Chefs Feed: Pro Dining Tips in Your Pocket
This iPhone app shares where the chefs eat.user rating
Never again will you be at a loss for where to eat when you download Chefs Feed, the first chef-driven restaurant guide to the best food cities in the U.S. Free from iTunes (versions for Android and BlackBerry are on the way), this clever app let’s you know where the pros go to eat when they’re not cooking up a storm. They even recommend specific orders. Even if you’re not planning to eat out, it’s fun to watch your favorite chef’s eating habits.
With recommendations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C., (Houston, Portland, Atlanta, Miami, Austin, Dallas, and Las Vegas are all on deck), your bases are covered when it comes to finding the best places to eat in these food-forward cities.
The app’s “Feed Me Now” option pulls up choices near your current location. When looking up Fish Hot Pot in New York City, a suggestion from David Chang of the Momofuku empire of restaurants popped up: “Go to the Seventh Avenue location of mini-chain Grand Sichuan and order the fish and sour cabbage in little hot wok”—even adding an extra tip: “Order it without fish, then add pork, chicken and noodles—it’s much better this way.” Find out where Stephanie Izard likes to get pulled pork in Chicago, or which restaurant Thomas Keller of world-renowned The French Laundry gets a pastrami sandwich. Choose “Their Favorite Dishes” to sort by food type or, for even more fun, check out the “Live Feed,” which pulls Facebook and Twitter posts from the big names to see what they’re just discovering. You’ll feel like you’re just a step down from actually dining with the famed chefs.
With more than 100 contributing chefs, Chefs Feed has an impressive collection of culinary luminaries ready to point you in the right direction. With the best chefs in the country right in your pocket, it’s time to go eat like one. —Denise Shoukas