Hungry? Looking for a new recipe? On-the-road and want to find a tasty nearby restaurant? There are apps for all of that.
As you’re firing up the grill, planning Fourth of July parties, and heading off on vacation this summer, we want to make sure you’re never without good food.
Here are some picks for the best foodie apps, including some you might have heard of, and a few that are less well-known.
Absolutely in love with a dish you ate while out for dinner? Don’t keep it to yourself. Foodspotting enables you to “spot” foods by taking a photo, adding captions, and tagging the venue where you had it. As the app says (and we all know), “Even a ‘one-star restaurant’ can have one good dish.” If you try something you see on Foodspotting, don’t forget to “Nom it.”
Recently named a top shopping app by Consumer Reports
and The Washington Post
, Pushpins combines your grocery shopping list, digital coupons, and nutrition facts of thousands of items all in one mobile app. It will find coupons for grocery stores in your area. That way, when you go shopping you can simply scan foods with your phone and tap to redeem instant coupons (called pushpins). The savings will automatically apply when you swipe your store savings card at the register. It’s available at more than 2,000 grocery stores, with more being added.
While similar apps are focused on making eating out social, Forkly is designed for function, making it a true “foodie” app. Forkly’s main goal is to help users develop their own “taste graph”—that is, a personalized profile of what you like to eat based on ratings of dishes at restaurants (with options such as “like,” “love,” “not for me,” etc.). Then you can match your tastes to offerings at local restaurants
Warning: If you’re hungry, wait until you eat something to install this app. Foodgawker is a photo gallery of food photos submitted by food bloggers around the world. Only the best, most scrumptious-looking photos are chosen by editors to be published, so expect nothing but mouth-watering photos. Based on what you see, discover new recipes, techniques, and ingredients, so you’ll never be bored eating again.
This app brings two things that always go great together: Food and friends. See what your friends are craving and cooking, search for and save recipes and store everything on your Facebook timeline. And use the nifty Yummify feature to make photos you take of what’s cooking look professional. Foodily claims it is the largest recipe network in the world. Now no matter where your friends and family live, you can all share meals together.
Never forget good food again. With Evernote, you can capture, remember, and share all of your food experiences in one place—from those burgers at a cookout to a high-class dinner out on-the-town.
Whether you’re unsure about the new restaurant in your neighborhood or you want to explore a restaurant near your hotel, use the Yelp app to summon a list of nearby restaurants and read reviews from others who have dined there.
The popular recipe website is now available as an app. Thanks to a recent update, it’s possible to scan a barcode on food items to add them to a grocery shopping list, keep track of what’s in the kitchen, or find related recipes.
This app is for the professionals—but it’s also fun for those who one day aspire to open a restaurant or become a chef. Foodpairing enables those in the food industry to create new combinations of ingredients for dishes or drinks.
Coming soon. This app just received the funding it needs to launch via the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. But, starting in September, subscribe to receive video cooking lessons from master chefs, directly from your iPhone or iPad. Learn more about it here
Hana Bieliauskas is a project manager in the Columbus, Ohio, office of CMA, a national public relations agency based in Kansas City, Mo., with expertise in helping clients across the food system develop effective communications strategies to build trust with their stakeholders. Follow her on Twitter @hanab08.