For those of you who aren’t already aware of it, Smorgie.com is a remarkably easy-to-use online repository of restaurants you can list, save, and exchange with friends. Not the first of its kind, it is nonetheless a fun way to keep track of where you’re going and where you’ve been (not to mention an assured way of injecting at least one cute-sounding word into your vocabulary from time to time, as I defy anyone to say the word “Smorgie” aloud and not have it conjure a mental image of something adorable.)
Smorgie.com is free to join and its lists are customizable any way you choose. Want to add a restaurant to multiple lists? No problem. Want to call your list “Places I ate my weight in pudding?” Smorgie.com’ll be your huckleberry. It also informs you if you are the first person to enter a particular restaurant in the system (you ahead-of-the-curve trendsetter, you) and allows you to contribute personal notes and photos to entries.
As far as disadvantages or snags in the relatively new system, I do find as of the writing of this post, that an inability to enter telephone numbers when attempting to add certain restaurant entries continues to thwart such efforts (as in certain cases, the telephone number field remains blank and does not register any digits typed into it.) Since one often is not permitted to add a new restaurant entry without a phone number, those cases have found me unable to add a particular restaurant. I am optimistic enough, however, to trust that this wrinkle will be ironed out soon enough, thus it in no way detracts from my positive experiences with Smorgie.com so far.
As a beta user before it went live to the masses a few days ago, I’d very much like to be able to say “Flavorful World was down with Smorgie.com before it was cool.” But I can’t. Because Smorgie.com is already cool, and was long before I received the invitation to try it out. And anyone who loves dining out and making online friends would be wise to join up and start making lists, following the lists of others, friending up like-minded eaters, and spreading the word about where to sip and chew with relished abandon.