I am a programmer and have an idea to create a Paleo Review site where people can review restaurants and how their paleo meals are. It would basically be like Yelp except for being paleo-only. It would take me 40-60 hours to put together, and I just wanted some feedback before I take on the project. Here are a few questions.
Any thoughts, ideas, etc. would be much appreciated. Thank you.
1) I think cynarin is working on something similar already.
2) I think a wiki approach would be a lot cheaper and make more sense. Yelp already has every location in existence, and people just review them. Are you proposing that people add their own locations? In that case, just make it a wiki.
3) Food sources would be a hell of a lot more useful than restaurant reviews, IMO. People spend a lot more time looking for good local food sources than they do worrying about whether their steak was cooked in veg oil or butter.
4) Will you have time to maintain it? Old and out-of-date is annoying and worse than useless.
Yelp is huge. 40-60 hours won't produce anything like Yelp.
Seems like a great project.
Here are some user stories:
As a person on the paleo diet I would like to be able to flag a items on a restaurant menu as being paleo so that other diners know what they can order when they get there.
As a person on the paleo diet who order something on the menu that had unlisted non-paleo ingredients I would like to be able to warn other diners to watch out for this.
As a person on the paleo diet I would like to be able to be able to comment on other folks reviews so that I can give them positive feedback fro sharing with the community.
As a person who is on the paleo diet I would like to be able to identify ingredient sources if possible so that i can share with others where the ingredients for the restaurants dishes come from.
I can PM you more if this was helpful.
As someone with celiac disease, gluten information would be crucial, and since it's generally a paleo no-no, that would be a big deal. Beyond that, I want to know about the quality of their ingredients and amount of processed crap used. I recently traveled and thought Red Lobster might be a good place to meet a friend, but their allergen page shows that soy and wheat are in all but one or two of their products - not even baked potatoes or "plain" steamed crab legs or lobster were safe! In other words, they use a bunch of cheap ingredients and processed crap to mask how cheap it is. We ended up having the most amazing fillet mignon at 21 at The Frederick in Huntington, WV, which was an amazing, inadvertent paleo meal. Rare fillet, parsnip puree, lightly steamed broccoli, and a small salad with fruit and pecans (ok, they were lightly candied) that had a raspberry/balsamic whipped dressing that blew us away! So maybe a way to focus on eating local with progressive chefs is another aspect to include. The chef visited our table after we raved to the waiter about how great everything was, and how easily I was able to make choices that accommodated my diet.
Thanks for the input. I used Yelp to describe it but have no intention to imitate it. I agree that it won't be as big as Yelp nor is there enough people interested in this stuff to be as close to as big.
Looks like her and I are on the same page. I'll shoot her a PM.
I would want more functionality than a wiki. As for data, I can add all of the city, state, zip info pretty easily the big hurdle is getting all the business listings in there. I'm looking for a solution now but likely people or business would need to add there own establishments.
I can add the functionality for people to add food sources. Farmers markets, CSA's, ect... The reason why I would focus on restaurants is because Local Harvest already has a nice setup.
It would be a community driven project much like a wiki which means maintenance is minimal and content from users is the premium.
This would be amazing. I try to cook all of my meals, but on weekends, I usually end up eating out a lot. If I knew where I could go and get good, Paleo (or even Primal) food, then I would be one happy camper.
Given the feedback i'll move forward with the project. I'd like it to get to a point where when someone is figuring out where to eat consults the website to get ideas.
I should have a beta up within a few weeks. Please keep posting ideas on what you would like included.
OK I have the Beta site up. You can check it out at : www.paleofinder.com
A couple of things.
Its still very early Beta so some things might not work. For instance, I haven't added all the US cities so business can't be added yet. I expect to have that done in a day or so.
Please take a moment to sign up for the site and the facebook fan page
Any suggestions you can fill out the contact form: http://www.paleofinder.com/contact/
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