Los Angeles Times

On a special diet? Tasteful options

- Do you avoid travel because of your diet? Maybe this app can provide healthful options you didn’t know about.

Name: Tasteful app What it does: The app helps travelers with dietary requiremen­ts or food sensitivit­ies find places to eat in the United States. Tasteful contains a database of restaurant­s with healthful dishes in 8,000 communitie­s across the country. Are you looking for gluten-free, low carb, paleo, vegetarian or vegan options at restaurant­s? If yes, this app is for you.

Available: Apple Store. Requires iOS 8.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, several iPad models and iPod touch. On Google Play. Requires Android 4.3 and up. Cost: Free. What’s hot: All diets are not the same. Tasteful lets you fine-tune your preference­s in the “My Food” section. You can include or exclude up to 19 types of food, such as meats, shellfish, eggs, grains, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, fried food and soy. You can also check off that you eat everything or follow a vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free or low-carb diet. Once you decide your options, click “Lets Eat” to scroll through restaurant­s near you and see reviews. Tap “Restaurant­s” and you can see recommenda­tions with “open now” labels. This section is helpful, because I could easily scan the restaurant­s and see “eight paleo dishes” versus “three paleo dishes” per my filters. I also like that you can get recommenda­tions for breakfast, lunch, dinner, takeout, Mediterran­ean and other options while searching within your diet.

What’s not: The app was a little slow sometimes (or maybe I was a little impatient). — JEN LEO

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