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How do you save a list of restaurants to try?

This question has been on my mind so I thought I would ask others how they save lists of restaurants that they want to try. I will see many great suggestions on this board, from friends, reviews online, etc. but then can't seem to think of any when it comes time to try something new. Happen to you?

Ideally it would be something with mobile capabilities (Droid) for me - I'm currently debating Yelp bookmarks. What do you use? Thank you for your input!

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  1. I was going to recommend Catch, but they're dropping the service, so I'm looking for a replacement, ideally something that will work on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android.

    1. I use an app called WorkFlowy, which is really a generalized task-list kind of app. It allows for different categories of task, and I just have one entitled "restaurants to try." It has a phone app that syncs with a website. Very simple.

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      1. re: afdawson

        Looks pretty cool, I'll check it out. Thanks for the suggestion.

      2. Yelp bookmarks are great. You can use the "what's nearby" feature on your phone to quickly see the bookmarks that are nearest to where you are in the city.

        One major caveat though! The iPhone and Android yelp apps do not understand the concept of bookmark "notes" (I usually type in a few notes when at home on my laptop about which dish to try). You won't see these notes in your phone AND if you accidentally click the "bookmark" icon in the app (easy to do) it will forever erase your note without confirmation.

        I avoid that bookmark icon as best as I can, and when I want to read my notes on what to order, I click through to the "full site" in my phone to read them. That part is a pain, but the "whats nearby" feature is too killer not to use.

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        1. re: sfchris

          I agree Yelp bookmarks are great, along with the mapping feature to see which one of your bookmarks are nearby.

          1. re: sfchris

            I use Yelp bookmarks too. Very easy, whatever you think about their ratings system.

            1. re: sfchris

              Is there some way to view the list of bookmarks in the Yelp Android app? If there is I can't find it.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                Make sure you actually installed the app and are not just using the mobile web page.

                The first page that loads on the Yelp app has 9 icons on it. One of them is "Bookmarks". As mentioned "Sort by distance to me" is a great to see which ones are closest.

                As I said, be careful about disabling and then reenabling a bookmark from this app. If you do that, it will destroy any "notes" you took in your bookmark.

                1. re: sfchris

                  Thanks, that looks pretty useful. Somehow I already have ten or so bookmarks. I don't remember ever knowing about or using that feature.

            2. I created a database, which I keep on my computer at home and also on my iPhone. I can edit it from either platform and sync the two via WiFi. I usually copy the important details (name, location, hours, etc.) and maybe a few sentences from the review or board post that caught my attention, so I can remember what's supposed to be good. I can search or sort it by city, neighborhood, cuisine, or other keywords. At the moment, I'm up to 250 records.

              I created this originally in Filemaker Pro, but the updates to that were getting too expensive. Then Apple released Bento, which is a cheap, simple database app with fewer bells and whistles than Filemaker, but plenty for my purpose. I use that currently. Bento is available for Mac OS, iPhone and iPad, but sorry, not for Windows or Android (but take a look here for an app that promises to be a lot like it on the Android platform http://techtwisted.com/android-databa... ). I promise you, you do NOT have to be all that computer savvy to work with Bento.

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              1. re: MsMaryMc

                I checked out that article that talks about Memento which sounds very cool. Supposed to be the comparable to Bento. This sounds pretty cool for other reasons too so I will definitely check it out!

              2. "I will see many great suggestions on this board, from friends, reviews online, etc. but then can't seem to think of any when it comes time to try something new."

                I'm 52, pretty tech savvy and use various apps to keep lists, etc. But you know what else works pretty well? A piece of paper and a pen. Keep them near the computer or on the coffee table or wherever, and just write down the name of a restaurant when one you are interested in presents itself. Soon enough, you'll have a list. :)

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                1. re: ttoommyy

                  Hi ttoommyy, this made me laugh out loud, or LOL, in tech savvy terms! I love it, a paper and pen - who would have guessed. I was just wondering if I was missing out on some cool app for such a list.

                  1. re: bellemdm

                    I knew that was at the heart of your post. :)

                    I, too, keep thinking "there must be an app for this" whenever I find myself doing a task the "old school" way, but sometimes that way is just fine. Unless you are considering building a serious data base of information; then I can see the advantages of an app or computer program to help.

                  2. re: ttoommyy

                    The problem with paper is that it's near the computer when I'm at the coffee table, on the coffee table when I'm at the computer, and at home when I'm out and want to find a restaurant.

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Think of all the restaurants we missed out on before we had electronic devices and had to rely on pen and paper. The horrors!!! :)

                      (just being silly; no snarkiness meant at all)