The quest for the best meal is what drives many of us foodies to travel. No matter if you are looking for locally-inspired eats or Michelin-starred dinners, these smartphone apps will lead your stomach to the good stuff as well as help you save details about your most memorable meals. From Zomato to Evernote, there's an app for every type of foodie.
Previously known as Urbanspoon, Zomato is a worldwide app that is specifically designed to search for and discover new places to eat at or even order in from. You can browse through pictures, menus, and reviews of the restaurants to decide and even use their map feature to find your way. You can browse through location, cuisine, name or even pre-set collections. It is available in more than 10,000 cities, including those in India, the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. It is available for free in the App Store and Google Play.
One of the earliest and most widely-known apps for finding restaurants and other services, Yelp features restaurant reviews and tips from users to help you make a decision about your dining destination. Use it on the fly with GPS or search for favorite foods or cuisines by neighborhood. Many restaurants have teamed up with Open Table to offer online reservations, making booking a breeze. The Yelp app is available for free in the App Store and Google Play.
This wonderful food app is designed for the individual who uses his or her eyes to decide on dinner. Working like a social app, Foodspotting utilizes user photos to show you what looks good to eat. Follow your friends and favorite dishes, rather than only restaurants to see what you're interested in trying and what others have loved. You can also browse photos of the best foods in a certain area or peruse user-compiled lists applicable to the city or neighborhood that you are searching. Foodspotting is free and available for iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and Windows phones.
Specifically designed for vegetarians and vegans to find friendly restaurants wherever they go, Happy Cow offers search bars, a discovery feature, and even an organizer of the restaurants you want to visit if you're traveling soon. Happy Cow also lets the user take snapshots of their food, follow friends and see where they're eating and what they liked, and even view an interactive map with suggested restaurants. Happy Cow is available in the App Store for $3.99 and in Google Play for $2.99.
With more than 7,500 food trucks registered and ready to be found, Roaming Hunger is the app made for food truck lovers. The interactive map offered helps users find, book and track a variety of food trucks with everything from Korean BBQ to authentic Mexican tacos. The app is available to download for free in both the App Store and Google Play. Fun fact, you can also book any catering that is offered by the trucks.
If you're looking for something a little more high class and you have the time during your trip, ChefsFeed is the app you need. Powered by chefs, this app gives recommendations on restaurants and dishes by chefs themselves. It also has some inside info on the world of cooking and food, along with playful videos. So far, cities inside the United States, its territories, and Canada are featured in this app. It's available for free download in the App Store and Google Play.
Zagat is one of the most trusted names in dining reviews, so it makes sense that the company's app is a must-have for serious food lovers. The app is considered a book that is continually updated with reviews of more than 30,000 restaurants across the United States and the world. Zagat prides itself on its carefully curated content, powered by Zagat editors' reviews and the discovery of the best restaurants around you. Users can share their own experiences and get some inspiration for what to eat next. The Zagat app is available for free download for iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry.