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Michael's Pizzeria in Long Beach, CA and the Problem With Lists

Slice Lance Roberts 21 comments

Zagat recently named Michael's Pizzeria in Long Beach one of the highest-rated pizzeria in the country. We went to see how it stacked up and ended up wondering: Is this new rash of best-of lists hurting or helping the promotion of truly great pizza? More

Zagat's "50 States, 50 Burgers" Highlights a Featured Burger for Each State

A Hamburger Today Erin Jackson 12 comments

Zagat editors recently released a round-up of burgers, highlighting one for each state. Did they get your state right? Let us know in the comments. More

Video: Zagat Rounds Up Regional Pizza Styles

Slice Kate Andersen 1 comment

In an energetic, nicely produced 60-second video (and accompanying slideshow), Zagat, that touchstone of food culture, makes a whirlwind tour of the melting pot of pizza styles all over the U.S. More

Zagat's List of America's Best Burgers in 25 Cities

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 30 comments

This week Zagat released their list of America's best burgers in 25 cities. In case you don't feel like clicking through their slideshow, here are all their picks. More

Recap of Burger Week at Zagat

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee Post a comment

Last week, Zagat celebrated Burger Week with over 60 burger-related posts, covering must-try burgers in major cities, food celebrities' favorite burgers, top moments in presidential burger history, and more. More

Zagat Picks Chicago's Top 10 Restaurants

Chicago Nick Kindelsperger 2 comments

Zagat just weighed in with its annual list of the top 10 restaurants in Chicago, which was voted on by an impressive 6,211 area diners. So what came in first? More

Burger Winners in Zagat's 2011 Fast Food Poll

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 11 comments

Today Zagat released the results for their 2011 Fast Food Survey (mildly different from last year's results) compiled from over 6,000 responses. Five Guys got first place for best large fast food chain, while McDonald's came in second for best mega fast food chain behind Subway. Here are some of the burger-related categories More

Burger Winners in Zagat's 2010 Fast Food Poll

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 14 comments

Today Zagat released the results for their 2010 Fast Food Survey compiled from over 6,500 responses. Here are some of the burger-related categories: Best Fast Food Burger 1. Five Guys 2. In-N-Out Burger 3. Wendy's 4. Burger King 5. McDonald's... More

Bill Clinton Helps Launch the First Zagat Guide to Harlem

New York Erin Zimmer 11 comments

"The Zagats hope to print more guidebooks in emerging neighborhoods such as Oakland, Chicago, and Newark." Though Zagat guides haven't been doing so hot in this era of blogging, yelping, and everyman reviewing, you can count on Bill Clinton to... More

New Yorkers Cooking at Home More, Says Zagat Survey

New York Erin Zimmer Post a comment

Zagat released an expanded (and renamed) New York City Food Lover’s Guide this week. As the New York Daily News reports, the pocket-sized helper includes a bigger "Best Buys" section devoted to food shopping since 60-percent of those surveyed said... More

Zagat iPhone App Reviewd Zagat-Style

Adam Kuban 2 comments

"The 'prematurely released' Zagat iPhone application comes off as 'cumbersome' and 'not intuitive.' The 'content itself is strong' but 'the UI needs polish.'" [Eat Me Daily]... More

The Ten Best Burgers in America According to Men's Fitness—I Mean Zagat

A Hamburger Today Ed Levine 13 comments

No, not really. Men's Fitness has just published its list of the ten best burgers in the country. Only it's not their list—it's a Zagat-driven list. So the sub-head of the piece is totally misleading: "We searched high and... More

Zagat 2009 San Francisco Guide Now Out

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"The French Laundry in Yountville and Cyrus in Healdsburg tied for the top food rating in the entire region (Bay Area, Monterey and Lake Tahoe), with 29 out of 30 possible points." [San Francisco Chronicle]... More

Zagat vs. Yelp: A Restaurant Review 2.0 Showdown?

Ed Levine 11 comments

Randall Stross compared Yelp and Zagat in the New York Times on Sunday. While he correctly noted that Yelp now covers more restaurants than Zagat, and uses this as a launching pad to compare and contrast the two companies, he leaves out the most relevant points. Most notably, he completely whiffs on recent business goings-on in the world of user-generated restaurant reviews. My first question is what do serious eaters think about both Zagat and Yelp? And while you ponder that, here's what Stross should have pointed out in his comparison.... More

Nice and Easy to Read

Raphael Post a comment

Tim Zagat suggests that his technique of concise summaries are more accurate and informative than user-generated reviews: "We try to make it nice and easy to read—in as few lines as possible.” Online companies “are running into the problem that anybody can throw up things on the wall, and after a while there are just too many people doing it.” In an article ironically titled "Online Reviews of Hotels and Restaurants Flourish".... More

Zagat Survey Up for Sale

Adam Kuban 2 comments

Zagat Survey, the company behind the original crowdsourced restaurant guide is seeking a buyer. According to the New York Times, the company, which was founded in 1979 by Tim and Nina Zagat and has since expanded its coverage to nightlife, hotel guides, and attractions, could be valued at $200 million. What started as a two-page typed list of the Zagats' and their friends' recommendations soon became best known for its tall, slim, burgundy guidebooks that rely on the information of thousands of diners to put together quotation mark–laden blurbs. But it's the company's online presence that could prove most interesting for potential buyers:... More

Michelin, Yelp, Zagat: Who Can We Believe?

New York Ed Levine 17 comments

The Wall Street Journal runs an article questioning the validity of online restaurant reviews by writers who are comped their meals. Two days later, Michelin releases its 2008 New York restaurant guide. These two events provide a perfect opportunity to discuss the relative merits of reviews and judgments rendered every which way, from on high (Michelin and the New York Times) to online (Yelp, Zagat, and food blogs). More

Stating the Obvious: The Zagat Survey Can Be Rigged

Ed Levine Post a comment

Steve Cuozzo writes very smartly in the New York Post about some of the inherent problems of Zagat Survey polling techniques and results. You don't have to be a statistician to understand that restaurateurs imploring their friends and customers to fill out Zagat Surveys make the results suspect at the very least. And no matter what safeguards Zagat Survey folks build into their methodology, they cannot prevent ballot-stuffing if it's done carefully. Think about this the next time you go to a highly rated Zagat Survey restaurant and have an awful meal. At least when Frank Bruni in NY or Sherry (Irene S.) Virbila in LA or Robb Walsh in Houston review a restaurant, you know where they are coming... More

Do Men Get Better Service At Restaurants?

Lia Bulaong Post a comment

Do men get better service than women at restaurants? asks Cynthia Kilian of the New York Post. Tim Zagat of the eponymous guidebooks says yes: "Women arriving together very often get shown to less-desirable seats. Men always seem to be offered the bill, regardless of who's paying, even the female boss. And when it comes to tasting wine, "very often they'll give it to almost every man at the table before they get around to [the woman] ordering the wine," Zagat says." Is the poor service because women tend to tip less than men do? Or do women tip less because they don't get treated as well? All I know is, shoddy service means I'll never go back—and I'll tell... More

Eating Out, Zagat-Style

Lia Bulaong Post a comment

Slate's Bryan Curtis had dinner with Tim and Nina Zagat, publishers of the Zagat Survey of New York restaurants to see what life is like for them. Yes, they eat pretty much all their meals out (even at their country estate), and yes, every place they go they get star treatment, recognized by maître d's and feted by owners: "The city's major food critics—Frank Bruni at the Times, say, or Adam Platt at New York—are treated like minor royalty upon entering a restaurant. But then they must actually review the restaurant, which can prompt bad feelings and make their re-entry a few months later a rather cold and uncomfortable occasion. The Zagats assign the reviewing to an army of readers... More

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