Being a foodie is a lifestyle that requires great effort, and brings even greater joy. Whether you have an appetite for takeout, home delivery, a work-of-art meal at a high-end restaurant or a home-cooked delicacy, knowing foodies, you’ll pay meticulous attention to all details on your quest of finding the ideal spot or recipe. To make things easier on you, we’ve collected 7 apps that are perfect companions on all walks of the foodie life.
Tripadvisor, the granddaddy of venue review apps, needs no introduction. It offers millions of traveler reviews, photos, and maps from even the most remote nooks of the Earth, turning the hassle of oh-my-God-where-should-we-eat into smooth sailing. Tripadvisor annually awards its best-rated venues with its own seal of approval, the Certificate of Excellence, and since numbers rarely lie, the restaurants, bars, and cafés boasting the C of E are usually worthy of their reputation. Still, food is a different strokes for different folks kind of issue, so educating yourself from multiple sources is highly advised.
The results are in! Recent research conducted by Phocuswright, on behalf of TripAdvisor, continues to demonstrate the importance of reviews and the key role they play in a traveler’s decision-making process
Seamless is a popular food delivery app available in 9 major US cities. This completely free-of-charge app boasts a restaurant selection unlike any other, and menus are always up-to-date. The information at your disposal include ratings and estimated delivery time, and you can track the status of your order in real time. Narrow down your search using a plethora of filters such as cuisine type and price range, and with only a few taps, the delicacy you’re craving will be on its way to your doorstep. To put the icing on the cake, Seamless offers you the option to place takeout orders, though laziness is bliss, so we’re almost one hundred percent sure you’ll opt for the Path of the Sloth and prefer home delivery.
Yelp is one of the most popular review-based app with over 100 million reviews on a variety of businesses worldwide. Filter your search results by neighborhood, distance, rating, price, and what’s currently open, and don’t forget to check out all the photos and reviews! If the writer’s itch finds you following a fabulous meal, contribute to Yelp’s ever-growing community by leaving a review for your fellow foodies. What differentiates Yelp from similar apps is the sheer volume of its active users, which makes it a reliable source of information when looking for a place to eat, though some might find navigating on the raging sea of unfiltered reviews way too chaotic and time-consuming.
If a meal goes by without someone Instagraming it, does that meal forever vanish from the fabric of spacetime as if it never existed? We’re not quite sure about the answer, but what we do know is that Foodie is the sweetest food photo app out there. Foodie serves up 26 filters customized for snapping delicious shots, built-in photo editing features, a shot angle-based blurring effect, and a smart guide feature assisting you in taking stylish above-the-food photos.
If you’re in need of some serious motivation to put on that apron and start refining your cooking game, you’ve just found it! In today’s faster-than-the-Millennium-Falcon-shredding-through-hyperspace-world, cooking something noteworthy – meaning not a bowl of pasta with premade sauce splattered on it – on a daily basis is a luxury few can afford. Nevertheless, cooking is a great leisure time activity and a skill worth mastering for many reasons, and finding an hour here and there is not beyond the realm of possibility. Fork It turns cooking into a game by giving you badges as you check in to new dishes, ingredients, and cuisines on your way to becoming a top chef. You can also earn rewards for cooking streaks and collect bonus points for reaching various milestones, set personal weekly challenges, discover new recipes, and challenge your friends to tasty cooking competitions to find out who the real boss is in the kitchen.
What makes Zagat stand out from the crowd of review-based apps is the unique grading system it employs. Zagat’s editors do all the hard work for you and sift through a multitude of opinions which they then distill into concise, carefully crafted reviews and grade each venue on a five-point scale based on three crucial factors: food, décor, and service. Besides the usual features to help you narrow down your searches – such as cuisine, price, rating, or proximity – , Zagat also lets you tap into its interactive neighborhood maps and recommends places based on your location and the time of day.
For over 35 years, Zagat’s mission has been to guide you to amazing meals. With our new app, you can always find the tastiest places nearby. No matter where you are, or what time of day it is, you’re always one tap away from an amazing meal.
As the global leader in restaurant reservations, OpenTable has an undeniably impressive resume: it has seated over 700 million people in more than 32,000 restaurants worldwide. OpenTable’s essence is a prime example of brilliance in simplicity: with only a few taps, you can book a table for free at thousands of restaurants, then manage your reservations on the go – cancelling, changing and re-booking are right at your fingertips. Search through OpenTable’s Godzilla-on-steroids-sized venue database according to your preferences, then discover restaurant reviews, photos, and even menus to find the spot best suited for your current cravings. To make things even sweeter, by downloading OpenTable, you’ll get instant access to a number of exclusive, mobile-only benefits.