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mochamike

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How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Wed, 07/11/12 2:10 PM (permalink)
Hey All!
I just joined, and this is my first post :)
 
My list of favorite restaurants is always growing, but I haven't found a great way to keep track of all of them.  My paper lists are inconvenient (and more often then not, I lose them), so I'm looking for an easy and reliable online/mobile tool.  I've checked out a few, but haven't found one I really like :/
 
Do you have any suggestions? I'd love to hear how you all are managing it, thanks! 
 
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    Birdhunter

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    • Location: La Crosse, WI
    Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Wed, 07/11/12 4:57 PM (permalink)
    I keep a book and have 6 or 8 pages seperating each state.
    I watch a lot of food channel's.
    Then when I travel I plan my routes to a few of these eating places.
    Works great.
    <message edited by Birdhunter on Wed, 07/11/12 4:59 PM>
     
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      ann peeples

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      • Location: West Allis, Wisconsin
      Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Wed, 07/11/12 5:01 PM (permalink)
      In my head........LOL!
       
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        Foodbme

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        Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Wed, 07/11/12 5:56 PM (permalink)
        I create files using my computer in "Documents". I have a file with sub headings for Recipes and one for Restaurants.
        For restaurants, each state has a file and then sub files by food type- Breakfast, Mexican, Chinese etc. You can break it down even further - State, City, food type.
        I also keep restaurant web sites in my "Favorites" by city.
         
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          Foodbme

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          Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Wed, 07/11/12 5:58 PM (permalink)
          ann peeples

          In my head........LOL!

          Must be a very short list!!!
           
          #5
            buffetbuster

            Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Wed, 07/11/12 6:02 PM (permalink)
            Some of us keep track in this thread.
             
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              joerogo

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              • Location: Pittston, PA
              Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Wed, 07/11/12 6:12 PM (permalink)
              The BadMan turned me on to Google Maps.  Create a map and keep adding your restaurants.  
               
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                Foodbme

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                Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Wed, 07/11/12 6:27 PM (permalink)
                buffetbuster

                Some of us keep track in this thread.

                I'm Confused----(Again)
                How does one go about finding Buffetbusters list on that thread without going thru 8 pages of posts?
                <message edited by Foodbme on Wed, 07/11/12 6:31 PM>
                 
                #8
                  buffetbuster

                  Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Thu, 07/12/12 8:41 AM (permalink)
                  Foodbme-
                  I wasn't necessarily linking to my list, but it is on page 3 of that thread if you wanted to see it.  A few of us also mark our favorites, which ones we didn't care for, ones that are closed, etc.
                   
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                    ScreamingChicken

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                    • Joined: 11/5/2004
                    • Location: Stoughton, WI
                    Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Thu, 07/12/12 8:47 AM (permalink)
                    You can search each page individually (Alt-E or Edit > Find on this page) for his name.  You still have to hit each page but at least you don't have to check every post.  He's about 1/4 of the way down page 3, BTW. 
                     
                    #10
                      kaszeta

                      Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Thu, 07/12/12 9:51 AM (permalink)
                      Places I've been I track on my website (offbeateats.org)
                      Places I want to try, I track via Google Maps (I keep a "Hit List" map)
                       
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                        mochamike

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                        Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Fri, 07/20/12 2:28 PM (permalink)
                        Hey Everyone,
                        Thanks for responding; at the suggestion of a few friends I'm going to use urbantag (urbantag.com)  at least for a while to keep track of favorite restaurants.  I really like how visual their site/app is, but it's pretty new so we'll see how it goes.
                         
                        Thanks again! 
                         
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                          bartl

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                          Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Thu, 07/26/12 10:13 PM (permalink)
                          In order:
                           
                          A) I take menus and/or cards from each restaurant you visit or plan to visit. Put them in a folder (stapling cards to menus).
                           
                          B) I look at Yelp.
                           
                          C) I look here. The easiest way to find a restaurant review here is to go to Google, and type out the city name, the word "restaurant" (without quotes) and (also without quotes), "site:roadfood.com". This helped me a BUNCH on an unplanned drive from Cape Canaveral to northern New Jersey.
                           
                          Bart
                           
                           
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                            stricken_detective

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                            Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Fri, 07/27/12 1:50 AM (permalink)
                            Send yourself a text message. You can include the address & phone number from the back of the menu & what you ate there that was awesome.
                             
                            When you receive the text, lock it so it doesn't get deleted.
                             
                             
                            (but mostly they are in my head)

                             
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                              Cosmos

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                              • Location: Syracuse, NY
                              Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Tue, 08/7/12 9:41 PM (permalink)
                              I post on UrbanSpoon so I have a defacto list...but I never really had a need to keep track of them..
                               
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                                ken8038

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                                Re:How do you keep track of your favorite restaurants? Wed, 08/8/12 7:45 AM (permalink)
                                Back in the early 90's when I first learned to use a spreadsheet for work I started making a list of places (including restaurants) in New Jersey that I wanted to go to. At the time it was primarily intended to keep track of places to take my kids. Over the years it's evolved into mostly a restaurant list (the kids are grown now) with over 1200 places, about 800 of which are restaurants. I've been to about 80% of the places, the others are on my perpetual "to do" list. I'm still adding to it, and also making a note when I hear of a place closing, and occasionally dropping a place when I see bad reviews.
                                 
                                Over the years I also expanded it with tabs for PA, Philadelphia, NY City, Upstate NY, Long Island, and CT. In other words, anywhere I'm likely to make a day or overnight trip.
                                 
                                So, I'm always set. It's been my go-to guide for about 20 years, I refer to it almost daily.
                                 
                                 
                                 
                                 
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