I don’t have a smartphone, and iPhone or even a Blackberry. I never thought I needed one to be a foodie or to get into my local food scene—I can look up restaurant reviews on Yelp, get directions on MapQuest and buy discounted entrees through Groupon. But again, I am missing a technological epiphany. Cell phone apps are changing the way foodies—and everyone else who eats—finds their new culinary obsessions, manages their food restrictions and gets good food on the cheap. Let’s take a look at some of the best food apps out there:
Urbanspoon:The Urbanspoon app lets you create a restaurant slot machine where you punch in neighborhood, cuisine and price and then pull the lever to find a restaurant.
OpenTable: This app locates the restaurants close to you with GPS technology and then checks at places close to you to see if there’s a table open for you if you decide to stop in. Only for iPhone and Android.
CouponClipper.com and Valpak: These applications help shoppers to find coupons. They both let you bring up food coupons on your phone and Valpak uses GPS to find coupons at grocery and specialty foods shops in your vicinity.