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iPhone Google Maps of Chowish Destinations?

Blaine_s Sep 21, 2008 07:52 AM

I really would like to use the GPS in my iPhone to locate Choworthy destinations based on my current locations. There are a number of apps that list nearby sites based on other people's ratings like Yelp (ugh).

I'd like to do my homework, locating and mapping destinations that are what I consider Choworthy, and find which ones are close to me based on where I am at any given time.

We travel so much up and down the Eastern seaboard that there are a million times I wonder if I happen to be close to a place I really want to visit.

Any ideas?

  1. Bob Brooks Sep 21, 2008 11:40 AM

    Check out "I Want" from the Itunes app store. It's based on Yelp, but offers a very well organized search based on desired cuisine. It's free and terrific.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Bob Brooks
      Blaine_s Sep 23, 2008 10:15 AM

      I've tried that app but what it can't do is tell you nearby sites based on places *I* want to visit based on my list of choworthy locations.

      1. re: Blaine_s
        Deenso Sep 23, 2008 11:29 AM

        That's what I miss so much about Vindigo, now that I'm on an iPhone, too. I want to be able to put in an address or intersection and find listings. Every iPhone app I've tried bases its listings on where I am, rather than where I'm planning to go.

        Vindigo supposedly has its iPhone app in development and I'm on the list for an email notification, but I'm not holding my breath...

        1. re: Deenso
          yamalam Sep 23, 2008 03:04 PM

          Urbanspoon allows you to browse a city's restos by neighborhood, and from there my memory is usually jogged enough to spot places I've been meaning to try. It also lists the % of Urbanspoon users who voted they like each restaurant, which, if taken with a grain of salt, can be useful as well.

          You can make a custom Google map, and "drop pins" on locations you want to note, but that is too much work for me. I've found some blogs I trust, where the author has made a custom map of where they like to eat, but that'll take some surfing to find one for your area.

          1. re: Deenso
            Cathy Feb 10, 2010 12:43 PM

            On the iPhone Maps that comes with the phone, I just put in an intersection about 14 miles from where I am (two streets and a zip code), viewed the map of it and then hit 'search', typed in "Vietnamese Restaurants" and ten pins dropped around that location. I can then touch any of those pins and it lists the address, phone(which I can touch and it will dial for me), website and directions to or from there.

            I just typed in the word 'restaurant' and pins of kind of basically American/ generic (but no Chains) fare dropped.

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        sftruckin Mar 5, 2012 08:54 PM

        I know this is a super old thread, but if you're still looking, I just released something like this. I've wanted the same thing for a long time, and finally got around to building it. Half way through, I realized you could do some really interesting things by hooking it up to Facebook. Check it out


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