What's on the menu? Just ask Google
Now you can tell the search engine to "show me the menu" and it will oblige your request straightaway.
Google is serving up a tasty search side dish to give those querying for restaurants in the US an immediate way to glance at what's on the menu.
"Just search Google to show you the menu for the eatery you're considering and you can see it right on the top of your search page -- complete with tabs for different parts of the menu (like appetizers, brunch or dinner) and, often, prices -- before you make your reservation," the company announced Friday in a post published to its Google+ social network.
To get the menu results, you can type or speak the question "what's on the menu at [restaurant]?" or command Google to "show me the menu at [restaurant]" from any of Google's search products.
Google is working with an external data provider to source its menu data, though the company isn't disclosing exactly which one. The search giant also isn't revealing how many restaurants will come with menu info, but a spokesperson did say that results should cover most of the popular restaurants in the US.
The useful addition, which falls in line with Google's goal to help people get answers from search as quickly as possible, seems designed to cut out some of the convenience of middle-man applications like Yelp and Foursquare, which also come with menu information.
Google's menu-infused search experience, available on Web and mobile, is rolling out to people now in the US.