7 Smartphone Apps Every Foodie Should Have

If you find great joy in discovering new restaurants and eating, you are what most people would call an epicure, gastronome, or gourmand – and in urban terminology, a “foodie.”

Your interest in food is most likely not limited to personally consuming them. You probably enjoy learning about them and making them as well. Therefore, you spend a lot of time watching shows like Top Chef, Cake Boss, Bizarre Foods, and others. And for sure, you indulge on mukbang (an online audiovisual broadcast wherein a host eats large quantities of food while interacting with the audience) videos, too.

The foodie life is definitely a wonderful source of enjoyment and it is important to recognize that technology plays a huge part in sustaining such kind of life. Over the years, various apps have been developed to make the food-loving life more interesting.

So, if you are a hardcore gourmand and you are always in search of smartphone apps to support your interest in food, read on. Listed below are seven highly recommended apps for you.

1. Tender

If you are familiar with “Tinder” the dating app, Tender is a lot similar to it. Why? Because the makers of Tender were initially inspired by some features of Tinder when they thought of creating a food app.

But, Tender is better because, if you’re a foodie, you get to pick food recipes from different parts of the globe so you can easily determine what you would like to put on your menu and try for the future.

This app is actually quite helpful for people who live alone or are homemakers. Tender makes menu planning fun and grocery shopping easier. If you use a smartphone plan with a monthly Internet service, you can quickly go on Tender during your free time and plan meals on-the-go.

2. Foodspotting

This app will allow you to see images of food before you order it in a restaurant. What you get are real photos from contributors and not the dressed up versions on the menu, which tend to be misleading most of the time.

Aside from featuring real pictures of the food you are interested in, the app also includes recommendations for your future gastronomic adventures.

3. Facebook

The top social media site in the world offers loads of information on food. It contains photos, videos, news, recipes, reviews, and even directions on how to get to the dining establishments you are interested in from where you are.

You can get most of these important bits of foodie information on the go if you have a Facebook app or your phone plan includes a Facebook without Internet feature.

4. Foursquare

This app can provide foodies amazing free food and discounts. Just sign in and get everything from free coupons for appetizers to discount codes for entrees as well as other special deals at participating restaurants.

5. Chefs Feed

This is one of the most popular apps for foodies who are always looking for chef-approved dishes at certain restaurants. If you like sampling what the experts say is good, the Chefs Feed app is definitely something to download into your phone.

6. Nowait

If you like planning your food adventures, this is the app for you. The Nowait app will allow you to put yourself on the waiting list of your favorite restaurants so you no longer have to wait before being seated when you get there.

Once there’s an available table for you, the app will notify so you could come on over and order already.

7. HealthyOut

This is a free app for iPhone users, and it is worth downloading if you like to follow themes for your gastronomic quests. The HealthyOut app will help you find and order healthy restaurant meals that you can have delivered to your home or ready when you drop by the restaurant.

The app will show you the number of calories every dish has as well as other nutritional information. Filtering out your choices is easy because you can customize your search according to your specific health requirements.

“People who love to eat are always the best people,” said Julia Child.

So, what are you waiting for? Download the smartphone apps listed here because they definitely can make being the “best” person a whole lot easier.


Al-moottil P Antony is a C-Suite Executive Support Professional for Zain, a leading mobile and data services operator with a commercial footprint in 8 Middle Eastern and African countries.