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Firepotter Labs, an incubator of sorts backed by Google and co-founded by Craig Walker, released Nosh, an app that lets users check in, rate, review and share menu items. It’s like a cross between Foursquare and Yelp for dishes.

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One of the best part of Yelp reviews is the comments, that often point you to a good dish on the menu at a restaurant you are visiting. Foursquare does it well with “tips”  left by visitors to an eating establishment or a bar that are essentially a recommendation to order a specific dish, a kind of drink or a type of tea. Of course there are apps like Chewsy and Foodspotting that have focused on food related conversations and social sharing.

Today, Firespotter Labs, an incubator of sorts backed by Google and co-founded by Craig Walker, the co-founder of Google Voice, released Nosh, an app that will compete with the incumbents.

Nosh is a mobile app for iPhone and Android that allows users to check in, rate, review and share menu items. You can think of it as a cross between Foursquare and Yelp for dishes. Nosh helps answer the question of “what’s good here?” by giving users what essentially amounts to an uber-menu on their phone, leveraging the content generated by the Nosh community to create a much better dining experience. It’s a fun and social way to share what you eat and find out what’s good everywhere.

Nosh has approximately 150,000 menus, 475,000 restaurants and 10 million menu items in its database, which makes it pretty easy for one to take a photo of a dish, check-in to a location and start sharing that with friends and family.

I have been using the app for a couple of days and there are a few things which actually will make this app a worthy competitor. Nosh does a good job of creating the follow-follower viral loop that had made Instagram and Twitter very popular with folks who don’t want to share, but want to consume the information others are sharing. Nosh as an app is pretty simple, lacks pretension and is easy to use. I would urge you to give it a try.

 

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  1. Nosh looks pretty sweet, but it doesn’t do a good job of searching dishes and finding what I am looking for. If I search for burger or salad, it shows me restaurants with those terms in the restaurant name, not the individual dish results.

    I prefer TasteBuddy, a similar iPhone app, since it is a lot easier to search through and compare the individual dishes.

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tastebuddy/id438869651?mt=8

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  2. How does this differ from Foodspotting?

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    1. It has pre-populated menus and a database of the menus. I think you are right. They are entering a very competitive market. Foodspotting has all the attention but I think this one is a good, solid app and worth trying out.

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      1. Why do you need to replicate the menu if you’re at the restaurant deciding what to eat? That doesn’t make sense to me.

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      2. I noticed you mentioned about Foursquare Tips doing a good job with pointing you to good dishes – http://getfoodster.com takes this to the next level, it’s powered by foursquare tips & recommends restaurants based on the food at the place.

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  3. Check out lollihop.com and you get healthy items with preference selection to boot!

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  4. Do a lot of people leave reviews and share their thoughts on places? And is it a free app or how much does it cost?

    Thanks for posting
    Liz-CoolProducts

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  5. I happen to think that Nosh does a great job, and while it may not yet be searchable for dishes without being specific to a restaurant, its got all the potential to help you figure out what’s best where you’re at.

    Not to mention, that unlike Taste Buddy, its available to user’s outside Chicago.

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  6. The video is hilarious, well done Nosh!

    I never got into foodspotting as pure photos of food didn’t interest me.

    I’m a fan of Chewsy (http://itunes.com/apps/chewsy/) right now. Brand new and down in the bay area they seem to have a nice little following of people rating dishes.

    Other apps I’m watching in the food space at TastyBuddy and Dinevore.

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  7. I prefer Chewsy since it actually has food reviews for all the places I travel to and the social integration is much better. Foodspotting also does a great job with pics and has a good community. Nosh looks nice at first, but for all the content they claim to have I don’t see anything in my area. Just don’t see why I would switch.

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