Cellphone apps for the self-respecting foodie


Hungry? There’s an app for that

Giada De Laurentiis

Perhaps you’re in a strange city and need a recommendation for a rib joint or a sushi bar. Or maybe you’re at the store and need a nice cabernet to go with your smoked gouda.? How about a recipe for paella to make tonight?

Who ya gonna call?

Well, you don’t have to call anyone. There are now foodie apps for cellphones that fit every taste, purpose and operating system. Numbering in the hundreds, these apps can help you figure out what you want, how you can make it, where you can get it and if it can be delivered. There has been no better time to be a gourmet than right now. So check out the following.

Food Network Kitchen: Fans of the cablenet will find a library’s worth of recipes from their favorite chefs, including Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Rachael Ray and Alton Brown, plus videos with step-by-step instructions. There are also more than 25 live classes taught each week by network stars, world-famous chefs, cookbook authors and other experts.

Trip Advisor: It may be known primarily as a travel app but this longtime bellwether also contains restaurant reviews and rankings by location as well as lists of some of the hottest eateries in various cities. And of course, dinner photos – lots of dinner photos. A must for the individual who travels on their stomach.

OpenTable: In addition to information like restaurant hours, address, reviews, photos, menus and special promotions, this handy app’s biggest drawing card is a functionality that allows the user to view open time slots and book a reservation for however many seats desired. It’s a tool no restaurant goer should be without.

Vivino Wine Scanner: With this app, you can photograph any wine label or list and it will tell you the drink’s rating and allow you to build a wine portfolio to save for the next time you go shopping. You can even order wine from the app. Never drink another glass of mediocre wine again.

Grubhub: Along with Uber Eats and DoorDash, the primary function of this app is helping you find food and getting it delivered. Information like menus, reviews, delivery charges and wait times help with the decision-making process, and you can also pay for the meal and tip through the app.

Roaming Hunger: Fans of food trucks will want to check out this app, which enables users to locate nearby food trucks and search easily for favorites. You can even peruse menus and see photos of the dishes before trying them.

Farmstand: Locavores on the lookout for the freshest locally sourced foods can download this app, which connects users to nearby farmer’s markets using a location-based search function. They can also share photos and discuss items found at each market.

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