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Top 5 Phone Apps for Finding Restaurants


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Foodspotting
You may already love food, but the developers at Foodspotting want you to photograph it as well.
You may already love food, but the developers at Foodspotting want you to photograph it as well.
Image courtesy of Foodspotting

Foodspotting puts food on the map -- literally. The Foodspotting Web site features a Google-powered map overlaid with featured images (usually of a signature dish) from each restaurant on that map. Foodspotting is a free download for both for iPhone and Android, and was an iTunes App of the Week in October 2010 [source: Apple].

Foodspotting changes the way you share your feedback about restaurants. Instead of writing comments about food, you can snap a quick photo and post on Foodspotting. Then, if you like a dish, you can recommend it to others.

The app's search feature opens with three tabs to choose from: Nearby (the app can identify your location), Latest and Best. Toggle between viewing images only or a map with images if location is a priority. If you don't see something you want, enter keywords in the search text box. Click any photo for more information on the menu item pictured.

While you're looking at a photo, you have four options. First, if you like a photo, you can vote for it by clicking "Great shot." If you like the food and want to recommend it to others, put a blue ribbon on it by clicking "Nom it!" Show your approval of the photo contribution by clicking "Great find!" Finally, click "Want it!" to save the food as something you want to try.

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