Best New Mashups: Apps for Foodies

Adam DuVander
Feb. 09 2011, 12:00PM EST

If you're in a new city and want some grub, how do you decide where to go? Many of us use Yelp or other review sites. Others want a way to cut through the cruft. That's where these mashups come in. Each one finds a different way to locate restaurants to try, either through curation, semantic analysis or simply where there are deals.

  • You're in a new city, you've only got a day or two and you're obsessed with food. You don't want to gamble on random choices, nor do you want to wade through the 372 recommended restaurants on TripAdvisor or WikiTravel. What if a local food guru wrote up their top choices for the best foods to try, the best market to hit, the best shot of espresso, the best pint in town? What if you had a personal food guide, someone you trust, showing you each of the must-hit spots? ThatÂ’s what is: the shortlist for a city, curated by a local food geek. APIs: Flickr, Google Maps. More at our profile.

  • dishtip: dishtip is a new kind of semantic mashup that performs a deep analysis of millions of web based-reviews, photos and content to determine the best dishes for a given location and where to eat them. It uses a multifaceted classification scheme to analyze multiple data points about user sentiments, dishes, ingredients, cuisines and then offers suggestions.

    APIs: AddThis Menu, Facebook Social Plugins, Google Analytics, Google Chart, Google Geocoding, Google Maps, Google OpenID, Google Single SignOn, Google Static Maps. More at our dishtip profile.

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  • Snoopf: Snoopf helps you find restaurant coupons and gift cards for diners and eateries in over sixty different food types at restaurants nation wide. Search by cuisine or location to find delicious food, great deals, restaurant hours, locations and coupons for restaurants near you. APIs: Google AdSense, Google Maps, Yelp. More at our Snoopf profile.
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    Adam DuVander -- Adam heads developer relations at Orchestrate, a database-as-a-service company. He's spent many years analyzing APIs and developer tools. Previously he worked at SendGrid, edited ProgrammableWeb and wrote for Wired and Webmonkey. Adam is also the author of mapping API cookbook Map Scripting 101.