Menus4All, A Potential Solution To the Blind Guy With A Print Menu In A Restaurant Problem

Last Updated on: 13th February 2024, 06:24 am

A bit late to the party on this one, but better late than never.

One of the worst parts of going to a restaurant as a blind person is the menu, for obvious reasons. In my experience the staff are generally pretty cool about going through things with you, but why should they have to? They’ve got enough to do. Yes, most restaurants have websites with menus on them here in 2023, but to put it mildly, most of them suuuuuuuuuuuuck. If you can read the menu at all which usually you can’t because it’s helpfully presented as either one big unreadable image or a series of them, it’s often out of date. Nothing quite like having your heart set on something delicious only to show up and find out that they stopped serving it four months ago.

So this is where, if it works as advertised, an app called Menus4All could be a serious game changer.

It boasts 1 million accessible, searchable, up to date restaurant menus for cities across the United States and Canada. A full list of those cities doesn’t appear to be available on the website which is unfortunate, but there’s a 14 day trial before the subscription kicks in that you can use to see how well it does in your area. That subscription is either $2.99 per month or $29.99 annually, which is more than reasonable if this thing is anywhere near as good as it claims to be. I’ll definitely be giving it a go. Even if my own city isn’t well represented, it could still be super handy when travelling to others that are.

At the moment it only appears to be available for iOS. You can find it here.

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