@hyperbowler created a wonderful Regional Chinese roundup for the Bay Area. I was toying with the Yelp API the other day and downloaded the listings for restaurants serving cuisines from the Indian subcontinent (Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Nepali) in the Bay Area as well as basic information about each restaurant available from Yelp. Originally I was thinking about potentially doing a mapping/ classification of the restaurants by Indian states/ countries similar to the provincial classification that Hyperbowler did for the Chinese restaurants, with the goal of understanding better the regional specialties served by each restaurant and making it easier to find such specialties. But probably less ambitious and involved than the Chinese guide while still offer a certain degree of value from the effort.
The mapping part is quick once I figured my way through the API. But the classification part proved to be somewhat challenging as many Indian restaurants serve cuisines from multiple/ all states of India and don’t necessarily have a clear regional focus. Only in cities where there is a large population of Indian expats (e.g. Sunnyvale) do we get more precise focus, e.g. Gujarati, Tamil Nadu, etc.
Feedback requested from the group- what do you think about the challenges? And in general, what do you think is useful for you/ others in a project like this? I am trying to figure out use cases before deciding whether to invest time into this. Especially welcome is feedback from nationals from these countries.