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Grubinary

“This could be the foodie app.”

Man, you know what sounds good right now? A chili dog. Doesn’t that just sound so good right now? I think I need to go get one. But I don’t know where to go. I guess I could search Yelp for restaurants that might serve chili dogs, but I have no way of knowing if the chili dogs at those restaurants are good, because Yelp rates restaurants as a whole, and not by individual item.

Also, wouldn’t it be great if when we tried new restaurants, there was some way to know what dish we should order? Sure, we could ask the waiter, but that is just one opinion, and wouldn’t it be better to have lots of opinions? WHY IS THIS SO HARD?!

It doesn’t have to be this hard. That’s something Grubinary cofounders Lauren Montellete and Ethan Welborn realized, and they decided to do something to make finding good food easier. So they created Grubinary.

Grubinary is an app that finds great food near you. “There are so many apps out there that focus on finding great restaurants near you (Yelp, FourSquare, etc.), but none of them truly hone in on finding great food dishes,” explains Montalette. “With Grubinary, you can search for “bacon cheeseburger” and Grubinary will literally give you all of the bacon cheeseburgers near you ranked by best rating first, that way you can find the best one near you.” Grubinary also allows users to search by restaurant and identify the best dish on the menu based on user reviews.

“This could be an asset for people who are really starting to get into food,” Welborn says. “And it could really help restaurants in the area.” Not all food at a 2-star restaurant is 2-star food, Welborn says. There are hidden culinary treasures in seemingly unremarkable establishments all over the valley. Grubinary will help those treasures be found.

“I would really like to see Grubinary used in the food-finding culture of Salt Lake,” Welborn says. “The real goal is to see if we can impact at least one community.”

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