One Food App to Rule Them All

As any consummate foodie knows, love of food is not only exclusive to a desktop. When you want to share what you ate or want to browse the next dish that is going to be devoured, all you have to do is take out your smart phone. With the plethora of options available in app stores, it is easy to be overwhelmed. However, this article will hopefully ease your worries by giving you the only app you will ever need to use to get your hands on another great dish.

Food Spotting:


   Created in 2009, Foodspotting is a geo-locating app that shows images of dishes from restaurants in your area. With over three million downloads and over two million photos, Foodspotting is a favorite of food capturing enthusiasts. The app, whose design is sleek and clean, allows users to either discover dishes in their area or search images of dishes of a specific restaurant. This is useful for the eater that loves to see how the dish looks like. Also, if you’re one that cares what your friends eat, Foodspotting allows you log in with Facebook, so you can see what your friends have recommended.

The app is also great for driving business to restaurants. It is advertisement for a restaurants best dishes. Food is naturally judged by how appealing it is to the eye as well as our taste buds. Foodspotting having reviews of the dishes as well as images allows users to know which restaurant would be best to eat at. And if you ever browsed through the images, you know that there is something for everyone!


   If that wasn’t enough to have you racing to the app store, I have even better news. As of January 2013, Foodspotting was purchased by Open Table – the online reservation behemoth. Purchased for 10 million, the two companies plan to integrate with each other. So what does that mean for you? Well, as stated in Gourmet Marketing’s website, “the most basic is that customers are able to place reservations through Foodspotting”. However, when making the reservation, you will be sent to Open Table. The two do hope to make it so that you can seamlessly make the reservation on the Foodspotting app. This is great news for Open Table because their user interface is extremely lacking design.

For those of you who are too lazy (you know who you are) to go the restaurants, Foodspotting has solved that issue as well. As of 2012, Foodspotting has partnered with Grubhub for ordering dishes. To be fair though, the options are limited to only restaurants that already use Grubhub.

On a final note, I should mention that Foodspotting is mostly concentrated in major cities, but with the help of their billion dollar partner (Open Table) Foodspotting should be making a presence in more cities soon.

So there you have it, this is in my opinion the only app you will need if you’re a foodie. The combination of aesthetics and usability in this app is matched by none. If you disagree or want to praise another food app, please feel free to comment below!

7 thoughts on “One Food App to Rule Them All

  1. thanks for sharing! I am a foodie as well and I will definitely download the app. I think it is a great way for business to create awareness – if a place has become a brand by gaining awareness it may not necessarily need pictures of the food to show what customers may get but if you still need to “become someone” than it’s a great marketing tool as the food should be a feast to the eye too.
    The acquisition of Foodspottiing definitely fits with Open Table’s business strategy.

    1. I agree! Foodspottng allows restaurant to get recognition for their food– good and bad. I think the combination of Foodspotting and Open Table will make each one infinitely better.

    1. Yes, yelp has let me down in the past as well! Though, i should mention that Foodspotting also offers yelp reviews of the dishes! So in reality, you can do everything you want on the app. Just keep in mind, that reviews are limited to only the dish of the images people post, which can be limited depending on the area!

  2. Do restaurants submit the dish photos to Foodspotting? Can it pull in user submitted photos? So many people post food photos to Instagram, it would interesting if it could through the Facebook login pull friends photos of dishes they’ve eaten at local restaurants. Thanks for sharing!

    1. As far as I know, the images of dishes that are on the app are generated from users. So theoretically, a restaurant could create a username and post pictures of its dishes. Yes, restaurants do have the ability to pull the dishes from the site, since Foodspotting create a website recently. However, I am unaware of the legality of using other peoples images without prior permission! Interesting thought about pulling dishes from friends. As of now, the app allows you to log in with Facebook so you can see what dishes your friends took.

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