New Show: Chopped

December 12th, 2013

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.iOS Simulator Screen shot Dec 4, 2013 11.03.13 AM



Image Changes

September 30th, 2013

You may have seen some changes to 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, 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.

Our first 5 guides are:

Chicago Pizza Guide

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!



“Explore” TVFoodMaps!

May 23rd, 2013

We are excited to introduce our new Explore page on  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.


Explore TVFoodMaps

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?


Message us on Facebook or on Twitteror from our Contact Us list to give us your ideas.



TVFoodMaps Guides

May 9th, 2013

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!

Chug with Zane Lamprey

May 6th, 2013

Here at TVFoodMaps we enjoy a good cocktail or beer as much as we like a good burger or steak. That’s why we added our favorite drinking related show, Drinking Made Easy, a few months back. Since then the series has ended but Zane Lamprey, the host, is trying to kick start a new show called Chug. The interesting thing is that he is using crowdfunding site KickStarter to try to raise money for the show. If you have some spare cash and want to help keep Zane drinking and all of us entertained I recommend helping fund the show. It’s not a donation, the more you spend the cooler the item (or experience) you receive.  For $500 you can get to hang out with Zane which I can only imagine would be quite the experience.

Most Popular RestaurantsWhat Are Medals?

When we relaunched TVFoodMaps in March we introduced the concept of TVFoodMaps medals as a way to distinguish the most popular and sought after restaurants seen on TV.  As our database keeps growing it’s helpful for our users to easily identify the cream of the crop.  We aware Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to restaurants that have lots of “likes” and are on many user’s Try Lists.  We also take into account the # of shows they were featured on and a few other things.  We dont give out the exact formula as we don’t want any restaurant trying to skew the results.  Over on the right you can see the top 5 restaurants based on our rankings, you can also click this link to see ALL our Gold, Silver and Bronze restaurants.


I Own a Restaurant and Want a Medal

Well there’s good news and bad news.  There is no “easy” way to get a medal.  However, the more you promote to your fans that you are featured on TVFoodMaps and ask them to add you to their Like or Try lists the quicker you will move up the ranks.  Some easy things you can do:

  • Tweet to your followers “Don’t forget to add us to your TVFoodMaps like list: <your tvfoodmaps link>”
  • Post on your facebook page: ”Don’t forget to add us to your TVFoodMaps like list: <your tvfoodmaps link>”
  • Pin your TVFoodMaps page on Pinterest
  • Put a small sign up in your restaurant.

If you have any trouble finding your TVFoodMaps link please contact us via Twitter (@TVFoodMaps) or contact us on the web.