Eater is a hyperlocal blog network covering dining and drinking in what it calls the US' "most important food cities" which according to Eater are New York, Boston, Philadelphia, DC, Charleston, Atlanta, Miami, New Orleans, Louisville, Chicago, Minneapolis, Austin, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Las Vegas, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles. There are separate Eater sites for each of those cites plus one for the state of Maine and the canonical Eater National site which aggregates content from the city specific sites.
Eater is written in a lively, irreverent style with coverage that includes restaurant and watering hole reviews, chef interviews and color pieces like one on the drunkest cities in America (I would have expected New Orleans or Milwaukee to top that list but Boston is winner with an amazing 20.1% of its population classified as binge drinkers).
The Eater Network is part of the larger Curbed network which also includes Curbed, a network of local real estate blogs, and Racked covering shopping and fashion. The Eater network started in 2004 by Gawker Media alumnus Lockhart Steele and is one of the view remaining successful high-traffic blog networks that hasn't been acquired by AOL.
Eater uses separate desktop and mobile templates. Something resembling browser sniffing redirects mainstream mobile browsers to the mobile template at m.eater.com or for a city specific eater a sub-domain like m.ny.eater.com or m.sf.eater.com. However the mobile redirection isn't very smart or user friendly and sends Mobile IE, Mobile Firefox, Nokia N9 and feature phone users to the desktop site even if they explicitly enter the m. subdomain version of the URL.
The Food Network's mobile site is a searchable directory containing hundreds of recipes from it's shows, including ones by well known chefs like Bobby Flay.
This site breaks the web by only supporting Android and iOS. Browsers on other platforms get a "not supported" doorway page.
CHOW is probably the largest and liveliest gourmet site on the mobile web. It's the mobilized version of the full web CHOW.com which was created in 2006 when CNET acquired the popular foodie message board Chowhound.com and the high end print magazine CHOW and combined them into online only CHOW.com
CHOW Mobile has lots of recipes, a directory of restaurants by region and read-only access to the regional forums of the Chowhound message boards.The boards are very active with lots questions and debates on topics like the best burger in Palo Alto or the ultimate Napa Valley wine tasting itinerary.
Much of the excellent editorial content of the full site is hidden behind the slow and quirky interface of the "Stories" section. To get to the articles you pick a category from a dropdown, press a confusingly named "Search" button and wait. There are about 100 articles, columns, reviews and product comparisons divided into 20 categories. This portion of the site seems quite slow and some of the categories come up empty.
Mobile CHOW also has a selection of videos including cooking shows, chef interviews and tours. Source: Oh! Mobile Directory
The mobile version of Serious Eats a multi author food blog featuring foodie talk and recipes. Source: Submitted by a reader, thanks Andrew
Kraft Foods Recipes
A large selection of simple recipes from Kraft.
Whole Foods Market's new mobile website features over 2,000 recipes, store information including hours, driving directions, store specials and a calendar of events for their local store. Whole Foods operates supermarkets in North America and the UK specializing in gourmet, natural and organic foods.
In spite of the "iphone" reference in the URL, 101cookbooks will work on almost any phone. The site features a new recipe every few days with an archive organized by recipe types like Appetizers, Main Courses, Deserts, etc.
Martha White Recipes
Martha White is a Nashville, Tennessee flour mill whose products are marketed primarily in the U.S. Southern states. The company is noted for its long time support of Country and Bluegrass music. It has been a sponsor of the Grand Ole Opry since 1948 and has used well known performers including Flatt and Scruggs, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Allison Krauss in its ads and radio spots over the years.
Martha White recently launched this well designed mobile recipe site with over 80 recipes for classic Southern comfort food; muffins, biscuits and dressings made using Martha White's flours and corn meal. Each recipe is illustrated with a mouth watering photo of the finished product.
International Recipes is a large recipe exchange group with reference articles, member-submitted recipes, a food dictionary and more. The rather basic mobile site allows you to search for recipes by name or ingredient. You can also have any recipe sent to you in an email.
Pizza Recipe 101
One winner that was new to me was Sasko Flour (saskoflour.mobi). It's a recipe site from South African flour miller Sasko Flour and it took top honors in the Commerce & Retail division of the Awards.
The colorful recipe site, which was designed by the UK's Vizisoft Networks, is definitely visually striking with it's bold red color scheme and use of background textures. The site's content is a bit limited though, consisting of a mere 22 recipies for breads, deserts and main dishes. Not surprisingly, all the recipes call for Sasko Flour. I'm sure you can use whatever brand of flour happens to be in your pantry.Interestingly, considering that the contest was sponsored by dotMobi, the Sasko Flour won in spite of only managing a 3 out of 5 ("Fair") on the Ready.mobi test, dotMobi's automated checker for compliance with mobile best practices. I think this points up the limitations of automated testing more than actual deficiencies with the site's usability or compatibility with a variety of browsers. Sasko Flour's page sizes are small and the site seems to work very well on my test phones including ones with the Openwave and Motorola MIB browsers, which are rather picky about markup errors and page weights.
Cuisine du Mode
A food-based social networking site, where users can share their favorite dishes, review and recommend restaurants and share and upload pictures of their favorite food and drinks. FaceBook and Twitter integration lets you log into Ninefood using your Facebook credentials and share your Ninefood udates on Twitter.
13-May-2013: mobile browsers are redirected to a 404 page.