eating indie in indy

One More Restaurant Review Site?

You may or not have noticed the badges at the bottom of each of my posts. Currently it is Zomato and Tabelog. Prior to Zomato it was Urbanspoon. All of these are Restaurant listing sites that allow people to voice their opinion and write reviews. They differ from Yelp in that a Blogger has the opportunity to link their posts to the site.

Urbanspoon was started in Seattle and eventually it spread around the world. Last year it was bought out by Zomato ,an India based venture. Admittedly it was a little rough getting used to it but I thought it was something I could get used to. I do know that part of Zomato’s appeal was their willingness to visit businesses in person to obtain their pertinent information. Gradually they ended the personal trips and started relying on Email. A few weeks ago they laid off all of their US employees. Now all inquiries go to India. Hardly the personal touch.

Tabelog is a smaller version of Zomato. It is headquartered in Japan. It has “1 -11 employees” in NYC. I tried to link up 2 of my older posts to their site with no success. I was informed it would take 1 to 3 days. It has been 8. I also linked my most recent post to Tabelog as well as Zomato.

So I am thinking that any site that wants to list Hoosier restaurants and allow diners to write reviews should have a presence in Indianapolis.

So I am in the very preliminary steps of determining if it is possible for me and my resources to develop a site like the old Urbanspoon. Like Zomato. Like Tabelog.

So I need some comments. Something simple. What would be a good name for it. That’s it. A restaurant site for reviewers and bloggers to write about Indianapolis restaurants. Sourced in Indianapolis and staffed by folks here. Any help would be appreciated.

17 responses

  1. I am so not good with names. But I do suggest one word and heavy on the consonants.

    November 7, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    • Cool. That is what I want suggestions from smart and creative people. Why consonants?

      November 7, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      • Easier to remember. I could get a little more complicated, but think of brand names you know and trust. Lotsa consonants. Hard, heavy, loaded consonants. More memorable, easier to spell.

        November 7, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      • I get it. After I sent the reply I asked myself if I could even think of a brand with vowels. Came up with nothing.

        November 7, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      • I read it somewhere, and I sure believe it.
        Grub? lol I say, I’m not good at naming things.

        November 7, 2015 at 6:32 pm

      • Gobble?

        November 7, 2015 at 6:35 pm

      • Yeah 🙂 Sounds good!

        November 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      • I have a few names in mind but I am going to wait and see what others in the “community” have to say. This could be a lot of fun. Or the biggest headache since I opened my first joint..

        November 8, 2015 at 5:49 am

      • I’m excited for you! 😀

        November 8, 2015 at 10:35 am

      • Good. So far the response has been sparse. I am getting in the weeds on Trademarking checks via the internet and I don’t even know how much money I need to raise yet.

        November 8, 2015 at 10:38 am

  2. Have you spoken with any of the other current Indy restaurant bloggers (I can only think of one more) about possible names or a cooperative effort? Does TripAdvisor allow links like Zomato? Indylicious.

    November 7, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    • No I haven’t talked to any other bloggers. That is a good idea though. As far as other sites that are blogger friendly only Zomato and Tabelog are.Thanks.

      November 7, 2015 at 4:33 pm

  3. Vicki

    What about IndyEats, I like the alliteration sound and it is easy to remember and self explanatory. Thank you for your reviews also, I enjoy reading them.

    November 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    • Why thanks. I like that.

      November 8, 2015 at 3:04 pm

  4. sarah

    Check out the indy food subreddit.

    November 9, 2015 at 1:03 am

    • Will do.

      November 9, 2015 at 6:04 am

    • Well I gave it a quick look over and it isn’t what I had in mind as a substitute for Urbanspoon. The reviews are sparse and there appears to be no room for bloggers Thanks for the suggestion.

      November 9, 2015 at 6:15 am

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