Urbanspoon is a great website that has been attracting a lot of press in recent months and provides restaurant recommendations across the whole of the US and Canada and most of Australia and UK. You can find everything you need to know about delicious restaurants including menus, locations, prices and reviews from critics, food bloggers and fellow diners. The website is supported by an up-to-date blog that includes brilliant little travel guides from foodies visiting cities around the globe. Check the blog out at; /urbanspoon.com/blog
If logging onto the website is far too 2000's for you then never fear, Urbanspoon has an amazing iPhone app that will make all the hard food decisions for you. The new app was released in March 2012 and works almost like a 'restaurant slot machine'. With just a shake of your phone you can find a suggested nearby restaurant that the site has personally tried and can recommend. If you're after something specific you can lock down the neighbourhood, price or type of food you're after before you spin. Keep spinning until you find a restaurant that catches your eye and then check out the menu, reviews and table availability.
The app also includes 'Dineline' which allows you to quickly record all the restaurants you've visited. You can just include the basic stuff such as the name and address or can go nuts and write down your thoughts on the restaurant, what you ate and include pics. You'll never forget the name of a great restaurant you visited again and if you’re feeling generous you can share your list with mates who have the app so that they too know where to go. Even cooler, ‘Dineline’ will create statistics about your dining habits all just from the info you input. ‘Dineline’ can also be shared on Facebook so that you can keep your friends and family up-to-date with all the cool places you’ve eaten at throughout your travels.
So, download the app, get dining and don't forget to give your review of local food spots so that other travellers know where to go.