Wednesday January 20, 2010
LocalEats’ success in the marketplace is undoubtedly due in part to its simple user interface and the app’s introduction of mobile coupons for some of the best restaurants in the country, but LocalEats is most widely recognized for its discerning policy of “no chains” and “no yellow page listings,” preferring instead to guide users to the real local favorites and privately owned establishments in each city they cover.
“We like to say that ‘We do what you would do,’” says founder Bill King. “Before traveling to a city or even when trying new restaurants in your own city, you call your friends to get their opinions, you check what the local alt weekly is saying, you read online ratings, and then you decide where to eat. Where The Locals Eat has done all of the research for you — we’ve compiled all this information, added some details we think are helpful, and then laid it all out for you so you can search for what you want knowing that all of your options on Where The Locals Eat were chosen for a reason. If we list a restaurant, you know it’s good.”
LocalEats on Android (99 cents) takes advantage of the platform’s GPS and mapping capabilities, allowing users to find restaurants near them at any given time. LocalEats also provides updated contact information for restaurants, a “call” button that can be tapped to call a restaurant for reservations, mobile coupons, menu information, hours of operation, photos, and detailed reviews.
LocalEats has a commanding presence in the application and online world and has remained on the list of top 10 iPhone paid travel apps since its launch. For a solid period in 2009, it ranked No. 1 among paid dining apps and was the No. 2 overall paid travel app.
WhereTheLocalsEat.com features the same restaurant content as the application as well as national dining news and links to the country’s best restaurant blogs. LocalEats costs 99 cents to download on the Android and iPhone and $2.99 on the BlackBerry Storm. On all platforms, LocalEats updates regularly without charge.
Between now and March 1, Local Eats is donating 100% of its mobile app revenue to the American Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.
About Magellan Press, Inc.
Magellan Press, Inc., is a Brentwood, Tennessee, independent book publishing company founded in 1991. The company’s Where the Locals Eat book series and LocalEats™ iPhone, BlackBerry Storm and now Android applications are leading sources for regional dining information nationwide. Where the Locals Eat and LocalEats™ feature the best 100 restaurants (plus many more local favorites) in the following top 50 U.S. cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Worth, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh-Durham, Rochester, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Washington, D.C.
In Canada: Toronto, and coming soon for the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver.
For more information visit www.WhereTheLocalsEat.com.