It’s Time You Ditch Foursquare and Yelp for ChefsFeed

July 9, 2015

8:00 pm

Disclosure: I love food. Obviously, I know I’m not alone in this passion, but the desire to stuff tasty eats down my gullet exceeds that of an imaginary crossbreed between Liz Lemon and a brontosaurus (presuming, here, that a brontosaurus must eat constantly in order to sustain energy for its massive body). Regardless of my self-enforced delusion that I’m on a diet, my actions towards the pursuit of food suggests otherwise, and usually find myself on Yelp or Foursquare checking out where to find my next meal. And, now, with ChefsFeed‘s revamped platform, it seems that it may be time for me to rethink the way I approach restaurant discovery – so should you.

ChefsFeed provides food lovers with recommendations on the best dishes and the best restaurants in your local city by getting reviews and commentary from top chefs. Looking for the best fried chicken in, say, Philadelphia, PA or Arlington, VA? Simply search for “fried chicken” on ChefsFeed’s web platform or mobile app, and you’ll get results on the best local restaurants serving friend chicken based on chef reviews.

ChefsFeed Web Screenshot

(ChefsFeed)

Today, the company announced a complete revamp of their website and mobile application, adding much-needed improvements in functionality as well as a new, streamlined design. What’s more, ChefsFeed now offers real-time content that will be published on its platform by top chefs and ChefsFeed staff. Really, you can think of this new ChefsFeed as a kind of Eater-meets-Foursquare, where you can find captivating videos and stories by and from chefs, engaging content from others in the food and restaurant industry, and a search tool for restaurant discovery that gives you similar functionality to ones offered by Foursquare and Yelp, except…better, in some ways.

While I don’t advise totally getting rid of Foursquare or Yelp as tools for restaurant discovery, the two platforms are honestly sometimes just too much. What I mean by this is that there’s simply an overload of information sometimes when you’re trying to find someplace good to eat; too many reviews, too many tips, and too much bullshit.  Think about it: how many times have you wanted to check out a certain restaurant only to be dissuaded once you read a handful of negative reviews on Yelp or saw that the place only has an 7.4 score on Foursquare? Through ChefsFeed, you can make choices based on what top chefs are saying as opposed to random strangers who don’t even know what ramps are.

The new ChefsFeed website is up now, and you can download the new app for iOS or Android. Currently the service is available in 57 cities around the world, including Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Boulder, CO; Honolulu, HI; Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; London, UK; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Montreal, CAN; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Toronto, CAN; and Washington, DC.

Check out the new ChefsFeed now.

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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