My friend Adam and I recently started Urbanspoon and it seemed like a good idea to have a place to talk about the site, the company, and, most importantly, eating. Thus this blog.

The idea behind Urbanspoon is to make a truly simple restaurant search site. Most often when we use the web to get info about a restaurant we want the phone number, the location and the menu. Most of us don’t have time or inclination to maintain a food blog, but we do have opinions and recommendations that we share with our friends. Urbanspoon should help with that.

Apart from the basics, here are a few distinct features:

  1. Restaurant menus – I always have a hard time finding these. So we want to show either a link if the restaurant already has a menu online, or show a scanned menu if they don’t.
  2. Reviews from the critics – we want to offer people a range of opinions in one place. We’re currently looking at sites like the Times, the PI and the Stranger. We also want other people with strong opinions – either on Urbanspoon.com or on their own blogs – to chime in on restaurants, and let the best reviews rise to the top.
  3. Voting – we have a simple up/down voting scheme to measure the popularity of restaurants in town. We wanted something totally transparent, like Rotten Tomatoes but for restaurants.
  4. Personal restaurant lists – people can create and share lists of their favorite restaurants and their own commentary on those restaurants. The idea is that most people don’t take the time to write a whole blog about food, but everyone can share their favorites.

I hope you like it – we can’t wait to hear what you have to say. And to see where people are eating!

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27 Responses to “About”


  1. Intersting concept you have going with Urbanspoon.com, I like it. If you ever decide to take it to the next level or would like to partner up on ideas, let me know. I’ve been putting together my own outline for a restaurant search site similar to Urbanspoon but with a bit more functionality and marketing opps built in.

    RG

  2. carol Says:

    hi this is carol from paper. i recently did a blog post about urban spoon! i think it’s a great idea!!

  3. Vipin Says:

    Hi Guys,Love the name and the About us section. Way cool, I founded UrbanTango.com in Seattle. We should talk some time. vipin@urbantango.com or vipin@mytypes.com

    vs

  4. mirie Says:

    letting you know that this is a great website! it truly helped me out before i left on my very first visit to New York city last week. i happened to come across it while researching restaurants in NYC. the feature that helped me and which i really liked was the listings of restaurants nearby the hotel i was staying at. i just returned from my fabulous trip and was watching a travel report on the news that featured your website. i didn’t know that you’re based here in Seattle! well kudos to you, and THANKS for creating this. i hope it’ll help others as it did for me!

  5. taile77 Says:

    I love the idea of being a food critic because I love eating good food, although I am quite critical about the food that I eat. The only problem I have is that we cannot access the regular website from our mobile devices.


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