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Alaskans planning a special culinary adventure can visit urbanspoon. corn for reviews and reservations. The website collects local restaurant reviews from E diners, blogs, newspapers and professional food critics, and provides information for restaurants in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. , Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. The website features eateries sorted by neighborhood, cuisine type or price, including 30 glutenfree friendly restaurants--with Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria garnering the most votes-and 140 kid-friendly spots. Popular romantic restaurants include Aladdin's Fine Mediterranean Cuisine and Crush Wine Bistro and Cellar. Reviews are as varied as epicurean favorites. Urbanspoon.com also offers mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android An open platform for cellphones from the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). Based on Linux, Android includes a library of Java classes for building mobile applications.

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The company has gained some recognition for its slotmachine style program, which randomly picks a locale for undecided diners. The online restaurant guide also offers a reservations system. Search "Alaska restaurants" for statewide offerings.

"The site is a fantastic city guide to help navigate restaurants in specific neighborhoods and even by type of food," said company spokeswoman Aimee Yoon. "It is a great tool for discovery when visiting new towns."
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Title Annotation:DINING; urbanspoon. com
Author:Pounds, Nancy
Publication:Alaska Business Monthly
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U9AK
Date:May 1, 2012
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