10 iPhone Apps For Foodies

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - A hurricane wrought havoc on the East Coast last week, but Sandy has finally swept away. After widespread outages, power is finally back (for most). This means it's . time to go back to work It also means that your favorite restaurants are open again!

After surviving on non-perishable food for days, just about any hot meal probably sounds tasty right now. But why have a B meal when you could be eating an A? It's a good thing there's an app for that. (And by "app," we don't mean appetizer).

Whether you plan to go out on the town or over to the dinner table, there are countless apps to help you maximize your food happiness. Social media and review sites can help you figure out where to eat out. Cooking guides and delivery services can help you enjoy something delectable at home.

But not all apps are created equal. Here's TheStreet's top Apple ( AAPL) iPhone apps for food lovers.

Yelp

Yelp ( YELP) is a user-generated reviews site, which went public earlier this year.

It's on this list since it's a must-have for any foodie. With over 30 million reviews, Yelp can help you determine where to eat and what to eat. Sort results by neighborhood, price, and cuisine to find exactly what you need. Restaurant photos are available as well. Sure, there's always the possibility of fake reviews, but those are easy to spot, right?

With location-based check-ins, Yelp now competes with Foursquare. (I mean, why eat at a 5 star restaurant if you can't brag about it to your friends)? And akin to Groupon ( GRPN), Yelp offers deals (which makes sense, because you should probably check Yelp before buying a deal on Groupon anyway).

The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Chefs Feed

Chefs Feed is another app with restaurant reviews similar to Yelp, but unlike Yelp, Chefs Feed reviews are done by experts. Use the "Feed Me Now" feature to find nearby chef-approved dishes. Examples include Chef Gabriel Kreuther recommending a steak from Keens, and Daniel Humm recommending the pasta at Ai Fiori. Having eaten these meals, I can confirm that they have good taste!

The app has a social media component as well. Follow your favorite chefs to keep tabs on their favorite dishes. And follow friends to see what they have on their plate. Feeling food envy? The app lets you bookmark ideas for later. And it syncs with OpenTable ( OPEN), so you can make reservations right away.

The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and requires iOS 5 or later.

Forkly

Are you overwhelmed by all the food choices out there? Don't stick a fork in it. Forkly is a social media app that connects you with friends and nearby foodies, in an effort to help you find your favorite bites. Follow friends and food experts to discover nearby eateries.

Equipped with pics, reviews and ratings, Forkly helps you determine your next feast. You can also bookmark "wants," helping plan your next meal.

Most importantly, the free app lets you show off your foodie status by giving you points for being an influential "tastemaker." People should consult with you before deciding what to eat!

The app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and requires iOS 5 or later.

Foodspotting

Foodspotting is basically food porn, a practice used to tempt people to eat certain dishes. This user-generated app does just that. Inviting images, like the lamb burger at The Breslin, are hard to resist.

You can use the app to gawk at good-looking food, and participate as well. Foodspotting encourages you to be a food paparazzi. "Spot" desirable food items and take photos for the world to see. But with a point system based on the quality of your "sightings," it's your "reputation" on the line.

The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later.

OpenTable

If you haven't used OpenTable yet, what are you waiting for? The restaurant reservations site is a badly kept secret. Boasting that they've facilitated over 350 million meals, OpenTable went public in 2009.

The website is helpful for hassle-free advanced booking, but the location-enabled app is great for finding restaurants with available tables right now. Read reviews and book a last-minute dinner for two! OpenTable has over 20,000 restaurants to choose from.

OpenTable users can earn dining dollars for keeping reservations and eating at unpopular times. Thankfully, OpenTable recognizes that being a foodie can be expensive!

The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and requires iOS 5 or later.

Eat St.

Forget about finding a table if you're buying lunch from a food truck. But that logistical problem hasn't curbed this trend. The Cooking Channel's "Eat St." chronicles the endeavors of mobile chefs. Kicking the concept into full drive, there's now an accompanying app.

Use the location-enabled app to "discover" new street eats or to find the whereabouts of your favorites. (It's a good thing Calexico Cart stays put). When you're done chasing Wafels and Dinges, share photos and "like" your favorite places. Keep a "crave list" to help you keep tabs on the best wandering food. And use the app to watch clips of the namesake TV show while you wait for the Rickshaw Dumpling Truck to approach.

The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Jamie's Recipes

Foodies looking to enjoy a meal at home can create something great with the help of chef Jamie Oliver. The aesthetically pleasing "Jamie's Recipes," is essential for identifying that new delicious dish. "20-Minute Meals" are useful when you're in a hurry. Detailed instructions, even telling you when's the "perfect time to make your table look respectable," ensure you don't waste a minute.

Although the instructions may call for you to get your hands dirty, your iPhone will remain clean. Voice-activated commands allow you to scroll through the recipe steps without touching your phone. Also helpful is the ability to add all of a recipe's ingredients to a shopping list with just a swipe. The organized app even sorts ingredients by aisle. Once you get your carrots, be sure to watch the video tutorials such as the one on "knife skills." It's time to get chopping!

The free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and requires iOS 5.1 or later.

The Video Cookbook

Have you ever followed every step of a recipe, only to find that your creme brulee doesn't look nearly as appetizing as the one in the photo? That never happens to me. But for those of you with this problem, The Video Cookbook is here to help. HD videos show you how to bread your calamari, checkerboard your biscuits (cookies) and prepare "pressed duck jelly."

Not sure how to pronounce bouillabaisse? The app's glossary will tell you. It's Boo-ya-bes. So...booyah!

This app will set you back $5.99, and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Still Tasty

You're probably wondering, "Is that barley still good?" And if you bought it less than a year ago, it is! If you cook at home, you'll likely wind up with some leftover ingredients. But it's tedious to keep track of the shelf life of each item. StillTasty helps you figure that out. Look up items or add them to your purchased list. StillTasty will alert you when it's time to throw it out. Preservation tips are also available. Keep your fish "frozen until ready to use."

This $1.99 app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, and requires iOS 3.1.2 or later.

Seamless Food Delivery and Takeout

If you live in a big city and you haven't used Seamless yet, you're missing out. With over 11,000 restaurants providing delivery services, it's time to move beyond pizza on TV night. Craving pumpkin pie? Get it delivered through Seamless, without a delivery fee. The app stores previous orders, so simply click on "the usual," to get that same sushi roll again.

Not at home? Use the location-enabled app to ensure that 5-star restaurants can serve you, wherever you are. Warning: This app can spoil you. Chicken tikka masala was at my door in nine minutes.

This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4 or later.

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