There are a few dish-based rating apps for smartphones out there or coming to market soon for Chicago. In general, our bias is for restaurant-based ratings over dish-based ratings for a variety of reasons – menus change, chefs change, seasons change, service plays a role in all of it.
But the guys at Taste Buddy got our attention with this question: What if you could rate and see the ratings for dishes served at Taste of Chicago? This seems like a great intersection of crowd-sourcing and limited menus.
They will have the entire Taste lineup loaded on their free service which pushes out to Apple app store this week. (You can download the current version which launched a few weeks ago now and update it when the Taste information is ready).
Users can rate dishes, upload photos and leave comments. The app will use this information to build a personalized recommendation engine for users. For example, if you like giant legs of turkey covered in sauce you might also like . . . um . . . er . . . THIS IS WHY WE NEED THIS APP!
Or you could just rely on our own human recommendation engine Phil Vettel. He'll never steer you wrong. Additionally, a map of Phil's favorites appears in the Thursday Dining section, on newsstands now.
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