9 Apps Helping You Master the Restaurant Scene with Kids
When it comes to dining out with your family, you have to plan for food allergies, taste preferences and more. Picking a restaurant while traveling can become extremely difficult. The following apps will help you narrow down the selection, and once again make dining out a relaxing experience.
I. Finding a Restaurant
Foodspotting sets itself apart from restaurant review apps by rating specific dishes, instead of rating the restaurant overall. This app has a similar visual appeal to Pinterest, by allowing you to browse photos of nearby dishes to see what looks good – it’s like window shopping for your meal! Since its launch in January 2010, over 2.5 million foods have been uploaded into the app from restaurants all around the world. One thing you won’t find here is negative reviews, only the positive “Loved it!” images make the cut, so you’re sure to find only delectable dishes.
The Yelp app holds the highest rating amongst restaurant review apps, with over 74,963+ reviews and over 4 ½ stars. The competitive advantage of this app is that the crowdsourced locals give you an inside look at the nearby hotspots. This allows you to tap into a global market when traveling, to find local restaurants with the highest rated restaurants and money saving deals. You can even get a quick glimpse by checking out the tips and photos for each restaurant. The best feature of this app is the “nearby” setting, where it pulls restaurants of your interests with filters including distance, cuisine type, rating, price, deals, etc.
Dining out as a vegetarian can be difficult. The Vegout app allows you to tap into world’s largest international listing of vegan, vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants. Search based on your current location, or by distance from a specified address. The app provides star ratings and reviews of each restaurant, in addition to the restaurant phone number, website and short menu description.
II. Making a Reservation
4. Open Table
The first step of dining out is finding a restaurant, the second step is seeing if they have an open table. With the OpenTable app you input your guest number, restaurant, date and/or time to see what restaurants are available for reservations. If you leave the restaurant name blank, you can find multiple restaurants within your area that have your requested availability. Once you find the restaurant with the availabilty you seek, you can simply make the table reservation within the app. Before you decide, check out the links to the restaurants menus within the app. An added bonus – OpenTable partnered Yelp to exchange reviews and reservations!
III. Choosing the Wine
Whether you’re in the store or at a restaurant, Hello Vino is the go to app when you’re looking for wine recommendations. Choose your wine based on dinner pairings, personal taste preference or special occasions. The app functions as a wine search engine, providing you with thousands of wine and food pairings, in addition to reviews and ratings. Use the wine label image recognition to add your favorite bottles to your "My Wines" list, so you never forget another wine!
IV. Reviewing Nutrition Facts
The Restaurant Nutrition app lists the nutrition facts for most popular chain restaurants. If you’re looking for healthy food in a pinch, this app serves up the nutrition label for many of your meals. The app includes the nutrition labels from over 100 popular restaurants and over 15,000 food items. Use the app’s internal journal to track your food items, calories, and other nutritional information. This app even allows you to hide menu options based on allergies!
If you’re looking to curb your fast food addiction, then you should consider the Calorie Lookup app. Instead of giving you an overall nutrition label, this app works fast to serve up a calorie count for 140 restaurants and more than 16,000 items. Whether you’re searching from aNokia Windows Phone or your iPhone, this app is a quick fix for your waistline.
V. Calculating the Tip
If you’re not a mathematical master, then having a handy tip calculator can be a huge stress relief. This simple tip calculator allows calculate a tip and divide a bill between a number of your friends.
VI. Tracking Your Favorites
If you’re anything like me, you don’t like having the same meal twice; however, sometimes the meal can be just that good you do want it twice! Remembering which meal you had at every restaurant can be difficult, so track your favorites with the Meniusm Personal Dining Journal. Each time you dine out, you can record your meal within the app, making it way for you to recall your past favorites. With social integration, this app allows you to see the latest meals from your friends and around the world! The app also offers GPS to find nearby restaurants, maps, directions, menus and more.