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Top 5 Apps To Find The Best Restaurants Around Los Angeles

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When I first moved to my small apartment in LA, life was hard. I had nothing except my phone, Mac and a subscription to Frontier packages that came with the apartment. There was my roommate, of course. But he was from a small town in Wisconsin and was just as overwhelmed by LA as I was. So once I had had enough of takeout Chinese foods and cold pizzas, I decided to be more discerning. The first step was to find good places to eat in LA. But where does one even begin to look?

Finding Restaurants in LA

After a few adventurous weeks of dining out in just about every place near the apartment, I was exhausted. There had to be a better way to eat than ducking into random restaurants on a slim hope. This was when I started making serious use of my phone and the internet connection at the apartment. I made a serious foray into the world of apps, looking for some good ones that would help me out. What I needed were apps that would give me some idea of a potential dining spot without running risks. After downloading and deleting tens of apps, I shortlisted the following 5:

  1. Tasteful
  2. Open Table
  3. Grubhub
  4. Starbucks
  5. Postmates


Tasteful is the ultimate game changer when you’re very particular and specific about what you eat. It allows you to search for restaurants nearby based on your food preferences. Whether you want low-carb, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or paleo food, the app has your back. Today, people are a lot more health-conscious than they were a few decades ago. People have also become more aware of common allergies and their triggers. Tasteful comes in as an app that has both areas covered, offering healthy dining options in your locality. And if you’re the type of person who eats just about everything edible, there is a search option for that too. Tasteful is an excellent app to find food to your liking near you.

Open Table

Open Table goes a step beyond finding eateries in your local area. It lets you set up and manage reservations at the restaurants of your choice. The best part of Open Table is that it has a review and rating system. This lets you know what to expect from a given restaurant. You can also look at menus, photos and much more to get a feel of the place without actually going there. Most millennials abhor picking up the phone to have a conversation with a stranger. Open Table helps by letting you make a reservation on the app from your phone without having to call.


GrubHub is a great app that lets you search for local food in your neighborhood. It is one of the most popular and easiest ways to browse different menus and eateries. Simply open the app, choose a restaurant, look at its menu and place your order. The order gets delivered right to your doorstep. What a wonderfully convenient world we live in! GrubHub has one of the largest selections of restaurants and menus in the apps on this list. GrubHub also has a website that does the same thing. In terms of convenience and variety, GrubHub is an excellent app.


While the Starbucks app doesn’t exactly search for restaurants or coffee shops near you (except Starbucks itself), it belongs here. Everybody needs their coffee fix at some point during the day. But waiting in line can be a pain in the neck, especially when the caffeine craving is strong. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could pick up your drink ready-made without standing in line? The Starbucks app does exactly that. It lets you order ahead and all you have to do is pick up your drink at the counter. Plus if you pay with your phone, you get all sorts of rewards and surprises. Who doesn’t love free coffee and refills? This app is a must-have for Starbucks regulars.


Postmates is another convenient app that lets you order food, delivered right to your doorstep. It shows you all nearby restaurants that are willing to deliver to your address. The most noticeable thing about Postmates is it lets you order a wide selection of cuisines including Chinese, Mexican, Indian, Mediterranean, and Thai food.

As someone who can’t even hold a conversation with a rep from Frontier Customer Support without awkwardness, these apps were my lifesavers. With the minimum of human hassle and confusion, these apps helped my roommate and I discover LA through food. Try out these apps if you are indecisive or in a new city where you don’t know the beat. Let us know if you know of any good food apps that aren’t on this list.

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