Tag Archives: iPhone

  1. Review: Menu and Hours app for Android is worth the wait

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    March 20, 2013 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    A screenshot of Menu and Hours. This is a portion of the Dish on Market menu.

    Let me start this review with a few disclosures.

    I’m friends with Michelle Jones, the creator of the Menu and Hours app. Michelle began to publish my $10 Challenge pieces on her popular blog, Consuming Louisville, back in 2010 when I was just a fresh-faced blogger fresh out of a traditional newsroom. I consider her a role model and a friend.

    I’m a financial supporter of Menu and Hours. I donated money to the Menu and Hours Kickstarter campaign, which means I received this app for free as a reward for my donation.

    I’m not a tech writer. I still haven’t figured out the technology behind fax machines (something about pictures or magic, I think).

    We square?

    Good.

    *clears throat*

    Menu and Hours is a Louisville-centered restaurant app that provides you with the basics — the menu, hours, location and phone numbers of some of the region’s local restaurants. There’s no reviews, PDFs or other annoyances I’ve found on similar food-centric apps. Instead, Menu and Hours uses a slick, clean design to relay the information that really matters when you’re hungry.

    Menu and Hours debuted on the iPhone in September and arrived in the Google Play store last week. As a devoted Android operator, it’s been a long few months of seeing iPhone-leaning friends plug the usefulness of this app. Now it’s my turn.

    The app’s appearance immediately grabbed me. There’s no pictures and not a lot of color, just some bright blue spot color and a couple of clean sans serif fonts. It’s odd to see a food app without a lot of bells and whistles, but the sparse displays help me hone in on the basic information I want from my favorite restaurants.

    The restaurants are sorted into basic categories such as American, Chinese and Breakfast/Brunch, but I really like the special categories listed at the bottom — Louisville Classics, New and Noteworthy and Fancy Cocktails, to name a few.
    Restaurants are easy to find throughout the app, whether you search by keyword, location or type of food. When you find a restaurant that you particularly enjoy, you can add them to your favorites by typing the star in the top right-hand corner so the name will appear in the left sidebar for easy access any time you use the app. This will come in handy when I want to show friends and co-workers the items available at some of my go-to establishments (I’m looking at you, Dish on Market and Wild Eggs).

    The menus are comprehensive in the Menu and Hours listings. Prices and descriptions are available for most restaurants. It gets a little dicey with places such as Sweet Surrender bakery that have menus that change daily. But Menu and Hours includes a note when a restaurant has a flexible selection and, in the case of Sweet Surrender, lists all the items that could be offered on a given day.

    Some of my favorite Louisville restaurants haven’t agreed to be listed in Menu and Hours — yet. I remember Michelle making the rounds of some Louisville businesses to ask for their inclusion in this app. Now that Menu and Hours has arrived in the Android space, I hope restaurants can see the value of providing her with their information for inclusion in Menu and Hours. I’d also like to see restaurants working with Michelle to make sure the most up-to-date menu is available on the app. I found one case (Café Lou Lou, specifically) in which the menu had been changed in real life, but not on Menu and Hours.

    Even though Menu and Hours is a fairly new addition to the smartphone horizon, I already wonder what I did without it. Menu and Hours is one of those few apps that I can see myself using every day, right along with Twitter and Facebook. This app tells me where to go and what to expect when I get there. I don’t just love Menu and Hours because I’m a Louisville food writer. I love Menu and Hours because I’m a Louisville food eater.

  2. Bits and Pieces: Banh Mi Hero, Andrew Zimmern and other Louisville food news from the web, 12.10.12

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    December 10, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    News

    • Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. wants $10 million from the city for “an artisan distillery, a retail store and other tourist-oriented activities” that the company is developing on West Main Street. The project is called the Evan Williams Experience. Fancy. (Courier-Journal)
    • Louisville-based online company FoodCalc has launched EveryoneEat, an iPhone and Android app to help people with chronic illnesses make better choices about their meals when they go out to eat. (Business First of Louisville)

     

    Openings

    • A new Vietnamese restaurant called Banh Mi Hero has opened in the Highlands. You can get banh mi sandwiches, Vietnamese-style tacos and jasmine rice cups. (Consuming Louisville)
    • The owners of Hammerheads in Germantown plan to open a new restaurant on Lexington Road called Grind House in January. Grind House will feature burgers made of meat such as wild boar, ostrich, duck, venison and elk. (Business First of Louisville)

     

    Etc.

     

  3. Leave a comment about Shakespeare to win a copy of the Menu and Hours iPhone app

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    October 16, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Michelle Jones of Consuming Louisville and I want to give away some goodies.

    Michelle is the creator of Menu and Hours, a Louisville-centric iPhone app that provides basic information about your favorite local restaurants. I may have talked about the app a time or two.

    We want to share this app with the world (well, the iPhone world, but Android development is in progress). Any time that I write a $10 Challenge that features a restaurant on Menu and Hours, Michelle will give away two free copies of the app (usually $2.99 in the iTunes Store) to readers who leave a comment on the $10 Challenge post. 

    The Bard’s Town, the most recent $10 Challenge contender, is featured on Menu and Hours. For a chance to win one of two free copies of Menu and Hours, answer the following Bard-themed question in the comments section of this post:

    What is your favorite William Shakespeare play? (Or tell me why you don’t have a favorite Billy Shakes play.)

    You have until Thursday to leave a comment. I’ll randomly select two names on Friday.

  4. Menu and Hours, a Louisville restaurant app, available on iTunes

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    September 5, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Michelle Jones, the woman behind the blog Consuming Louisville and Let Them Tweet Cake meet-ups, has launched her long-awaited, Louisville-restaurant-centric iPhone app, Menu and Hours. It’s “a beautiful, easy to use app with all the information you want about restaurants and none of the frustration of restaurant websites. No PDFs, no flash, just the food menus, operating hours, location and contact information for over 90 independent restaurants in the Louisville, Kentucky area,” according to the iTunes store.

  5. Help a sister out and tell your favorite restaurant about Menu and Hours

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    February 15, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    Good news: Michelle Jones got the funding she needed to get the Menu and Hours app up and running. Less-than-good …
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  6. Louisville restaurant info + iPhone app + Michelle Jones = Kickstarter project of awesomeness

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    December 20, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    “We’re hungry and we have questions.” Michelle Jones, publisher of Consuming Louisville, a friend of this blog and a gift …
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  7. The $10 Challenge: Chop Shop Salads

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    March 28, 2011 by Ashlee Clark Thompson

    (Blogger’s note: Buying a car is a witch. I’ve spent the past two weeks scouring the internet, visiting used car …
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