Cellphone apps are extremely popular, and that’s no different in the restaurant world.
Currently, there are apps that help you make reservations at restaurants, find restaurants in unfamiliar territory, seek out sources for special dietary needs, show user reviews of restaurants, find your way to specific restaurants or allow you to see other people’s food pictures. I’m probably just scratching the surface there.
Everybody has an opinion about the best restaurant apps out there. Chow.com thinks the top nine apps are Open Table, Vegout, Menu Pages, Around Me, Foodspotting, Urbanspoon, Yelp, Near+Now, and Citysearch. About.com adds Zagat to Go, Alfred, Tipulator, Wine Ratings Guide and Oysterpedia to the list. That last one is an app devoted entirely to the popular seafood item; it offers “listings for over 200 oyster varieties. Each listing includes detailed information including flavor, size, harvest location, and tasting notes,” according to About.
Mashable.com put its 35 favorite restaurant apps in a graphic chart that you can see here.
In addition to apps that help readers choose between the many dining options available in this world, some restaurants are having their own specific apps created. These allow customers to do things like place take-out orders or advance dine-in orders, make reservations, peruse the menu and map the location.
I’m interested to hear your thoughts on restaurant apps. Which ones do you use, and why do you like them so much?