Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Many people have been asking for mapping and route information integrated with Roadfood.com restaurants. This has been something we have been monitoring and exploring for quite some time and I have a solution that I would like to propose to the community.
Rather then having an online based solution, how about integrating a solution into an existing product? The one I was thinking about was Microsoft Streets & Trips. I have been using this on a drive across the country (my honeymoon!) and have found the mapping technology incredible. You can select a location and have it tell you all the Chinese (or any other restaurant type) restaurants within a particular radius. The Holy Grail is its ability to tell you where you can find certain restaurants within x number of miles within a certain route. So you can say, show me all the caf� s 3 miles within the optimal driving route between Boston, MA and Buffalo, NY. What comes up is a highlighted map with your route and visual thumb-tacks of the restaurants along the route. It even tells you how far the place is from your desired track and with two clicks it can provide directions. Another useful feature is the restaurants phone number so you can call to check to see if there open.
Here is my proposal. What do people think about having all the Roadfood.com restaurants integrated in this program? It would require people to buy the program ($25-40), and then we would sell a template (~$20/year) that can be imported into the mapping system. You would then have a full feature mapping and trip planning system with all the Roadfood restaurants listed. When a search is made for nearby restaurants along a route or location, the Roadfood ones would appear with our logo. You could then click on it to get an overview of the place, and then a link to the online review.
I am looking forward to your feedback.