I’ve finally realized I’ve reached that really special age in life: My friends are starting to get married. The only thing that concerns me in this situation is not that I need to start fiancée hunting, but that my bank account is going to slowly deplete for the next five years until I’ve bought every steak knife set at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Let’s consider some unique gift ideas for the bride and groom.
Did you know you can solve food disputes with apps?
No, not apps as in appetizers but applications. Take this scenario, for example. It’s Friday night. You and a few friends just finished a long week of work and you want to meet up for a bite to eat and a few drinks. After you’ve spent 20 minutes telling your friends that you don’t want to spend your night at Applebee’s or Chili’s, you’re still left without a restaurant to dine at. Luckily, most of us have smartphones. There are lifestyle apps, money management apps and apps that even protect your identity. But did you know there are hundreds of apps out there that can help find the perfect restaurant near you? Here are a few of the most handy, helpful and user-friendly restaurant apps on the market.
The pioneer of restaurant apps, Urbanspoon still remains as the top app for solving food disputes. This free app allows you to discover restaurants near you with GPS, read reviews and ratings and even make reservations. You can filter your results by cuisine, price and location. But what made the Urbanspoon app famous is its restaurant slot machine. With a simple shake of the phone, this magical slot machine will help you find just what you’re looking for. Let’s say you want to relive your college days and order some cheap Chinese food, Urbanspoon lets you lock in a type of cuisine and price range and when you give your phone a shake, a cheap nearby Chinese restaurant will pop right up. You can’t go wrong with this very reliable app.
The online ordering leader of restaurant apps, GrubHub has grown from a small college town restaurant resource to one of the most popular food and drink apps on the market. Like other restaurant apps, GrubHub helps you locate nearby restaurants and read reviews, but unlike other restaurant apps, GrubHub gives you the ability to look at menus and order food straight from the app. Another benefit to using GrubHub is that it offers restaurant coupons only available to users who order off the app.
The gift certificate king of restaurant apps, Restaurant.com is strictly a restaurant coupon app. Restaurant.com has a huge database of partnered restaurants and each participating restaurant has its own deal. For example, a typical deal looks like this: a $10 gift certificate for $4, with a minimum purchase of $15. All in all, this is a great app if you’re looking to find and try out new restaurants for a great price!
The reservation maker of restaurant apps, OpenTable is a virtual hostess stand for thousands of restaurants. Simply enter the number of people in your party, the day and time you’d like to eat, and the app will provide a ton of options for you that fit your request. Rather than driving around and stopping into dozens of restaurants only to find that they’re all booked up for the night, take out your phone and make a reservation right from your couch.
So the next time you want to grab a bite to eat, save the arguments and download one of these fine (and FREE) restaurant apps.
Do you have any foodie/restaurant apps that you’d recommend? Share in the comments section below!