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Anthony Bourdain Dragged Yelp, And He Held Nothing Back

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Sometimes, Yelp is helpful in finding you the perfect meal; other times, you finish your research and end up just as clueless as when you started — and slightly hungrier.

if i could take back all the time i've waisted perusing through yelp trying to figure out what to eat

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It's Elite Yelpers, whose negative reviews Bourdain thinks might be unfairly skewing your image of a restaurant — and hurting the business.

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According to Yelp's site, "Without these trusted voices, Yelp wouldn’t be what it is today." Indeed, Elite Yelpers are tasked with producing a large amount of the site's reviews, which are then adorned with an exclusive Elite badge, lending them a higher degree of legitimacy.

"They're bad for chefs, they're bad for restaurants," he says.

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"You know, you open a restaurant, you struggle for a year to put together the money, you work your heart out, and then 10 minutes after opening, some miserable b------ is tweeting or Yelping, 'Worst. Dinner. Ever,'" says Bourdain. "It’s like, dude. That ain’t right. Nah, no sympathy there."

Bourdain does, however, stan for Instagram — which he believes is a more democratic way of dispersing opinions on food.

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Besides being a beautiful platform for looking at and socializing around food, Instagram, unlike Yelp, doesn't filter its posts. "I'm perfectly happy with Instagram and Twitter as a fully democratic bathroom wall that anyone can write on," says Bourdain. And according to Bourdain, this makes it a better, fairer platform for restaurant discovery.

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Obviously, Yelp had thoughts on the matter as well: "Most reviews on Yelp are not negative. Yelp provides a two-way platform for consumers to discover restaurants and share experiences while chefs/restaurant owners can respond to their customers and use the platform to be more successful."

You can watch the entire interview with Anthony Bourdain at Business Insider.

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