Being married to a chef, I’ve become a bit of a foodie over the years. I love exploring restaurants around town and adding great new ones to our rotation! Luckily, there are three great apps that make doing this really easy…
Starting with the newest app in my restaurant discovery arsenal: Zomato! Zomato has quickly become my most-used app for finding new hot spots for a few reasons: I love its bookmark feature, which lets me great a list of all the great restaurants I have on my to-eat-at list, as well as the locally curated collections that help me find new places based on themes (like Bloody Good, a collection of local places to get a great bloody mary, for example).
Zomato is an app that’s built for foodies, by foodies, so its focus is solely on restaurants (unlike other review sites), and each city has a local content team to help curate the content and keep it up to date. If you’re on Zomato and looking to see my favorite restaurants in the Phoenix area, be sure to check out my profile. I love using it for discovering new local hot spots!
This one may seem obvious, but I can’t write a post on restaurant discovery apps without including Yelp. The old guard of restaurant review platforms, Yelp makes it so easy to discover the best spots in your vicinity. I especially love Yelp for finding places to eat while I’m traveling!
Since Yelp has been around for so long, most restaurants have tons of reviews, so it’s a great way to truly judge how good a place will be before you select it.
Foodspotting is interesting because you discover restaurants through how amazing their food looks, first and foremost. Like others, you can sort by location, but you look at photos and “likes” of specific food items at different spots to decide what you might want to eat based on how delicious it looks.
If you’re already planning to head to a certain restaurant, Foodspotting is also a great way to discover what’s good there and what you might like to order. Think of it as when you see some really delicious food heading to a nearby table, and you tell the server you’ll have “whatever that is” — only at a much larger scale!
How do you discover new restaurants?