I know there are a lot of real people on here who enjoy food and dining out. My wife and I occasionally travel and often are at the computer before trips searching for restaurants that look interesting to us.
I'm just curious what [real people] are using that they are finding is pretty genuine. As a test I often see what a particular website will say about Toledo. When it tells me the best pizza by me is some fast food national chain I know it's not very accurate. Or when I go to a site and most of the contributors talking about Toledo restaurants are from Poughkeepsie, New York City, LA and other cities but not local people that seems to be another warning sign.
Once we get to a town we tend to ask a few locals but to get a little knowledge beforehand is nice too.
This is a great question. I tend to check Yelp but I am highly skeptical of some of the opinions.
I use the Urban Spoon app when I travel to find local favorites.
I look at yelp to see what's around, but I'll often then ask around, look at menus, and then pick whatever sounds good. Yelp's gotten... noisy.
I use Mad Jack's Shack. The author is a true gourmand, and publishes thoughtfully written, unbiased reviews of select restaurants in the Toledo metropolitan area as well as certain select other areas across the country.
I also look at the Toledo Blade restaurant reviews, but given that the food critic's ideas about ambience, service, and taste are based on a circa 1950s bowling alley, I tend to discount most of his reviews.
I swear by Trip Advisor. I have written quite a few reviews there as well. It's easy to navigate and covers worldwide locations.
Also used it for B & B and restaurant recommendations when I went to Ireland and it was spot on!