TVFoodMaps for Android is essentially a GPS guided tour of all the restaurants featured on your favorite Food Network and Travel Channel shows. For self-proclaimed food enthusiasts, it is a veritable treasure trove of eating advice.
Launch TVFoodMaps, enable GPS, and watch the app immediately get to work searching for notable restaurants in your vicinity. Then choose to view results in either a map view or a list view, which notes distance from your location as well as the titles of the shows that featured each restaurant. Click on an item to see additional details, including the name of the show's host, his or her recommended order, and in some cases a link to third-party restaurant ratings, even YouTube clips. If you want to plan an outing with someone, there's also a nifty built-in share feature for sending a restaurant's information via your device's installed applications (Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail).
The TVFoodMaps' user interface, while simple, is decidedly unattractive. Colors and icons are washed out, and text alignment is off, which in sum, give the app a messy, unprofessional look. In addition, the fields of information for each restaurant are terribly inconsistent, with the only mainstays being address and show title. We also found trouble with the app's performance, as it froze a number of times while we tested different functions.
Overall, TVFoodMaps needs work in several areas. It could use a face-lift as well as some engine work to improve its stability. Also, its database of information could be better organized and presented. But all that said, it can still be a useful tool, because in most cases all you need is a name and address, both of which the app never fails to provide. For that reason, TVFoodMaps is still a worthwhile download for hard-core food-TV fanatics, especially those living in or visiting heavily represented cities like New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.