I have Ivy League-educated friends who spend more time researching where to eat than they dedicated to their entire academic careers. There’s interviewing, cross-referencing and fact-checking -- and that doesn’t even include figuring out what to order. here are some apps that take the trouble -- but not the taste -- out of hunting down a great meal.

This article originally appeared in Huffington., where the Approval app guide appears semi-monthly. Want to suggest an app to be featured? Email bianca [at] huffingtonpost.com.

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  • Ness

    eHarmony for eaters. Tell Ness what you like by reviewing places you've been, and it'll serve up recommendations based on where you are and what you love. (free, <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ness-dining-guide/id454869181?mt=8" target="_hplink">iOS</a>)

  • Foursquare

    Forget check-ins: this is a tip factory, even if you have few "friends." Scan top picks from average Joes and pros alike to find foodie Meccas (as well as what to order) in any city. (free, <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/foursquare-free-personalized/id306934924?mt=8" target="_hplink">iOS</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joelapenna.foursquared&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5qb2VsYXBlbm5hLmZvdXJzcXVhcmVkIl0." target="_hplink">Android</a>)

  • Dining Grades

    Peckish and paranoid? Check to see if the food at that swanky hotspot is both "in" and edible with this app's crowdsourced cleanliness reviews. (free, <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dininggrades/id410065529?mt=8" target="_hplink">iOS</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dininggrades&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwxLDEsImNvbS5kaW5pbmdncmFkZXMiXQ.." target="_hplink">Android</a>)

  • Mobilecious

    Get all the happiness of eating from a food truck without the hassle of hunting it down. The best bites these days come from these roving restaurants, so eat up. (free,<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mobilecious-food-truck-locator/id465590920?mt=8" target="_hplink"> iOS</a>)

  • Chefs Feed

    Get dining tips straight from Mario Batali, Thomas Keller and more celeb chefs (though no guarantees they haven't saved their favorite hot spots for themselves). (free, <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chefs-feed/id466211510?mt=8" target="_hplink">iOS</a>)

  • Zagat

    Crowdsourced, schmowdsourced! Get the classic, quality reviews Zagat is known for with this app that taps into its trusted encyclopedia of ratings. ($9.99, <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zagat/id296428490?mt=8" target="_hplink">iOS</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.semaphoremobile.zagat.android&hl=en" target="_hplink">Android</a>)