What if you could ask social media sites such as Twitter, Foursquare, Facebook and TripAdvisor what Tex-Mex restaurant they'd recommend as the best in Houston? All at once? Without having to mess with that whole following-people-and-enduring-their-boring-status-updates part?
Triposo is here for you.
Triposo is a travel adviser Web site created by some ex-Google smart guys who also happen to have developed a ton -- 85 at last count -- of cool travel guide apps as well as individual travel apps for a slew of different international destinations from Tokyo to Turkey.
As part of its travel guides, Triposo combs social media in each city to determine the best spots for sightseeing, shacking up, getting cultured and -- of course -- eating and drinking. It lists those bars and restaurants in order of most popular -- i.e., mentioned most frequently and most positively according to social media chatter -- which you can then sort by cuisine and distance.
Triposo offered to compile some of that data for the Houston Press into interesting listicles of four favorite local cuisines: burgers, ribs, Tex-Mex and steaks. What do Houston Facebook and Foursquare users think are the best places to get each?
The only truly surprising part of the data sets that followed was this e-mailed apology from Triposo's amused PR team:
"For some reason, Triposo wasn't able to data on burgers," she wrote, further venturing that it was likely due to the overwhelming popularity of burgers in the Bayou City. (I knew you liked burgers, y'all, but not enough to break a finely tuned piece of software.)
The fairly standard results of the other three categories are listed below:
Goode Company Barbeque Luling City Market Da Marco Mark's American Cuisine P.F. Chang's China Bistro Gigi's Asian Bistro & Dumpling Bar Zelko Bistro Junction Bar & Grill
El Real Tex-Mex Cafe Chuy's Andy's El Tiempo Market Goode Company Barbeque La Mexicana Restaurant La Tapatía Spanish Flowers
Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar The Capital Grille Chama Gaúcha Brazilian Steakhouse Sullivan's Steakhouse Smith & Wollensky Angus Grill Brazilian Steakhouse The Grove Brennan's of Houston Mark's American Cuisine Willie G's Post Oak Ouisie's Table
Agree or disagree with the "best of" categories all you want, but in the end, you have only yourselves to thank (or blame).