Food and Drink Apps
Acadiana LifeStyle Takes The Guesswork Out Of App SelectionBy Gail Suberbielle
With thousands of apps out there for your smartphone or tablet, it can be hard to make a choice without cluttering up your phone or cutting into your wallet with apps you’ll never use. To take some of the guesswork out of app selection, we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites. Most are available for iPhone or iPad, although some also are offered for Android or other smartphones.
Food and Drink
Zagat to Go®
Brand-new to the app store is the Zagat iPhone app. Like its printed counterpart, the Zagat app offers to users all the info they need to know about the best places to dine, drink, dance and more in 45 top cities around the world. Choose from a year’s worth of ratings, reviews, and information for every Zagat-rated restaurant in those cities. One of the best features of this app is that users also can actually browse restaurants without being connected to the Internet. While it doesn’t cover all cities—its only drawback as far as we’re concerned—the Zagat app has enough other terrific features, like the ability to connect with Foursquare or make reservations, to make it worth the hefty price tag (still a bargain compared to the price for the guide for one city alone). Cost: $9.99.
If you’re a food lover – and who in South Louisiana isn’t? – this terrific new app will be right up your alley. Like Urban Spoon, Foodspotting’s main function is to help users find restaurants. But this app takes your restaurant search to another level … users get to look at actual pictures of the food served at each establishment, and not some glossy, air-brushed photo, either. Photos are submitted by actual restaurant patrons and of course the quality of the photographs can vary, but there are lots of talented foodie photographers out there! Want to try the white truffle risotto at a nearby restaurant? Click on the name of the dish and see what it actually looks like. You also can see the entire menu, read reviews on Yelp, and submit or read reviews. Cost: Free