Yelp hates my review of El Mansour

I got this email today from Rachele at Yelp HQ:

Hi Todd,

We're writing to let you know about our decision to remove your review of El Mansour. Your review was flagged by the Yelp community, and our Support team has determined that it falls outside our Review Guidelines ( because it contains inappropriate content. Your friends probably know when you're being funny, but the millions of people who read reviews on Yelp may not.

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San Francisco, California

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Removed Review:

Okay, let's face it. We all want these places to be fun and kitschy and over the top. But, when you're paying $60+ for your meal and some wine, you expect something decent in the food department.

Nothing was terrible--in fact, the lamb kabob part of my dinner was tasty (all three pieces of it)--but if you're not going to serve pita then give us utensils. The Safeway bread chunks don't cut it. Eating couscous with my fingers reinforced my faith in Western Civilization. The appetizers and salad were sub-par. I liked the lentil soup, but my entree (lamb and bruchette kabob) was really difficult to eat as served.

I liked the entertainment (aka belly dancer), but the 30 minute wait for our 8pm reservation was a bit much.

Bottom line: I'd strap a bomb to my chest and shout "Allahu Akbar!" before I went back here. But, if you're looking for overpriced kitsch and mediocre food in San Francisco, then El Man Sour might be the place for you.

I guess they didn't like the "suicide bomber chic" style of my final paragraph. Alas. I'm still never going back.


Dixie said…
I think you are probably right that it was the last paragraph. I think you are lucky that you don't have homeland security at your door.
toddx said…
No one gets my terrorism humor anymore.

[knock knock]
Anonymous said…
You're so crazy!
Paul Blanchard said…
I'm not your friend, (nothing personal...) and I was terrified by what I mistook for a serious review. I now can't eat out. I hope you think about the serious consequences jokes can have in future... Or something.
toddx said…
Paul, you're right, but you definitely shouldn't read my review of Wal-Mart. It will blow your mind.

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