Locate Special Diet (Version 1.0)

Platform and Price
Free. Apple

RDN Score
2 out of 5

Synopsis of the App
Locate Special Diet helps you find gluten-free, organic, local, paleo, vegan and vegetarian-friendly food and drink options near you.


  • Provides options for restaurants, drinks and grocery.
  • Filter by diet preferences and a comprehensive list of food types from African to Vietnamese and everything between.
  • Discover new food options nearby and view menus within the app (when available).
  • Option to easily submit a new business for inclusion.
  • Website offers a duplicate of the app's database.
  • Login is optional.


  • More integrated formatting would significantly improve the user experience.
  • Limited number of businesses included in the database.
  • While helpful, the dining advice tip sheets are not integrated and require resizing to read and scroll through content.
  • Getting directions to the food destination takes you outside the app.
  • Tips and menu sections for restaurants rely on user input and are often empty.
  • App does not cater to people with allergies except gluten.

Bottom Line
Locate Special Diet helps you identify restaurants and grocery stores that meet multiple diet preferences. However, this version of the app leaves many details to be desired.  

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Marisa Moore, MBA, RDN, LD, is based in Atlanta and specializes in culinary nutrition, communications and consulting. She blogs at marisamoore.com. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.