If you find Trip Advisor too whiney, and Yelpers a little too mean, there’s another option that’s just as subjective … but with sources more reputable than the reviewer who calls Fatburger haute cuisine. Named by Apple to the Top 70 of 2012’s best-of-the-best (out of nearly a million apps), Chefs Feed is an iPhone app enjoyed by fans in 20 U.S. cities (Las Vegas now included) for getting restaurant picks from folks who should know: professional chefs.
Interviewed by the app’s founding brothers Steve and Jared Rivera (who kept a near biblical account of chef recommendations they hoarded, er, gathered while running their San Francisco-based public-relations firm), contributors are chosen for their chefly accolades and regional recognition. And in one searchable app launched Sept. 29, 2011, from holes-in-the-wall to high-end suggestions, more than 600 chefs dish about the dishes they devour, photos included.
Locally, enjoy the opinions of chefs such as Brian Howard (Comme Ça in the Cosmopolitan), Claude Le-Tohic (Joël Robuchon in MGM Grand), Mathieu Chartron (Guy Savoy in Caesars Palace) and Ben Jenkins (Michael Mina in Bellagio). Chefs Feed expects to expand to as many as 30 markets in the U.S. and internationally by the end of the year. And since Las Vegas was just added March 6, expect more local experts to be added. Two words: Siri who?