that this particular night was slow as busier nights there is usual a one hour wait.

Chinese, Take Two

The following lunch I used Yelp to track down a Chinese restaurant, Orchids Garden Seafood Restaurant, that served dim sum. They had over 300 reviews. The food was a little pricier than LA and a little lukewarm, but it was decent and way better than that nightmare of a Chinese restaurant we had the day before. They proudly displayed a Best in Las Vegas banner, too.

Final Thoughts

Lately I’ve been using Yelp to discover new restaurants in LA. In a less than familiar place like Las Vegas, I should have used Yelp from the get go. Looking back, that bad Chinese restaurant looked like a ghost town as there were only two other customers. Now we know why. If you don’t have internet access, gauging the number of customers can be a good way to determine if the restaurant is good or not.

Stay Inspired!
Buck

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9 Responses

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    I don’t use Yelp that often and have only left a few reviews there. I keep meaning to but tend to forget. I probably wouldn’t use it in a place like Las Vegas since I’ve never had any problem finding a place to eat close to where I was and it’s almost always been decent. I will admit though the only time I’ve eaten Asian food in Vegas was at a Panda Express in a casino food court.

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