With more than 11,000 restaurants representing every corner of the globe, Houston has become one of the most dynamic and diverse cities to dine in America. To help readers navigate our wonderful, complicated world of restaurants, Houstonia is debuting a brand-new restaurant app today: Gastronaut.
Our hope is that Gastronaut will be an indispensable resource and mobile authority on food culture in Houston. The app features an advanced search for the city’s best restaurants in every neighborhood and in tons of categories, all driven by our robust database of reviews, created by our food critics. But Gastronaut also allows users the opportunity to weigh in with short reviews of restaurants they’ve visited.
In addition, Gastronaut contains a “Food News” screen, where devoted foodies will find our up-to-the-minute restaurant news, updates, reviews, roundups and more. Perhaps most useful of all, users will be able to create, track and share customized wish lists of their must-visit restaurants. With all of this functionality, we hope that Gastronaut will bolster the city’s dynamic food scene and connect Houstonians with exciting restaurants and truly memorable dining experiences.
How Gastronaut Works
It’s all pretty intuitive, but here’s a quick tour of Gastronaut’s features to whet your appetite:
From the “Discover” screen, you can use our advanced search to find restaurants based on location, mealtime, cuisine, price point, or other special features like outdoor dining, takeout, or reservations. Already know where you want to go? Just type it in the “Restaurant Search” field at the top and results will autofill as you type.
After you hit the “Discover” button, you’ll see a list of restaurants that match your search filters. Our Editor’s Picks will always populate first, so you can easily browse our favorite spots in town. Tap on any restaurant from this screen to read our full description, make reservations, see articles in which the restaurant was featured, and read and/or submit reviews.
Want to create a review? Easy. Just use our emoji-based rating system, and add comments or photos if you like. Each restaurant listing page will show average customer ratings at the top, with detailed reviews at the bottom.
On the “Try This” screen, you’ll find a handful of restaurant recommendations from Houstonia, based on your location and the time of day. Get inspired!
The “Food News” screen provides a great snapshot of our food coverage in three categories. “Best of Lists” offers a live feed of our foodie roundups, from neighborhood hotspots to pup-friendly patios to the best burgers in the city. “Food News” contains our up-to-the minute coverage of openings and closings, chef shakeups, and new obsessions. “While You Wait” serves up Houstonia’s latest restaurant reviews, features, and longer reads.
Your “Dashboard” screen tracks your own activity within the Gastronaut app. Here, you’ll find the restaurant wish lists you create, and an archive of restaurant reviews you’ve submitted. You can also tap the gear icon to update account settings like your username or zip code. Want to create a new wish list? Just tap that “plus” button, name your wish list, and start exploring!