VegOut and VeganXpress: iphone apps for the vegetarian/vegan who likes to dine out.
If you love to eat out, then these apps are for you. Have you ever been in an unfamiliar city and wondered what you were going to eat for dinner?
VegOut, the vegetarian restaurant guide for the iphone, helps you search surrounding restaurants for vegetarian and vegan friendly options, and depending where you are, finds the closest veggie joints in town . Using your location, VegOut pulls up the closest restaurant options for vegetarians and vegans, shows you how they’ve been rated and lets you read reviews to help you with your decision . It also shows you where the restaurants are located using google maps.
I’ve used this app plenty in Toronto and surrounding areas. It’s very effective. I really enjoy reading the reviews before I make a decision. If you’re already a yelp, urbanspoon or chowhound browser, this app gives you a quick way of locating a great place to eat and reading about it beforehand. I’ve also used this app in New York City and Las Vegas. It’s great for travel. It also allows you to save certain restaurants as favourites so you can refer back to them easily.
VegOut is $2.99 in the App Store. I think it’s worth it, considering how often I use it. It has a wealth of knowledge. I even learn about new restaurants in my own city just from browsing through it from time to time. Being powered by Happycow.net doesn’t hurt. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, hopefully you are familiar with them. If not, I definitely recommend checking them out! Happycow is the global online restaurant guide for vegetarians and vegans and it’s been around since ’99. In my travels around Asia and India, I frequently used Happycow. If only I had had an iphone with VegOut, things might have been easier.
VeganXpress comes highly rated in the App Store. I downloaded this app recently for a whopping $1.99. This app claims to give vegans “menu and shopping assistance”. It lists the vegan menu items found in the top fast food chains in the US, Canada and the UK . While it is interesting, a lot of the information is just plain common sense. For example, it lists one of the viable vegan menu items at McDonald’s as a “premium Asian Salad without the chicken” well… yah, thanks for that. This part of the app is useful for those times when you find yourself at one of these chains for some weird and inexplicable reason– like a work party? Sure.
Another interesting feature of the app is the alcohol section. It informs you what beers and wines are vegan. For example Alexander Keith’s is vegan while Guinness is not. So if you’re a drinker, this might be a good app to download.There is also a section with a list of vegan products that can be found in the grocery store.
VeganXpress is an interesting app. I’m not sure how much I’ll be using it. If I had to choose between it and VegOut, I would definitely choose VegOut. But I do like dining out so maybe I’m biased.
Nonetheless, here are two vegan apps worth downloading to your iphone. Oy Vegan!