If you're a glutton for a good meal out, or a just too bone-idle to open the refrigerator, these saliva-inducing selection of iPhone apps will help whet your appetite for some great grub, find the best eateries, and help you get the most of your dining-out experience.
OpenTable takes the hassle out of making dinner reservations. Simply choose a date, time, and enter your party size to see available tables at your desired location, then hit the book button. You can filter by location and cuisine, take heed of helpful diner reviews, and add reservations to your calendar, as well as receive alerts for last minute cancellations for that exclusive joint with the 3-month waiting list.
Wanna know where Gordon Ramsay digs the summer rolls, or Mario Batali rates the margarita pizza? Chefs Feed boasts the world's first and only food guide exclusively curated by chefs. It features reviews from nearly 1000 chefs in 24 cities (mainly in the states, plus the UK and Canada), insider tips, and behind the scenes footage at the very best restaurants.
When you're a real foodie, it's not just a certain food genre you crave. You know exactly what you want, down to the dish and the sides. All you need to know now is where to get it. With its drop-dead-gorgeous interface, Foodspotting crowd-sources user recommendations and drool-worthy food photos to help you decide which is the best chicken parm in town right now.
If you're committed to animal-free eating, finding great eats isn't always easy. HappyCow serves up the very best options for vegetarian, vegan, and veg-friendly restaurants near you, with all the details and comments you need to help you decide which is the tastiest tofu in town. It currently covers locations across the USA, Canada (and all North America), Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Bangkok (Thailand), Hong Kong, Japan (Tokyo), some of Malaysia, and Singapore.
Whether you recently tested positive for Celiacs Disease, or have suffered from gluten intolerance all your life, you'll never cease to be amazed and the mind-boggling number of dishes which are spiked with gluten, so off the menu for you. Find Me Gluten Free helps you make sure you'll never miss out of gastronomic treats, pulling together all of the gluten-free menus, menu items, and allergen lists of chains and restaurants in your area.
If you're 'nuts' about eating out (I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself), but have to put up with the drag of a food intolerance, allergy, or dietary requirements, AllergyEats is your go-to reference point if you live in the US. The app aggregates user-based feedback about how well (or poorly) restaurants accommodate the needs of food-allergic customers, making sure you can still enjoy your nosh without any nasty hidden surprises.
Any wine buff worth his salt knows that the perfect meal should be accompanied by carefully chosen tipple. Vivino will not only bring out your inner wine snob, but will help you match your bottle of plonk with your steak dinner. And you know that bottle of wine you always order at that fancy restaurant, but can never seem to find anywhere else? Scan the label, and the app will show you local stockists, as well as relevant info and tasting tips from other winos.
If you're more of a fan of the frothy stuff (and real ales sure have gotten trendy in the last few years), then you'll be hop-ping mad for this one (sorry, again). Using the Great Brewers community, Beer Cloud helps you out with food and beer pairings, the ability to locate great craft beers, and a little bit of history about each brew and brewery, plus beer festivals and events near you.
There's nothing quite like wrangling over the bill to take the edge off a great meal. US-based Tab aims to make splitting the check a painless process: simply snap the bill, select which items each person ordered, and bam: you know exactly what you owe, no arguments. Everyone with Tab on their phone can join onto the bill and select their own items, and it even lets multiple people select an item, say, if you shared a side of fries or a bottle of wine.
When dining out, it's easy to overdo the booze, especially if someone else is topping you up: "I only had one glass of wine, I'm ok to drive right?"Alchohoot is the world's first law enforcement grade, FDA registered smartphone breathalyzer, which ensures you'll never get behind the wheel if you've had one too many. $99 will buy you the gadget to go with the app, which will quickly and easily read your blood alcohol level, can order you a taxi, and will show you nearby open restaurants if you've decided to carry on the party.