I recently added a new link to the Travel Resources list of Michael W Travels. The link is for a website that I find to be extremely useful and something that I seem to be using all of the time.
I find food to be a huge part of travel. I love trying local foods, visiting old restaurants and checking out places featured on the travel/ food/ restaurant shows. Most of these shows air on Food Network and Travel Channel.
TV Food Maps is an incredible resource that helps you find places featured on those travel- food shows. You can check them out online or use the even more useful mobile apps. Apps are available for Android, iPhone and iPad.
The apps are really great because you can use the handy “nearby” feature. If you are looking for a place to eat (that has been on a show), you don’t need to do your research in advance. The app will give you a list of places nearby using your mobile phone’s location services.
The site was founded by two brothers from Long Island, NY. According to one of the founders:
We both work in software and do a lot of traveling and the site came from our own desire to have an easy way to keep track of the restaurants on TV and make it easy to find what is nearby.
By using TV Food Maps you can find restaurants featured on over 25 shows. Some of the shows they track are Bizarre Foods, Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, Man vs. Food and No Reservations.
Prior to finding the site, I used to look up shows,one by one to see if any restaurants featured were in areas we would be visiting. This took quite a bit of effort. There was also no way to really track all of the shows and it would take way too much time.
Another great feature is that you can also create an account and keep track of where you’ve been (eaten) and where you want to go. TV Food Maps also offers the option to have e-mails sent to let you know when new shows are added to their site.
I’ve written about a few of the restaurants featured on travel- food shows that I’ve eaten at. Here are the link to those posts:
- Louis Lunch
- The Liberty Elm Diner
- Ben’s Best Deli
- Doughnut Vault- (featured on TV after I visited)
- Kuma’s Corner
- Chicago Pizza & Oven Grinder Co.
Check out the TV Food Maps website HERE and make sure to download their mobile app to find awesome and unique eats that have been featured on TV wherever you go!