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App Friday: LocalEats app makes sure you pick a good restaurant

Previously existing as an iPhone app in the US, and originally based on the website localeats.com, the iPad app has got an update and has gone global.

Although the website covered only US cities, the new app now spreads its reach to quality restaurants in 50 cities around the world.

LocalEats promise that they choose their listings by gathering “opinions of critics and local media, trusted friends, site visitors, and bloggers – emphasising locally owned favorites rather than chains.”

Compared to other restaurant finders, and directory-map apps, the specially selected restaurants come with a website link, a bit of blurb from the eatery itself, and input from people in the know, like food critics from newspapers, and TimeOut.

Given the style of LocalEats, you’re not going to discover the city’s best kept culinary secret, but the standard of the listings is high, which should mean misses are rare.

There is naturally, an integrated map to show local restaurants, and you can alter how far away you’re willing to trek for a good eat.

Within each city, you can also browse by ‘food genre’ price is set from one ‘$’ sign to five, if you’re feeling particularly flush. If you set off abroad, the city listings also come with eating tips, tipping…tips and more info to make the most of the restaurant culture at your destination, just select the info icon in the bottom right corner.

The app is easy to navigate and comes with a gently moving panorama shot of the selected city. It also comes updated with the current weather conditions- a clever touch.

LocalEats is currently a free download, though that’s set to change in the near-future. There are also plans for an international iPhone version to arrive soon.
 

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