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Even the most informed food fans can use a little help from technology. Food apps can help you with all your food-related adventures—from keeping up with the latest recipe trends to finding out which food truck is nearby to learning what’s replacing #unicorntoast as the next trending food. So get your forks out. We’ve gathered up 10 apps every foodie needs on their smartphone.
OpenTable takes the headache out of making dinner reservations. This handy app allows you to put in your party number and find the closest available table at a restaurant near you. Its newest feature lets you invite dinner guests to your booked reservation. You can check out reviews of the restaurant before you book, along with menus and photos of popular food items. You can even earn points toward meal discounts.
Once you choose your restaurant, the hard part begins—deciding what to order. With Foodspotting you can find which dishes other diners recommend. The app has a visual format, allowing you to browse through photos of food to find what looks especially tasty. Upload your own photos and reviews, and follow your foodie friends to see what they’re eating.
This app allows you to see wait times for nearby places to eat—and put you on the list from anywhere. Home. Work. The park, so you can have more play-time with the kids. It’s convenient and also capitalizes on a partnership with Yelp.
ChefsFeed has the usual feature of a food app (videos, restaurant guides, photos and table booking) but with a bonus: recommendations from professional chefs. Instead of relying on the John and Jane Does of the world, get your info straight from the experts. The curated guides are created by chefs like Dominique Crenn and Marcus Samuelsson.
For those who strive to eat locally grown foods, this app is a must. Not only does it help you find farmers markets throughout the United States, it connects you to a community of locavores. As you discover new offerings, you can add markets to the selection and even upload images.
How many times have you stared at the ingredients in your fridge, with no idea what to make? With the Handpick app, you can select the ingredients you have on hand, and the app will provide a few recipes you can make with those items. Dinner is served!
This app lets you track the best gourmet food trucks nationwide. More than 7,500 food trucks participate, and many provide secret offers only to those who have this app. You can even use the app to book food trucks near your home or office.
Picture this: You’re craving a specific restaurant but you don’t want to leave your couch, your blanket nest or your Netflix, and the restaurant doesn’t deliver. What is a lazy foodie to do? Enter Postmates. This genius app allows you to order from virtually any restaurant or store, and a member of their fleet will pick it up and bring it directly to you. They pride themselves on delivery anywhere, from dorm rooms to the office—or to your couch.
OK, so these social channels are not food-specific apps. But they’re food-spiration. Food and food media brands, including Taste of Home, bloggers and social influencers, sure love to post their pictures, recipes and foodie inspiration for all to see. Follow us on Instagram at @tasteofhome and on Pinterest.