Sometimes we need to get out of our own kitchen and enjoy a meal prepared by someone else. But dining out isn’t always easy. You have to know where to go, if the food is any good, what’s on the menu…by the time you figure all of this information out, it will be too late to even eat.
With the apps available on smartphones and tablets, dining out doesn’t have to be such a tiring experience. The following are five of the best apps for dining out.
Yelp helps you find exactly what you’re looking for exactly when you’re looking for it. You can filter your searches by type of cuisine, distance, hours and price. Not only is this app great for when you’re in an unfamiliar area, but it is also great when you’re home too.
Yelp allows anyone to rate the restaurants listed on the app. If you enjoy seeing how a restaurant was rated, you can always check out the reviews from people who actually went there and see what they have to say. The app also allows you to make OpenTable reservations, and you can also check in on Twitter and Facebook. There is also a deals section to see which restaurants and bars in your area are offering deals.
2. Dining Out Guide
If you are on a diet, it can be hard to find a restaurant that serves food that won’t bust your calorie intake for the day. The DiningOutGuide is an app by Jenny Craig, and it is designed to help you make the best possible food choices based on the restaurant you are visiting.
You can search by restaurant or menu item to get a list of the calorie amounts of food items on their menu. You can also watch a video to teach you about portion sizes, and you can take a quiz to test your own dining out knowledge. Plus, there are plenty of “hot tips” for you to help you dine out healthier. The only downside to the app is that it is only available to registered Jenny Craig members.
Yes you read that right. Though this app may seem strange, it can actually be very beneficial to have on hand when you are at a restaurant. Some fine dining restaurants use new and exotic words to describe their menu items. Rather than waste your server’s time asking them to explain them all, Dictionary.com can help you find out exactly what is on the menu. You may just find that something you thought sounded delicious is actually made from a not-so-tasty ingredient.
4. Quick Tip
Determining the tip can be one of the most exhausting parts of dining out. QuickTip helps make this process easier. The fast and convenient app uses large numbers to make it easier to calculate and read. If you want to adjust the percentage, you can use a slider feature. You can also see what your total bill amount will be with the tip included, and you can easily round the tip up or down. You can also opt to remove the sales tax, if necessary. Quick Tip is available in all international currencies too, so you can use it no matter where you are.
5. GrubHub Food Delivery and Takeout
If you don’t feel like visiting a sit down restaurant, but you also don’t feel like cooking, GrubHubFoodDeliveryandTakeout may become your new best friend. Use the app to search your location, and you will be provided with a list of restaurants in your area that offer takeout or delivery. This app is comprised of over 25,000 restaurants in over 300 cities. If you find the place you want to order food from, you can place your order through the app.
GrubHub Food Delivery and Takeout allows you to read menus and reviews, search by cuisine or menu item and filter your search by take out, delivery or both. The app also stores your past orders and your payment information to make re-ordering easy. Plus, the app contains special coupons and discounts available only to GrubHub users.
From the creative desk of L. Smith a foodie & lover of well-rated Las Vegas buffets.
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