By Annemarie Dooling
The search for an eligible restaurant can be a challenge whether you’re a visitor or an old local. Filling the great need for an easy iPhone food search engine, though, comes BonAppie. Made with love in Vancouver, this simple and free app doesn’t have a lot of functions, but the ones it does have hit the mark. You set a specific location or use your iPhones geo-location tool to set one for you, and scan a list of nearby restaurants by name, distance and style of cuisine. Got an occasion in mind? You can also browse eateries that currently feature happy hour deals and special menus. Out-of-towners looking for a place off the beaten path will love the helpful directions, and the searchable list of special events proves helpful for stocking one’s vacation itinerary. Plus, the app’s sharing tools make it easy to organize a meet-up amongst friends via email; and after scanning through the available menus and reviews, users can save favorite restaurants to a personal list for a repeat meal. Or take advantage of what might be the app’s most helpful detail, an option to dial directly from the app and place an order immediately.
The BonAppie app is currently available for use in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Nanaimo, and adding new cities all the time.
The app: BonAppie
Where to Download: only available at the iTunes Canada app store.