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.
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!