Did you know that May was National Hamburger Month? Consider yourself informed. Cheeseburgers are pretty much my favorite meal and although I have my favorite places (Wahlburgers), sometimes I like to try burgers from other places. Ok, that is a total lie. I am obsessed with
Donnie Wahlberg Wahlburgers burgers, but since I am not all that close to the restaurant (it’s about 40 minutes from my house), I am forced to get my burger fix elsewhere on occasion.
There are lots of restaurants around my neck of the woods, but if I am not having a Wahlburger, chances are that I want to find someplace new to eat. Or what if I happen to be away from my home turf — how the heck would I know what restaurants are good where ever I happen to be? Today, I am going to solve that problem and tell you the 7 best apps I have come across to help you find whatever kind of food you’re looking for.
Use OpenTable to discover, explore, reserve, and manage restaurant reservations free and instantly–anytime, anywhere. As the global leader in restaurant reservations, OpenTable’s app helps you discover new restaurants; view menus, reviews, and photos. Plus, you can earn reward points towards your next meal. OpenTable is free, so what have you got to lose?
Urbanspoon is a free app that’s dedicated to helping you find the best food and dining experiences at over a million restaurants.
- Discover Restaurants – compare food choices by rating, distance, and cuisine
- Sort and map by popularity or distance within our restaurant directory
- Quickly find restaurant info such as phone numbers, addresses and driving directions, and hours of operation
- Browse menus and photos of menu items and restaurant locations
- Book a table at any OpenTable (US), or Dimmi (Australia), or Bookatable (UK) restaurant
- Browse Online Restaurant Guides by critics, foodies, and people like you
- Easily change your location to research where to eat while you travel
Urbanspoon is available in the US, Canada, and most major cities in Britain and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
Whether you are looking for a pizzeria that is open now or a coffee shop nearby, Yelp is your local guide to finding just the place to eat, shop, drink, relax, and play.
- Search for nearby restaurants, shops, and services.
- Filter search results by neighborhood, distance, rating, price, and what’s open now.
- Read millions of reviews written by a community of active, expert locals.
- Look up addresses and phone numbers, call a business, or make reservations directly from the app.
- Write reviews, check-in to businesses, upload photos, and add tips of your own!
4. Where To Eat? GPS Food Finder
No matter where you are in the world, WhereToEat displays the closest places to eat on your Android device. Select from over 45 cuisine types and even get turn-by-turn directions to your chosen restaurant. This app is fully customizable, so you can order your own list. Can’t decide where to eat? Use their Shake-to-Suggest feature to explore and experiment!
- Over 100 preset searches including over 45 cuisines and 30 food types.
- Search can be done within a few taps, no typing needed.
- Fully customizable. You can sort, add, remove, rename all items.
- Review your recent searches and most used searches.
- Configure start-up view, choose between home, recents or last viewed.
- Shake-to-Suggest, deciding on what to eat can be just a shake away.
- User Ratings and Reviews, sharing your experience with other diners.
No matter if you are looking for Chinese food, best restaurants, eating in, Italian food, Indian curry, Mexican, Thai, seafood, delivery, restaurant reviews, or pizza, they will find something for you!
5. Restaurant Finder
Restaurant Finder offers a convenient way to find restaurants around you. You can search for restaurants nearby or type in an address or or zip code. You can find restaurants nearby very easily by using the restaurants near me or “By current location” buttons. Alternatively, you can type the name of the restaurant or the address or zip code where you want to find food places.
You can view information about the restaurant such as opening hours, reviews, phone number and food menus. Restaurant Finder can also be used to find Meal take away and delivery, cafes, pubs, hotels, night clubs, grocery stores and super markers, taxis and cabs, and gas stations.
Restaurant Finder works well worldwide but especially in USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, India, Australia, Brazil, Malaysia and Thailand.
6. EAT24 Food Delivery & Takeout
Your Android can now feed you. No, it hasn’t learned to cook. (What, are you in a hurry for the robot takeover?) But you won’t have to either, thanks to the free, easy-to-use EAT24 Food Delivery & Takeout app. Now you can order food delivery & pickup from over 20,000 restaurants in 1,500+ cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Miami, Boston, Washington D.C., Houston, Chicago, with more being added daily. Search from wherever you are, or wherever you’re going to be using EAT24’s mobile ordering. The EAT24 app remembers your preferences, which saves you time, and gives you coupons, which save you money.
- EAT24 has Yelp inside. That means you can see what the foodies of Yelp think about a restaurant without leaving the app.
- See what’s open for delivery or takeout near you all hours of the day and night.
- The What’s Good feature helps you discover the tastiest grub using an algorithm that analyzes most ordered menu items, popular favorites, local tips, and user reviews.
- Take a picture of a dish, add a Note, and remind yourself to order/not order that item again.
- Using filters to sort by distance, newest, top rated, delivery/pickup. Or sort by preferences like spicy, healthy, and more.
- Customize your order to give your stomach exactly what it wants (extra guac, please!)
- Don’t like credit cards? Pay for your food with PayPal or Google Wallet.
- Search for specific cuisines, restaurants…even particular dishes like pizza, chinese food, sushi, burgers, indian, thai and more.
- Order in advance and the EAT24 app will have it waiting. (Well, really the restaurant will, but you get the idea.)
- EAT24 is married to Yelp (#1 wifey, holla!), so if you have a Yelp account you can order there too.
- Securely stores payment info for you.
- One-click reorder (less thinking, more enjoying).
7. Local Eats
LocalEats(R) for Android guides discerning diners to the best independently owned restaurants across America and select international cities. From storied steak houses and the nation’s hottest contemporary restaurants to revered roadside diners, barbecue joints and burger bars, LocalEats selects only the best local restaurants. Users can search restaurants by city Top 100 lists as well as category winners, all sortable by price, neighborhood or type of cuisine. The “nearby” feature utilizes GPS mapping to identify great local restaurants near the user’s precise location.
All selections are made by the LocalEats editorial staff, who research local media and relevant dining blogs, monitor social media, survey food-savvy locals and travelers, and take into account their personal dining experiences. There are no national chains listed, and restaurants cannot pay for inclusion.
This app emphasizes the Top 100 restaurants in the top 50 U.S. markets — listings in smaller cities are
available but may be limited. It will quickly locate nearby restaurants and can find restaurants near a particular address, city or landmark. You can filter restaurants by cuisine, price, neighborhood, awards and amenities and even make reservations.
What is you’re favorite meal?