Last night I attended a beta launch party for Smörgie, a new website that is shaping up to be one part social networking, one part restaurant review aggregator. It’s a neat concept. People create profiles, and then create themed lists of favorite food spots: best rooftop dining, favorite food carts, most creative fusion food, etc. Then users can follow each other, as with other social networking sites, to discover the restaurants that like-minded foodies are crowing about. Smorgie’s team explains the origins:
Smorgie’s creators are passionate people who love to eat and kept talking about how hard it was keep track of every dining experience in every city you’ve visited. Not to mention all the places we wanted to go but always found a way to forget. So we started thinking: What do other people like us do? How do they keep it all straight?
We started by hanging out with some Washington DC folks who love to go out to eat. They told us that dining reviews and ratings sites just leave people scratching their heads trying to figure out where to go and what to eat. Ultimately, our friends and family end up giving us the best dining ideas.
The site is still in beta testing, but it’s definitely something to look forward to whenever it launches officially. I’m excited to see what lists other DC bloggers come up with, and also what places get high marks from those of us with an interest in local and sustainable food.