Featured Image Credit: Taste
In a city like Charleston that is known for its fantastic food, it can be hard to narrow down just one place to eat. That’s where the new app, Taste, comes in.
Taste isn’t your typical food app. Created in August, the app allows you to choose favorites based on nine categories including coffee, burgers, drinks, pizza and sushi. What sets Taste apart from the countless other food apps is its ability to hold the reviewers accountable. You can only pick one favorite for each category, once you have picked, that favorite gets 100 points towards its ranking. The more you visit a certain category, the more your opinion is worth.
Taste even sets goals for its users by incorporating points, the more points you earn the higher the value of your opinion. Taste’s creative director, Zac Dixon, designed the app in this way to avoid the mundane or hostile reviews and skip straight to the reliable opinions on local restaurants. “You only get one — you can’t give 5 stars to everything, you have to make a decision.”
Taste’s simplistic outlook sets them apart from apps like Yelp or AroundMe. The app is easily accessible and only shows favorites and local reviews from recent years. This way Taste can avoid old tourist’s reviews from 10 years ago. Locals know best anyways, right?
People between the ages of 25 and 34 are 60 percent more likely to research a new restaurant on their phone. The food industry is always changing, creating a thriving food app community. With increasing phone use regarding restaurant information, Taste couldn’t have come at a better time.
What started as an argument over what was the best coffee shop in Nashville, Taste has spread to 31 US cities. The app is currently only available on Apple’s iOS, but they are working on releasing an Android version in the near future.
To download the FREE app, click here.