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There’s An App That Figures Out What You’re Craving For Lunch

If you often find yourself sitting in a car with your friends, trying to figure out the perfect lunch spot, you know the frustration of searching for restaurant after restaurant, and not being able to figure out what you’re craving.

Fret not, my friends, as a little help is here in the form of an , of course.

It’s called FoodFaves, and it’s actually pretty similar to Tinder, as you swipe left or right on food photos you like, while it tries to figure out the perfect food match for you.

You start off by browsing and selecting some of your favorite restaurants, as it stores them all on your profile. From there, you take what they call a “Crave Quiz,” as photos from your favorite restaurants, and even some additional ones, appear for you to either swipe right in roval, or left if you’re not feeling it.

The more restaurants you select, the more food photos you have to choose from when you’re taking the quiz. After a few selections, it will suggest a restaurant for you. If you’re not feeling their selection, just take the quiz again.

The app’s founder Sydney Epstein, 24, is a New York City-native who felt our pain when trying to find somewhere to eat. She found that the best way to fix this problem was to crowdsource the best food pics restaurants have to offer, have users respond to the photos, and try to find results from it.

In a world where we spend hours on social media, often looking at food photos, there’s probably no better way to decipher what you’re craving than with those photos.

A lot of those food photos come from Instagram or Facebook, depending on what you sync it with. I tried out the , and synced it with my IG account. Some initial thoughts—I felt it didn’t really give great suggestions, but keep in mind that I didn’t have too many restaurants saved in there yet, as I just downloaded the . I chose several pizza photos on the quiz, and a few pasta dishes, yet it recommended In-N-Out for some reason. I’m not totally mad, as In-N-Out is the perfect restaurant when you’re in an indecisive state, but I don’t think it really fit with my swiped selections. It later suggested a New York restaurant, which really does nothing for me here in California. I double checked my location settings, and then peeked outside, and nope, I wasn’t in New York.

It’s still exciting that an like this exists, and I’m going to give it a shot for a while, hoping for some great suggestions. It beats the hell out of scrolling through Yelp for 45 minutes.

main pic via IG

By Isai Rocha

Isai is the self-proclaimed Kanye West of burrito eating. He has a hard time trusting vegans, ranch dressing and especially vegan ranch dressing.