Appy Meals

It seems like we rely on apps for everything from the weather to traffic, so why not rely on apps to help you find or cook food? We’ve tested six apps that will make finding a place to eat out or a recipe to cook at home an easy decision. Download and you’ll be on your way to a satisfying meal!

Eating Out

OpenTable- There’s no easier way to make a reservation than through OpenTable, as long as the restaurant is on the app. A fun fact- when you’re looking on OpenTable and you can’t find the time you want, check back in an hour. Sometimes restaurants open more reservation slots as the day goes on. OpenTable is far-reaching into the Atlanta metro area, where you can book a reservation in outlying cities such as Dahlonega or Athens.

Scoutmob- While it’s not just a dining app, Scoutmob relies on local experts to seek out restaurants that are worth discovering, so you can rest assured knowing that any option in the app has been vetted. Be sure to read the descriptions of the restaurants to get insider tips on dishes to order and even personal stories about the owners. You can search by neighborhood or nearby locations, and in general every restaurant deal offers 50 percent off a meal.

ChefsFeed- Ever wanted to know where Atlanta’s chefs eat when they’re not cooking? The ChefsFeed app pulls together insider guides of chef’s favorite dining spots around the country. The app’s geo-location “Feed Me” section allows you to find chef-recommended spots that are closest to you. A few of Atlanta’s chefs that have shared their favorite dishes at local restaurants include Ford Fry, Kevin Gillespie, Kevin Rathbun and Steven Satterfield. A click on their profile allows you to get insider updates on their own restaurant’s news and you’ll find a list of reviews from their must-have dishes in the city.

Eating in

Epicurious- This is a perfect app for finding recipes that you want to cook for a dinner party or nicer meal. The recipes are sourced from Bon Appetit, SELF, and even the much missed Gourmet magazine. In addition to step-by-step recipes, the app includes how-to videos, ingredient round-ups and a “smart timer” that gives instructions on cooking time and temperature for specific foods.

Hello Vino- Take the fear out of selecting wine and instead rely on this app. Whether you want to pair wine with pizza or Chinese takeout, the “Wine with Food” section lets you select from common dishes and gives a varietal to pair with, as well as both Wine Spectator-rated and value bottles to buy. Pay a premium price to scan wine labels on the spot to find out tasting notes and pairing suggestions. The app’s “Wine for Occasion” section is a companion to help find the best bottle for a date night or even a gift.

Kitchen stories- If you’re a visual learner, this app is for you! Most of its recipes are showcased by short, step-by-step videos and user-rated recipes. Head to the “How To” section for short videos that detail each instruction of the recipe. Always wanted to see how you should really knead dough? Or how to make crushed ice for cocktails? It’s all here. Seeing someone else prepare the recipe before you makes a picture-perfect dish possible.