In honor of Yelp 15, we dug into the most “amazing” categories in the Midwest according to Yelp. With over 40 million words of love and gratitude shared on Yelp since 2004, these categories show the diversity of Yelp across the states of Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin and Nebraska. We worked with Yelp Community Managers and Ambassadors in each market to highlight businesses showcasing what’s amazing in their city.
Methodology: To determine which categories made the list, we looked at the reviews received by categories that mentioned the relevant keywords. We checked total word count per each phrase per category against total word count written for each category, and down-weighted the phrase count to ensure true sentiment.
“Let me tell you, Pannenkokens are amazing. Although it was quite a wait, as the cafe is really small and only fits maybe 15-20 people at a time, it is a gem. The inside is decorated wonderfully, very European style. The food is even better.”
“Considering my near obsession with the perfect cupcake, I was pleased to find VSB (true fans will use the acronym). Amazing assortment of yummy cupcakes! Whenever I mention this place everyone knows of them already.”
“I had the chicken koobideh kabobs that were amazing, the hubby had the kabuli pulao… It was nothing like I’ve ever had. The meat was so tender, it just melts in your mouth. P.S. All the meat is halal!”
“Literally walked into a meat and cheese heaven! I cannot believe it took me so long to come here! The toasties (their grilled cheese) choices, sandwiches and of course the meat and cheese board selections were amazing.”
“This place is amazing… Perfect for taking someone out on a first date. You can have a sophisticated drink and a cheese platter while getting to know each other without the strange feeling of actually having to eat a full meal in front of your date.”
“I love these [smoked wings] in their rum chili bbq sauce, there is so much incredible flavor between the smoke and the sauce. Another really amazing item is their burger, it’s absolutely amazing! Beer garden is dog friendly too, so fun!’
“Without a doubt one of my top favorite places in KC… Then the food: flavor, temperature, presentation every time and in every dish. Of course, the drinks and wine selection. Do not think twice, this is the place.”
“Is this place considered a hole in the wall? Because it’s amazing. Restaurant is a bit small, but my goodness, the food packed a punch. We tried the meat combo, and requested chef’s choice on the two veggie sides.”
“When Brandie was finished and I looked in the mirror, I was stunned. She made me look like the most beautiful version of me I could ever imagine. I got so many compliments on how great I looked and I felt so amazing!”