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10 iPhone Apps For Foodies

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - A hurricane wrought havoc on the East Coast last week, but Sandy has finally swept away. After widespread outages, power is finally back (for most). This means it's . time to go back to work It also means that your favorite restaurants are open again!

After surviving on non-perishable food for days, just about any hot meal probably sounds tasty right now. But why have a B meal when you could be eating an A? It's a good thing there's an app for that. (And by "app," we don't mean appetizer).

Whether you plan to go out on the town or over to the dinner table, there are countless apps to help you maximize your food happiness. Social media and review sites can help you figure out where to eat out. Cooking guides and delivery services can help you enjoy something delectable at home.

But not all apps are created equal. Here's TheStreet's top Apple(AAPL) iPhone apps for food lovers.


Yelp(YELP) is a user-generated reviews site, which went public earlier this year.

It's on this list since it's a must-have for any foodie. With over 30 million reviews, Yelp can help you determine where to eat and what to eat. Sort results by neighborhood, price, and cuisine to find exactly what you need. Restaurant photos are available as well. Sure, there's always the possibility of fake reviews, but those are easy to spot, right?

With location-based check-ins, Yelp now competes with Foursquare. (I mean, why eat at a 5 star restaurant if you can't brag about it to your friends)? And akin to Groupon(GRPN) , Yelp offers deals (which makes sense, because you should probably check Yelp before buying a deal on Groupon anyway).

The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Chefs Feed

Chefs Feed is another app with restaurant reviews similar to Yelp, but unlike Yelp, Chefs Feed reviews are done by experts. Use the "Feed Me Now" feature to find nearby chef-approved dishes. Examples include Chef Gabriel Kreuther recommending a steak from Keens, and Daniel Humm recommending the pasta at Ai Fiori. Having eaten these meals, I can confirm that they have good taste!

The app has a social media component as well. Follow your favorite chefs to keep tabs on their favorite dishes. And follow friends to see what they have on their plate. Feeling food envy? The app lets you bookmark ideas for later. And it syncs with OpenTable(OPEN) , so you can make reservations right away.

The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and requires iOS 5 or later.


Are you overwhelmed by all the food choices out there? Don't stick a fork in it. Forkly is a social media app that connects you with friends and nearby foodies, in an effort to help you find your favorite bites. Follow friends and food experts to discover nearby eateries.