We’ve recently released a Facebook app for TVFoodMaps. It’s a little different than our primary website in that the focus is not just helping you find the restaurants you see on TV but making a bit of a contest amongst you and your Facebook friends to see who is the ultimate TV Foodie!
We have 3 “games” you can play. The first is based on who has been to the most restaurants seen on TV. This game is easy, just use TVFoodMaps regularly and mark your ‘been list’ and we’ll automatically update the data. Then make sure your friends are doing the same and we’ll create a list of which friends have been to the most places.
The second game is the TVFoodMaps Challenge. In this game we’ve taken 50 of the most popular restaurants from around the country and we’re looking to see who has been to the most of them. Just click Take Challenge on the Facebook App and click the boxes of the places you’ve been to.
The third game is a TVFoodMaps Foodie Quiz. This challenging 15 question quiz tests your knowledge of all things Food TV. Compare your knowledge to your friends and everyone else who has tried the quiz. Don’t worry it’s not cheating if you use TVFoodMaps.com for a little help!
As with most things on Facebook these games are only fun if your friends are playing so please use the share and invite buttons to help get more friends trying our new app. If things go well we’ll look to add some more fun games in the future!
As part of us backing Zane Lamprey‘s Kickstarter for a new show Chug (which we are excited to add to TVFoodMaps) Zane said some nice things about us. To be honest, this is one of the coolest things that’s happened to TVFoodMaps! Thanks Zane and everyone keep an eye out for Chug.
I’ve been a huge fan of Chopped on Food Network for years now. I had held off adding it to the site since the show wasn’t really about restaurants but given the popularity of the show (and how much I like it) I’ve decided to add the show to the site. With 13 seasons already out there we decided to only add the restaurants of the Chopped winners to the site. We also are skipping many of the private chefs since it’s not very easy to go visit them.
Adding all 13 seasons will take some time, we’ve added 6 so far and will be adding more over the next week or so. Remember, if you are not interested in seeing Chopped results on TVFoodMaps you can just filter it out using our searches.
With the recent release of v2.62 (available now for both iOS and Android) we’ve added the popular “Road Trip” feature from our website to our mobile application. From the mobile application you will be able select a starting location (or choose your current location) and a destination as well as how far off the route you’d like to go. TVFoodMaps will then find the restaurants from your favorite Food TV shows and show them to you in a list or on a map. You can even set offsets from the beginning and end of your trip as often times you don’t want to stop 10 minutes into your drive.
This feature is only available to our premium users of our mobile app. For $2.99 you get all the premium features, No ads, location notifications and now the road trip feature. You also help support us – which we really appreciate. You can learn more about our mobile apps and find where to download them by clicking here.
You may have seen some changes to TVFoodMaps.com today. Most of the time our changes our to help improve the site, like our Personal Lists/Guides, unfortunately today’s do not do that. We recently were required to make changes to all of our images on TVFoodMaps due to the fact that we are not officially affiliated with any of the networks and do not have legal rights to use the images. This will only impact the images and not the content that we bring to all of our fans. We will continue to focus on adding new features that will make it easier for you to find the cool places you see on TV. The image changes will also impact our mobile apps in a future release. We’ll continue working on cool features and as always would love to hear from you!
We are excited to launch Personal Lists on TVFoodMaps! We have always had the ability for our registered users to add a place on different predefined lists such as the Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down and Try List but now we give you the option to create your own custom lists.
Imagine now before a big trip you can create a list called “California Trip” and add places you want to visit directly to that list. This is the beginning of some really cool features we plan to release all focusing on making it easier for our users to personalize their TVFoodMaps experience.
To create a new list you can go to your home page by clicking your username at the top right of any page and you will see a section now for My Lists which is where you can add a list or view your current lists.
To make it even easier we have given you the option to create a new list from any Place, Search or Show page just by clicking on the user list icon which is located next to the Try List (Fork and Knife). This will create a new list and add this place to that list.
Once you have your list created it’s really simple to add a place to your custom list. Just click on the user list icon on any Place, Search or Show page and you will be prompted to select the list you want to add the place to (you can even add notes) or you can add a new list to add the place to.
Here are some more details regarding all of the different types of lists on TVFoodMaps!
With over 3,300 restaurants now on TVFoodmaps.com, we realized it may become harder and harder to find that perfect place to visit on your next trip. We are pleased to introduce our new Guides which are here to help you plan your next foodie adventure. Our guides will provide a more filtered and limited list of the top places with an easy way to navigate through them and save them to your own personal Try List for your next vacation. Our initial 5 guides have been launched and we will continue to release new guides as often as possible.
On each guide page you will see the restaurants on the left and an interactive guide map on the right where you can click through the different places on the list. You will also see at the bottom any related guides plus a Facebook discussion board so that you can debate on which places are the best or if a place deserves to be on the list (not displayed above).
We would love for you to provide us feedback or recommendations so that we can create new guides that span across the country!
We are excited to introduce our new Explore page on TVFoodmaps.com. The explore page will provide our users with a glance into some of the most important content on our site. You can navigate to the explore page by clicking the new link that is on the top of the website next to TV Shows.
Here you will find details on our most popular and newest guides, the most popular cities and shows, the most popular restaurants and of course the most recent restaurants added to our site. Instead of having to search multiple pages now you have a single place to get some of the most important information for finding the newest and best places on TV.
We recently announced the creation of TVFoodMaps Guides that will be live soon. We want to get some feedback on which places make each guide. Our first guide will be for Pizza Places in Chicago. We know we’ll start with Lou Malnati’s and Pizzeria Uno, but after that which places, featured on TV, do you think make the cut?
Now that we have well over 3000 restaurants from 30+ different shows finding the right restaurants and bars to try on a trip can be difficult, especially in the big cities. To make life easier we will soon introduce TVFoodMaps Guides – hand selected lists of restaurants that fit a given category or region. The feature isn’t ready just yet and when we first launch it the guides will only be created by us (we hope to make creating a guide available to everyone in the future). Even though we will be the final curator of the guides we want your input.
The first question is what guides do you want to see? Here are some examples we thought of:
* Best Steakhouses in
* Best Burger in
* I-95 Road Trip
* NYC in a Day
The list goes on and on, but we want your list! Message us on Facebook or on Twitter or from our Contact Us list to give us your ideas. Once we figure out what our initial lists will be we will come back for your input in helping select what places are on the list. Lists will have between 5 and 10 restaurants on them. Thanks again for you help!