“Where should we go?”
“I don’t know, but I need to eat… Now.”
College students are notorious for picking one restaurant or bar and sticking with it, but why not explore all of the great food and drink options that college towns and city campuses have to offer? Apps are the perfect platform to find great new places to eat, drink and be merry. Check out this list of free apps to help guide you through the food in your area.
When you’re looking for a tasty but cheap restaurant:
Urbanspoon is super user friendly. It’s home screen allows you to reserve a table and find new restaurants, including “Bargain Gems” located nearby. You can narrow searches by cuisine, time of day and price point. Want to take a risk on dinner tonight? The app’s “shake” feature finds random, highly rated, restaurants through a quick shake of your phone.
When your parents are in town:
Chefs Feed features dishes rated by chefs in your area. Each dish is accompanied by a mouth-watering picture, distance from your current location and price point. It’s perfect for finding dishes to impress your parents, no matter what city you’re in.
When you need a new “go to” bar:
Sometimes all you want is a drink. DrinkedIn finds fun bars near you. Each bar has extensive descriptions of the atmosphere and the quality of drinks. The app also lets you know about deals nearby and will soon allow you to call a cab through their “take me home” feature.
When it’s your turn to be the bartender:
Mixology features a plethora of drink recipes, ratings and pictures to make sure you mix the best drinks at any party. You can search for drinks by category, ratings or ingredients. The app also has tips and tricks in case you want to get fancy.
When you’re being anti-social:
Ramen is a staple in every college dorm, but it can get real boring, real fast. This app is laden with quick, easy recipes to spice up your ramen. With inventive dishes like “Pepperoni Ramen Pizza” and “Ramen Marinara,” Rockin Ramen is the perfect accompaniment to a “stay in and watch Gilmore Girls” kind of night.
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