Websites like Yelp! have empowered the everyday eater to become their local neighborhood's New York Times food critic, praising and damning behind the anonymity of a computer screen.
Some peeved restaurateurs have argued Yelp! is little more than a "forum for the uninformed," a digitally-savvy clan of unsophisticated palates with little-to-no culinary education.
True or not, the reviews listed on the website unquestionably impact popular perception. Will you dine at a place one newspaper critic gave a dazzling review to if the same restaurant was scorned by the unwashed masses? Maybe. Maybe not.
So how does the average joe review the many restaurants in Montclair?
Based on Yelp!'s number of reviews, we countdown from #5 down to #1 the most reviewed restaurants in Montclair.
5. Ah'Pizz, 4 Stars, 114 Reviews
"This place is amazing," said Toni D of Montclair. "Make sure you have reservations on the weekend. I am a pizza purist and always order the margarita pie. For dessert don't forget to ask about the Nutella pizza. You will not be the same after eating it."
4. Toast, 3.5 Stars, 132 Reviews
"All this review really needs is 3 words: RED. VELVET. PANCAKES." said mackenzie a. of Verona.
3: Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant, 4 Stars, 183 Reviews
"Love this place!," said Lisa C. of Montclair. "The food is fantastic, I could eat it everyday. My husband and I share the vegetarian meal and there is not a scrap left when we are done. The owner is wonderful as well, she remembers you and always makes you feel welcome. A loyal customer in us!"
2: Raymond's, 4 Stars, 240 Reviews
"Raymond's holds a special place in my heart as I have had so many memorable meals here with some of the most important people of my life," said Amos D. of Montclair.
" ...For me, Raymonds embodies what it is to be a Montclairion. Great atmosphere, inside/outside eating in the summer, long lines :( and quality food and preparation."
1. Cuban Pete's, 4 Stars, 364 Reviews
"Great atmosphere," said Chris C. of Lyndhurst. "Amazing food. The appetizers are amazing. Chorizo is phenomenal and they give so much. BYOB is a good thing. Usually crowded, but tons of fun."
What do you think of the Yelp! top 5 list?