While there are hundreds of restaurant recommendation apps on the market, nothing beats getting a suggestion directly from a friend.
That’s what restaurant app Truffle is betting on, anyway.
Truffle — which is available for iPhone only right now — lets you curate lists of your favorite spots and easily share them with friends. It’s available as an iMessage app too, which means you can send recommendations directly within conversations.
Here’s how it works:
The goal of Truffle is to eliminate the need for keeping restaurant lists in your Notes app or a starred map in Google Maps — Truffle wants to easily curate all your recommendations in one place to more easily share with friends. To get started with the app, you’ll have to give it access to your location and contacts.
Once you’ve signed up, Truffle will present you with a list of “tastemakers” to follow. I didn’t know any of these people personally, but you can also search for friends to follow.
With Truffle, you can select your favorite restaurants in categories like barbecue, breakfast, places to take clients to, cocktails, etc. You can search for restaurants you like, or Truffle will give you some options. When you select a restaurant to add as your favorite for a category, you’ll also have the option to write a comment about why you like it. Your top picks will show up in a feed as well as on your profile page.