5 Apps for Picking a Restaurant on Your Next Road Trip

Road trips are a lot of fun. No matter where you are headed, they offer an exciting way to see new places and spend time with friends. Before heading out on a road trip, it is always a good idea to prepare. After packing lists, boxes of games, and a good playlist, you need to think about food to eat. While it is smart to bring snacks for the road, you also want to think about stopping at a restaurant. Here are the apps that will make the job of deciding where to eat on the road so much easier.

Zomato

You’ve probably seen their website, but did you know that Zomato has an app as well? Much like their website, Zomato’s app will show you all of the local eateries by type, from classic American joints to funkier fusion spots. It also shows you breweries, coffee shops, and farmer’s markets, if you need a quick pick-me-up. Every restaurant is shown using Urbanspoon’s old rating system. Eat up!

Food Tripping

If you want to bypass the fast food joints that dot every highway off-ramp for something more substantial and better for your body, Food Tripping is perfect for you. Using a growing database constantly updated by local eaters, Food Tripping gives you recommendations for the best authentic and healthy regional cuisines.

OpenTable

If you already have a good idea of what you want to eat for dinner, try OpenTable. Simply search for a restaurant to see if they have an “open table,” make a reservation, and show up with an appetite. If you’re less certain of what you want for dinner, you can search all local eateries, or locations by style or price, to find the perfect meal for tonight.

iExit

Planning on taking the next exit? If you’re driving along a major highway, use the iExit app to see any restaurant at the next exit. You’ll get a quick breakdown based on price and speed, as well as distance from the exit. This is perfect for anyone looking to get a quick bite to eat before getting back on the open road.

Along The Way

Just planning a short road outing for maybe a day or two? Do you have your whole route planned out? Input your route into Along The Way. The app will recommend the bars, bistros, and eateries-whatever you need to get recharged before heading out again. You don’t have to worry about wading through tons of recommendations way outside of your travel area.

Wherever your travels may lead you, if you get hungry, try one of these apps! You just might find the perfect restaurant or bar to satiate your hunger and get you back to your road trip with no time lost.