Each week we review a food related app. This week it’s Urbanspoon – find out what the Lempert Report thought.
What it says it does: Can't decide where to eat? Urbanspoon can help. Shake your iPhone and the Urbanspoon slot machine will suggest a restaurant. Discover great new places to eat. See what's nearby in your 'hood, or browse a comprehensive list of restaurants. Make a reservation, and expand your dineline by checking in. See what your friends like.
What it actually does: Urbanspoon helps users decide where to eat, with various features making it as easy as possible to find exactly what you are looking for, or what fits your specific criteria. Whether it's location, price, cuisine, or more, Urbanspoon helps you find it. You can view restaurants in a map view or see a list of all nearby eateries. The app even allows you to make reservations and keep track of what you liked and disliked. What about ratings? Urbanspoon allows you to compare restaurant picks with your friends as well as ratings and reviews from newspapers, bloggers, and fellow eaters.
How useful is the information for target audience?: If you are in a new location or just looking for a restaurant suggestion to fit your criteria, Urbanspoon is a very useful straightforward app.
Ease of use: Urbanspoon is fun and easy to use. Each feature is clearly laid out and the "slot machine” is especially fun.
Who would best benefit from the app?: If you are traveling, looking for new restaurant suggestions in your area or just wanting to keep track of what you liked and disliked in the restaurants you've visited, Urbanspoon is for you.
Rating: 4 of 5