The App Review: ROC National Diners' Guide

February 10, 2015

Each week we review a food related app. This week it’s ROC National Diners' Guide - find out what the Lempert Report thought.

What it says it does: ROC National Diners Guide: A consumer guide on the working condition of American restaurants. The app provides information on the wage, benefits, and promotion practices of the 150 most popular restaurants in America - from Red Lobster to Subway to Chipotle. The Guide also lists responsible restaurants in several major US cities where you can eat knowing that your server can afford to pay their rent and your cook does not have to work while sick.

Current cities include Detroit, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Miami, Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC.

What it actually does: The app lets you search nearby High Road restaurants or restaurants that are treating their staff fairly – all of the various requirements are laid out clearly in the app, so you’ll learn as you search of what’s average and above average in terms of how workers are treated and paid. Participate in building the app by surveying restaurants and reporting back to ROC directly through the app. Users can also Tweet to restaurants about their working conditions and encourage more responsible employer practices. You can even set your preferences and get rankings of the most popular restaurants in America

How useful is the information for target audience?: If you are interested in fair work wages, paid sick days and a positive workplace culture, this app is for you. And now that you know it exists, you’ve got to check it out!

Ease of use: The app is easy to use and educates you along the way about fair practices in restaurants.

Who would best benefit from the app?: If you are interested not only in delicious food, but a positive restaurant culture, where staff is treated fairly, this is the app for you.

Cost: Free
Rating: 95/100
Visual: 14 (1-15)
Usability: 13 (1-15)
Content: 23 (1-25)
Usefulness: 25 (1-25)
Value: 10 (1- 10)
Options: 10 (1- 10)

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