If you’re hungry and in need of some quality food, then Bing has you covered with the new Food Cart Finder. The Bing Food Cart Finder helps hungry foodies locate and learn about places to eat. The app initially covers only the Portland area and tracks over 250 food carts in the area. Bing is testing the appetites of Portland foodies before expanding the app’s service nationally.
For those that live in Portland, you now have an easy way to plan your lunch. For those near Portland, you now have over 250 mouthwatering reasons to visit the City of Roses. Everyone else – it’s still a great app to experience.
When you first load up the app you will see the food carts plotted out, represented by sporks. You can filter food vendors by recommended picks from Portland Monthly Magazine (represented by the red sporks) , neighborhood, features, cuisine, and price. Let’s say you’re in the mood for some Mexican and pull up La Jarochita. The Food Cart Finder has each vendor’s address, phone number, links to the website/direction/menu, price range, a rating, a description of the food as well as the ability to receive user ratings. And since pictures always help with identifying a place, the food carts have pictures their cart and menu.
Want to know what people in the area are tweeting about the local food? The Food Cart Finder has that covered too. All the food carts have their own “twitterbox” which shows tweets related to the vendor and there is a live Twitterfeed with tweets about the local food. Choosing where to go lunch is a hard decision, so thankfully Food Cart Finder helps the crowd weigh in on the decision. And once you visit a food cart, make sure to share it with your friends – you can share the vendor through Facebook Twitter, and email. And for the foursquare users out there, don’t forget to use the Food Cart Finder to check-in.
The Food Cart Finder is launching simultaneously with the announcement of the Bing Lounge – a state of the art entertainment facility in downtown music, sports, and culture. More information can be found here. In September, Bing will host some fun food activities in Portland, OR. Keep an eye out for more info. Bing Maps – helping solve your epicurean decisions. Enjoy!
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