May 11, 2011 at 3:30 PM ET
Whether you’re trying to avoid the long line at your favorite food truck or want to order in supper that’s a step up from storefront Chinese food, these tools can help. Bon appetit!
Tapviva. Launching in June in the San Francisco Bay Area, this app allows you to place an order at participating food trucks and cafes right from your phone. When you arrive, your order will be waiting for you, instead of the other way around. (Free, available for iPhone and Android.)
GrubHub. Sick of the same old takeout? GrubHub aggregates menus from more than 13,000 restaurants in 13 cities, and organizes them into helpful categories like top-rated, delivery minimum, what time they start taking delivery orders and more. It also allows you to save past orders so you can easily reorder your favorites. (Free, available for iPhone and Android.)
VegOut. It’s a plight familiar to vegetarians everywhere — their friends plan a dinner out and they arrive to find a menu full of meat-friendly entrees, with one lone veggie dish thrown in. Enter VegOut, which lists restaurants that have vegetarian and vegan options by location. Your days of eating a paltry plate of overcooked plants are over. ($2.99, available for iPhone.)
Chewsy. There are tons of apps that allow you to rate restaurants. Chewsy goes one step further, giving users the option to rate individual menu items. Not sure what to order? Simply type in the name of the restaurant and user reviews on everything from their pork dumplings to pancetta-wrapped dates will pop up, saving you from a sour order every time. (Free, available for iPhone.)
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