Ever been on the road and wanted to check out a restaurant’s menu before actually physically going in? Of course you could do some research online beforehand but what if you just left the client site or hotel and was looking for a place to eat with decent selection and prices?
Well if you have an iPhone you are in luck! I recently checked out a new app for the iPhone called Unimenu. It’s main goal is to be able to look up menus for restaurants in an easy manner. You can view a restaurant’s location/address, look at what items they offer with prices, and directly call the restaurant from the app. Additionally, it has some neat features as well.
Let’s say I’m craving some Japanese food in LA. I can filter by cuisine in LA (it locates the metro area I’m in automatically) and select the “Near Me” button. It then lists out the closest 10 restaurants near me serving Japanese cuisine, which then I can look at each menu and restaurant information accordingly.
Also, if ever you find yourself ordering from the same restaurant frequently, you can add that restaurant’s menu to your favorites and you’ll always have it handy, even if you don’t get any reception from crappy AT&T (or T-Mobile).
Lastly, I think the most creative feature of the app is the ability to add specific items from a menu or menus to a list, afterwards which you can email out if need be. This is particular handy if you are ordering for a big group of people: you can just pass around your iPhone and have people select what they want. Of course, you may want to wipe down your iPhone after you get it back. One day I hope they come up with an iPhone app that de-sanitizes the phone.
Right now the app supports New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Chicago (the app also allows you to filter by neighborhoods specific to those cities). I do most of my traveling between New York (city of blinding lights), SF (I left my heart there), LA (California dreamin’), and Chicago (my kind of town) so this app is perfect for me (who’d wanna go anywhere else anyhow?). They also have a corresponding website at www.unimenu.com for those without iPhones. So for all of you who have ever walked into an unknown restaurant and been caught off guard by the prices or selection of the menu, check this app out.