Popular restaurant finder Urbanspoon, with its trademark slot machine-style spinner, has undergone a massive overhaul and the result is an incredibly robust eating app. The shake-to-spin function is still present in the version for iPhone and iPod Touch, but now the app has added multiple filtering aspects for finding your next meal.
The home page features editorial lists to help you find the best of the best options in your city. Selections are pulled from Eater, Urbanspoon’s own top picks, and Michelin-starred and James Beard Foundation award winners and nominees, for example.
If you don’t already have an Urbanspoon account you’ll want to register. The app now offers a wishlist feature for you to keep track of places where you mean to dine in the future. This integrates with the new maps that displays restaurants sortable by name, user rating and price. You can also filter by cuisine. The map typically uses your current location to display nearby restaurants, but you can search by name or re-drop the location anywhere you want by tapping the GPS arrow.
Account users can also access Urbanspoon’s Dineline, a meal tracker for inputting where you ate, when you ate it and how much you spent. There’s also a place to upload photos of your food or make notes. This feature is shareable on Facebook and a nice way to keep track of your culinary history.
Current Urbanspoon users should love the upgrades. If you haven’t had a chance to use the app yet, now is a great time to start. Eat up.