Food Near Me

Whether we like it or not, everyone has got to eat food at some point on their travels. Sometimes it can be a hassle trying to find somewhere that doesn’t look as though the food will kill you, while at other times it can be the best part of the trip, trying the local delicacies and experiencing flavours you never knew existed. However, when you first arrive in a new country or city, how do you know where to go? How can you separate the hidden gems from the tourist hotspots? What will you do when you get a suddenly craving for Chinese food in the middle of Mexico City? There really is nothing worse than being stranded in an unfamiliar place, hungry and clueless of where to grab a bite to eat.

 

Our list of traveller food resources includes the seven best websites and smartphone applications to prepare you for a trip away, be it the neighbouring city or the other side of the world. They range from tools for viewing availability and booking tables at restaurants to ones featuring thousands of reviews for cafes, bars, takeaways and luxury dining, on everything from the decor to the quality of desserts. The list was compiled by taking into account a wide variety of factors and highlighting the characteristics that set the resource apart from the rest. The pros and cons are laid out in an easy-to-read set of bullet points at the end of each review, so you can quickly scan over them to get a sense of what to expect.

 

One of the first features that was considered when reviewing each of the platforms was the search tools available. When looking for places to eat, it is imperative that factors such as budget, cuisine, dietary requirements, opening hours and meal type they provide (breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or dessert) are all made available as filters so that users can narrow down results to quickly find somewhere that matches their preferences. There is little sense in displaying dozens of Thai restaurants in the centre of London if all you’re after is a cake and some coffee, particularly if you are in a rush and do not have the time to scroll through all the various choices. Therefore, a good selection of filter options that can really pinpoint exactly what users are after undoubtedly makes for a more comprehensive traveller food resource, with platforms such as TripAdvisor and Foursquare coming out on top with regards to this feature.

 

Another significant factor that was considered when assessing different platforms was their review system. The final word of guidebooks, newspapers and magazines has become a thing of the past due to the arrival of user-based reviews, giving customers the power to influence the success (or indeed failure) of an establishment with just a few short sentences. Many also allow users to upload their own photos to go alongside their reviews in order to challenge the perception of the food presented by the restaurant’s own professional photographs. However, one issue that also had to factored in when evaluating review systems was the legitimacy of the reviews themselves. TripAdvisor, for example, has been especially criticised in the past for not verifying user feedback, with the most famous example an establishment in Dulwich that became the number-one rated restaurant in London, despite the fact it did not exist. Hence, other services like OpenTable and ResDiary, which require customers to have booked the restaurant via their platform before allowing them to leave comments, make for much more reliable reviews from people who have actually visited the place.

This leads onto the next feature that was evaluated, which was the ability to book tables directly through the platform. No longer do you have to be able to speak Spanish to secure a place at a busy tapas restaurant, nor walk halfway across town the day before to make sure you get a spot at the popular new Italian pizzeria; with online table booking you can quickly and simply view availability, select a time slot and make your reservation. This is an innovative system which still appears to still be in its early stages as restaurant owners seem to be reluctant to detach themselves from traditional methods of making a booking. This means that the selection of establishments available on apps such as ResDiary are fairly limited, with just 9,000 places to choose from and, therefore, despite their more reliable verified user reviews, they do not have the scope that TripAdvisor have when it comes to choosing where to eat. That being said, it is still a fantastic free tool for travellers to have available to them, particularly, as mentioned, when the language barrier or distance becomes a stumbling block to reserving a table at a great restaurant.

 

Rewards schemes are nearly always considered a bonus when assessing any service, be it for hotels, flights, cruises, or indeed, traveller food resources. They offer benefits to loyal customers, who can collect points with each booking and earn free items in return. Although they are ultimately created as an incentive to keep people coming back so that companies can make more money, there are generally no downsides to the customers themselves, who in most cases are getting something for nothing without having to pay for membership etcetera. OpenTable’s Rewards Program, for example, allows customers to collect points on bookings, with some offering more than others, that can in turn be redeemed for Amazon vouchers or used to get discounts on associated restaurants. TheFork, meanwhile, has a scheme that lets users gain ‘Yums’ when booking for partner establishments, 1000 Yums equalling $10 USD off the total of a meal. This sets these services apart from traditional methods of booking, which do not usually include such a rewards scheme and were therefore considered to be a significant factor when assessing each site.

 

As well as user interface and functionality, relevant aspects to make note of when reviewing any digital resource, the presence of a blog was also taken into account. For example, ResDiary includes in its service a very informative blog that features a variety of articles on different restaurants, as well as high quality photos of the property and links to book a table via the website. These are submitted by various writers who have been to the restaurants and hence provide authentic and inspiring suggestions for where to go to grab a bite to eat. Factors such as value for money, quality of ingredients, presentation and even decor are all included in the detailed reviews, providing a good resource for independent guides across a variety of food outlets.

 

Knowing where to eat is an essential aspect of any traveller’s plans and therefore having the right resources to do so can never be overlooked. You could have all your transport, accommodation and itineraries planned to the nth degree, yet if you suddenly find yourself in a strange place with an empty stomach, you won’t be able to fully enjoy your trip. For that reason, our list outlining the top seven resources for finding restaurants, booking tables, reading reviews and viewing photos is an essential tool for anyone planning a trip away who enjoys eating good food, trying local cuisine and wants to avoid getting ripped off at the tourist hotspots. We have vetted each site and smartphone application to make sure that we only provide the very best of the bunch, taking into account all the mentioned factors to bring travellers the ultimate food-related resources.

Amazing for Domestic and Authentic Food Experiance
Reserve Your Table In Any Restaurant Worldwide
Great for booking restaurants in Europe
Get The Best Tabel Nearby
Best places to eat and drink at one place
Restaurant Table Booking
Searching for somewhere to grab a bite is easy on Bookatable
Foodpanda has all sorts of cuisine on offer, while its platform is easy to use
Slick website with interactive map

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