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Top 5 Phone Apps for Finding Restaurants


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Urbanspoon
Will Urbanspoon's randomized results lead you to the dessert of your dreams? You'll never know until you try it.
Will Urbanspoon's randomized results lead you to the dessert of your dreams? You'll never know until you try it.
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Urbanspoon has shaken up the search for dining out. Just by giving your phone a quick shake, you can spin through your choices in a virtual slot machine to get a random restaurant recommendation. The shaking makes use of your smartphone's accelerometer, but you can also just touch the Spin button on the screen if waving your phone around in public makes you self-conscious. Urbanspoon is available free for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry.

To narrow recommendations, you can scroll the slot machine wheels to specific preferences and lock in those choices before you spin. You can also disable the sound if you don't want to hear the simulated slot machine every time you give your choices a whirl. Repeat the spin until a recommendation that you like appears. Then, click that recommendation to learn more about the restaurant.

Urbanspoon's restaurant information includes operating hours, photos and reviews. You can vote whether or not you like a restaurant and see if other users have liked it. Urbanspoon also provides quick links to call the restaurant or locate it on a map.

If you don't like the slot machine approach, you can browse restaurants by various classifications or view a list of Urbanspoon listings near your current location. Urbanspoon also has options to upload your own photos for a restaurant and to connect with friends who are also using the app.

Urbanspoon is fun to use, but the next app is a full gamification of restaurant searching.


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