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October 30, 2012

Yelp Menus: Connecting People with Great Local Food Porn

It always happens the same way: you were innocently skimming the web and then BAM, it’s 4 a.m. and you have to work in the morning but you just want to see a few more pics. I’m right there with you. Hello, my name is Travis, and I’m a food porn addict.

I hate to break it to you, but your little problem is about to get much more serious thanks to the brand new mouthwatering Menus feature Yelp is rolling out today. We’ve combed the site to compile visual menus incorporating Yelp reviews and user-uploaded food pictures. Now you can not only read about that decadent chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake swimming in a pool of hot fudge, you can see real users’ photos of said gut-busting dessert from every angle right alongside the menu item.


Tartine Yelp Menu


From the business page on the website, the mobile site or your Yelp App, look for the “Explore the Menu” link to see the dedicated menu page. Specifics on menu items, like description and price, will match up with Yelp's user generated photos and reviews mentioning that particular dish. Feeling indecisive? Pick something with the “popular” tag - items Yelpers can’t stop talking about - and you’re guaranteed a good meal. 


Menus will start rolling out today on business pages across the US. With all that menu action in the palm of your hand, we understand it may be tough to resist trying those bacon-wrapped tater tots that 67 people have mentioned in reviews. They do look delicious from every possible angle.

Tartine Yelp Menu
Access Yelp Menus on yelp.com, m.yelp.com and the Yelp mobile app.

 

Tartine Yelp Menu Tartine Yelp Menu

To get you started on your next culinary adventure here’s a few fan favorites:

Yelpers love the Baby Back Rib Tickler at Phil’s BBQ in San Diego - a steal at just $6.95. On the sweeter side, The Stinking Rose combats fresh breath all over Beverly Hills with Gilroy’s Famous Garlic Ice Cream, an ironic salty-sweet treat that’s stirred up plenty of talk in Yelp reviews. As for deep-fried potato sticks, Shake Shack in New York takes the cake with over 1,500 reviews exclaiming the perfection of their fries, both the naked and covered in cheese varieties.

Your turn! What morsel of culinary creation has your stomach growling for more? Don’t hold out on your fellow Yelpers -- make note of what menu items you tried in your next restaurant review, and upload your own foodie shots with a caption so we know what to order. The more content Yelpers contribute, the better this menus feature will be.

With menus rolling out on the Yelp website, mobile site and mobile app all at once (the first time ever in Yelp product launch history!), the power to plan your meal before stepping foot into a restaurant or order take out with the confidence of a seasoned regular is greater than ever before. If you gain a few pounds, don’t say we didn’t warn you.