A WebmasterWorld thread reports that Google may be scaling down the use of the local 7 pack of Google Maps results for some very local specific queries.
One full member at WebmasterWorld said:
Up until a day or two ago, many queries we track that would normally spawn the Google Places 7-pack, have changed. Logged in or logged out of Google services, the local Google Places 7-pack is harder to make come up.
cityname pizza - cityname plumber - cityname locksmith - cityname product, etc.
It seems like Google has turned back a few dials on the queries, to lessen the chance Google Places would automatically spawn.
Personally, I still see the 7-pack for most local queries, here is an example:
It wouldn't surprise me to see Google scale this back with all the anti-trust stuff going on now.
Do you see Google downscaling the local pack in your search results.
Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.