Well it’s that time again, Thanksgiving and Thursday. Time for FOOD! Yay. With it being Thanksgiving I figured that it would only be fitting to review a food related app. So I give you Urbanspoon.
Urbanspoon is a fancy little app that allows you to find new restaurants near you or even find ones you already know. Urbanspoon makes use of the accelerometer; when you shake the phone it will preform a random search based on your preferences. It uses a slot machine style interface where you can lock in your preference of neighborhood, type of cuisine and price (or how expensive the place is).
Urbanspoon also allows you to register, find your friends and write reviews of places you’ve been. I haven’t used this feature yet but it does look promising.
If you are looking for a particular restaurant you can use the search or browse features:
Also if you want to just see what is around you, use the Near me functon. I’ll use the built in aGPS to figure out your location and give you a list of the closest restaurants.
Over all Urbanspoon is really easy to use. It has a straight forward interface and gives you pretty good results. I have found though that sometimes (very infrequently) that some of the information is wrong. Sometimes it’ll bring up a restaurant that has been closed down (for years in one case) or moved. They do provide a way to you to notify them of changes but I haven’t see the changes take yet. This could be somewhat troublesome if you are in an unfamiliar place.
Nice little free app that is worth your time if you like to eat (and who doesn’t like food?)