Dining Archive

170,000+ Recipes BigOven

As the name indicates, this cook book app by BigOven has more recipes than you can possibly make.  You can search through this enormous collection of recipes by ingredient or course (main dish, side, dessert, etc…).  Once you select a recipe, BigOven presents you with a list of all the necessary ingredients, as well as instructions on how to fully prepare them.   Additionally, you can view ratings and read user reviews on each recipe.  By signing up for a free account, you can save your favorites and browse bigoven.com.  Bonus feature – Leftover Wizard, which will combine ingredients you put in to give you the best possible meal.  BigOven is a great app for the at home chef, or anyone trying to impress with their cooking.


OpenTable is the perfect app for those that like to go out to eat.  By selecting a date, time, and party size, you can make reservations at pretty much any restaurant that takes them.  By inputing your selections, OpenTable will present you with your preferred number of options, each with a distance from you, price range, and cuisine category.  Once you pick out a resteraunt, you can select a time slot from the available options and make a reservation.  If you create a free account, that’s all you have to do; if not, you must also type in your name and number.

If you are unsure of a restaurant, you can read a blurb about it, get info on parking, read extensive user reviews and ratings (even has noise level rating), and look at a full menu.  The easy-to-use user interface also allows you to search by location or restaurant name.  If you sign up for an account, you can gain reward points netting you coupons.  OpenTable is a great app that lets you make reservations without any hassle.  This is a must download for those that frequently partake in fine dining.


Urbanspoon is a great app if you have trouble deciding on a place to ear, or if you just want to try out some new places.  Utilizing a slot-machine style user interface, Urbanspoon presents you with three variables – location, cuisine, and price.  You can lock any or all of them, then shake your phone.  The unlocked categories will be randomized, and a restaurant fitting the criteria will pop up.  You can then see the percentage of people who like the restaurant, get directions, or call the restaurant with the push of a button.  Additionally, you can read user reviews or look at a menu.

If you are completely unsure of your dining options, you can search by distance from you, or browse by a handful of other filters.  Furthermore, you can even search by word.  By searching for steak, Urbanspoon will pull up the top 10 steakhouses in the area, the 10 closest steakhouses, and the number of steakhouses in each nearby neighborhood.  Urbanspoon is a fantastic restaurant finding application that is great for people who frequently debate over where to go or the adventurous type looking to try new places.

Hungry! Shoplist

Hungry! Shoplist is for the always dedicated, yet sometimes forgetful food shopper.  This app will allow you to make a fully customizable shopping list with little effort.  You can sort through the preloaded list by food group of alphabetically.  Additionally, you can add specific items you frequently purchase to the main selection pool.  By checking an item, you add it to your list.  Once you go shopping, simply pull up your list.  Once you add the item to your physical cart, select it on your list and it will disappear.  Hungry! Shoplist is simple to use, and will ensure that you get everything on your list without skipping over that small, yet consequential ingredient.  Download if you want an easy to use grocery shopping list.