Are you ready to try another recommender app? Even if you've been burned by less-than-stellar automatic recommendations in the past, free restaurant recommender app Ness is worth a shot. The iOS app, from Silicon Valley startup Ness Computing, boasts serious technology put together by an impressive team of engineers, all in the service of giving you tips on where to grab a bite.
Ness learns over time and builds a "taste profile" of you. The more it learns, the better the recommendations, a la Pandora. Facebook and Foursquare recommendations and check-ins from friends all show up on the Ness search results page.
The app makes recommendations by crunching together your taste profile, your similarity to other people, recommendations from friends, and overall popularity ratings.
The company's Likeness Engine gives you a Likeness Score from 0 to 100 for each restaurant. I'm glad they're producing fine-grained ratings. Five stars, even with half stars, have never felt adequate.
You can also filter the results. Choose "Hide Places I've Rated" to make sure new restaurants show up at the top of your search results. And choose "No Big Chains" to stick to local businesses. Of course, if you and your friends are foodies, the chains shouldn't show up in your search results anyway, right?… Read more