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Top Android App: urbanspoon

Not sure where or maybe what you want to eat?  Grab urbanspoon (yes, it’s all lowercase), the highly popular app now available on Android. Note: currently only available to Android 2.0+

  • Version: 1.03
  • Size: 412KB
  • Category: Tools
  • Price: Free

urbanspoon allows you to select dining by location, cuisine, cost, popularity and “features” (e.g. if delivery is available).  The entry display features the “shake” screen made famous in the Apple ads.  With it, you can choose to lock any of the three slot wheels seen above, or let the app choose all three for you.  You can either press the shake button or literally shake your phone to spin the wheels (hey, that’s half the fun of using this thing).

Here’s a result screen from the shake option.

If you want to be more specific in your choice, you can navigate to the browse option and look at results by proximity, city, or choose a more specific way of searching.

When you finally do make a choice, you’re presented with a synopsis of the facility, as well as reviews and other results.  One of the cool features is a rating screen.  When you select a restaurant, if you click the food style under the “Menu” section, you can find a percentage rating of comparable restaurants.

There really are far too many features to cover in this short review, so go collect this sharp little app and spend some time clicking around in it.


  • Simple to use
  • Variety of search methods
  • Covers USA, Canada, UK and Australia
  • Allows users to add their own review

Areas for improvement:

  • Can’t save favorite picks
  • Doesn’t actually deliver the food

Conclusion: Essential app for the road!

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