6 Apps For Foodies
Writer and filmmaker Anna Thomas once said that, since "we all eat," it would be a "sad waste of opportunity to eat badly."
If you feel the same way, you might want to peruse this slideshow of foodie apps.
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Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Louis Bedigian had no position in the equities mentioned in this slideshow.
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OpenTable is one of the most popular apps for foodies, and for good reason.
There are numerous restaurants that only allow people to make reservations online by using OpenTable. Users can turn to OpenTable.com, but why bother when the app makes it so much easier?
Like most reservation apps, OpenTable allows users to search by cuisine or location, and narrow that search by price, rating and distance.
Once a restaurant is located, users can enter their desired date, time and party size to see if any tables are available. Users may also invite friends to dine with them.
The only downside to OpenTable is that its reservation services cannot be used at all restaurants. But that has more to do with the policies of those restaurants (ex: The Cheesecake Factory (NASDAQ: CAKE) doesn't take reservations) than anything else.
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The casual dining alternative to OpenTable, NoWait is a waitlist and seating tool for restaurants that don't need a full-fledged reservation system.
NoWait was initially designed for restaurants, so many consumers may not even be aware that the tools are in play when they call ahead. But the company has now released an Android and iOS app that allows users to take advantage of its service.
NoWait started in Pittsburgh and is quickly growing to reach new markets across the United States and Canada.
Similar to OpenTable, users can download the app to see a list of nearby restaurants. They can also take a look at the wait times, and add their party to the wait list right from the app. Users can also see their place in line (and watch it adjust) in real time.
Users have complained that the list of restaurants is too small in some locations (and nonexistent in others), but NoWait is still somewhat of a startup.
The company is growing fast, however, and could overtake OpenTable's volume this year.
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Everyone that cooks should download the Food Network app.
The free app allows users to quickly and easily search Food Network's enormous catalogue of recipes. Users can search by chef (such as Giada De Laurentiis, Anne Burrell, Alton Brown and Bobby Flay) or ingredient.
Users can also save their favorite recipes, create a shopping list for keeping track of ingredients, and view a vast library of how-to videos. Recipes can be edited with notes and substitutes, allowing foodies to get creative.
When browsing topics, users will see a wide variety of mouth-watering categories, such as brunch, desserts, fan favorites and appetizers. Users can also look at course-specific categories (such as chicken), which simplifies the process of finding things to cook.
The app is drenched in delectable images -- most of which will make users drop their smartphones and run right into the kitchen.
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Tipulator is one of those apps that will inspire some foodies to ask, "Do I really need this?"
The answer is a firm "no." Most people should be able to figure out the tip (or round up to a nice number) of a restaurant meal. If not, built-in iOS and Android calculators will suffice. Some wallets also come with tipping cheat sheets, for those who like to dine old-school.
Nonetheless, Tipulator was made -- and it serves a purpose for those who want to pay waiters and waitresses an exact amount of money.
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Zagat has been one of the most respected restaurant ratings systems for years.
Now a Google company, Zagat offers an app with familiar features (such as panorama images via Google Street View), expected features (ratings) and restaurant reservations via OpenTable.
Consumers can use the app to can find the best and most notable restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. But there is one catch: Zagat only supports select locations.
Thus, if you live in New York City, you're good to go -- but if you reside in Detroit, you're not.
This may surprise some users considering Google's involvement, but Zagat is slowly adding more locations. In December 2013, Zagat added support for consumers in Charleston and Nashville.
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Users who aren't getting what they want from Zagat may want to check out Urbanspoon.
Known by many as the number-one free discovery app for hungry consumers, Urbanspoon delivers food and dining experience info for over one million restaurants.
The site and accompanying app provide reviews from consumers and critics, allowing users to better determine where to eat. More than 20 million people have downloaded the app, which is reportedly used by millions of individuals every week.
On its surface, Urbanspoon doesn't sound very unique. Users can compare food choices by rating, distance and cuisine. Phone numbers, driving directions and hours of operation are provided, but these are things that most people are used to seeing with a quick search on Google.com. Users can also make reservations at any OpenTable-supported restaurant.
Regardless, Urbanspoon is so effective at what it does that consumers keep coming back.
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