Picture this, you are starving after a nice long walk along the beach and are craving some authentic street tacos like loco. The local taco stand has a line out the door, which is a tell tale sign of good grub, but the line must be 10 people deep! After drooling over the menu while in line you know exactly what you want with no sour cream and extra guacamole! You pull out your handy Smartphone and simply tap your order in, and ‘Whalla’, by the time you would be paying in line you are stuffing your face!
The time is 2013 and Carlsbad eateries have responded to the patron demand for efficiency and customization by incorporating on-line ordering and phone apps into their range of service. These apps or widgets allow you to view specials, beers on tap, access coupons and customize or pre-order your order. These convenience applications are ideal when you are in a hurry or on a timeline. Eatery rewards and loyalty programs continue to abound, however the stand out affiliate rewards program MOGL has additional perks for patrons besides 10% cash back and bonus items, and MOGL also donates a portion to charity from the fee that it costs the restaurant owners to participate.
Social Media has also entered the realm of the dining experience and provides more than feedback or reviews. With Facebook for business restaurant owners are able to create a full sense of their eateries vibe and quality of food. Often this is a great platform for specials, events, contests, feedback, community involvement, and of course delicious pictures of food!
So far in and around the village of Carlsbad I have found Senor Grubby’s which has authentic Mexican food, Paradise Pizza offering the best healthiest in pies, and Vigilucci’s the real Italiano, with more to come. If you find anymore, please leave a comment and share it with the rest of us.