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No time to waste: 9 apps to avoid long waits

Jasmine France | Sept. 5, 2013
Hate to wait? Get in line. And then get through that line as quickly as possible thanks to these handy apps.

The end game for eating out isn't always the same: Sometimes you want to try the hottest new restaurant in town, and other times you just want to eat something tried and true. Right now. For diners in Portland, Oregon, TablesUp provides the solution. Free apps for Android and iOS show live wait times for restaurants in the city, designated by green (under 10 minutes), yellow (10 to 30 minutes), and red (more than 30 minutes) icons. You can view times by restaurant name, or see the icons on a map, which is handy if you're looking for an alternate spot nearby. The developers hope to add more cities soon, though no word yet on which one might be next.

We're waiting on...Waitbot. This catch-all app just entered beta testing in Chicago and aims to list wait times for everything from public transit and government services (we're looking at you, DMV) to nail salons and nightclubs. Transit, emergency medical services, and restaurants are currently online.


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