Green chili, green chile, marg, sesame chicken, breakfast burrito, bottomless mimosa — these are the words and phrases that most define Denver diners, according to a Yelp analysis released today.
The public review website, which has over the years been criticized in the restaurant industry for predatory business practices, is nevertheless celebrating its 15th anniversary and taking a look back at as many years of trends documented across the site’s near 200 million reviews.
To do this, Yelp took the language used in reviews published across 30 cities and compared that to the “Yelp vernacular nationwide.” (Yes, it’s 2019 and there exists a nationwide Yelp vernacular.)
Regarding Denver, the common words and phrases read like a collective grunting of popular local dishes, various forms of drinking and any way to get outside.
We gathered what appear to be food-and-drink-related terms from the top 100 on Denver’s most-used list and grouped them in a way that might make some sense in our corner of the world. Enjoy.
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Taster, brewery, breweries, great beer, grab beer, keg, bud — Clearly, Yelp users in Denver like their beer. Less clear, however, is whether that last phrase is a comment on Budweiser, drinking buddies or Denver’s myriad marijuana dispensaries.
Brat, bison, cheese curd, garlic knot — A very specific sampling of meat, cheese and bread here. Almost a complete meal.
Fast casual, Red Robin, Sonic — No denying that Denver is a haven for fast-casual brands. Red Robin is based here, while Sonic is headquartered in Oklahoma, but perhaps Denver diners have an affinity for Sonic’s particular brand of drive-in fast-food.
Sat patio, sit patio, nice patio, patio great — A poetic progression of patio phrases in this sequence. Reads a little like Dr. Seuss if he shared Denver’s enthusiasm for al fresco dining.
Best pho, pho restaurant, drunken noodle, eggroll, egg drop — Here, the most commonly used terms in Denver for Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese fare.
Whiskey, Moscow mule — The non-beer drinking terms we favor, apparently. See also: marg and bottomless mimosa above.
Chile relleno, huevos rancheros — Delicious and spelled right. All in all, a nice, compact set.
Neighborhood bar, downtown location, take dog, neighborhood spot –– Some locale-specific terms and a nod to Denver’s affinity for dog-friendly businesses.
Chai, coffee bar, free coffee — A progression of understandably favored hot-drink terms, which lead us to …
Free option, cheap drink — The inevitable low-cost words. Everybody likes free things.
Locally owned, incredible service, ordered delivery, NY style –– That last one being the Denver head-scratcher. Is it because we like pizza and steak, or are we looking more and more like the East Coast city?
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