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Searching for a restaurant that can satisfy everyone's culinary preferences isn't particularly easy on a smartphone's data connection. The process typically involves searching for a specific website, hoping there's a mobile version (nope), and searching around for a menu. Now Google's rolling out a feature in the US that should streamline things a bit. Just search Google for the menu and watch it appear as the top result.

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The menu comes complete with tabs for accessing different parts of menu, such as appetizers, entrees, and desserts. As you can see in the image provided, it helps to be a little bit demanding and insist that Google "show me the menu for" when looking for food.

The feature appears to be active immediately, but it may take a while before it supports the majority of restaurants around you. I had success searching for the same "Fonda San Miguel" restaurant provided in the screenshot, Pizza Hut, and a local Chinese place, but I had no luck with searches for Burger King, Chipotle, or Olive Garden. Right now the feature is more cool than useful, but hopefully that changes soon enough.

Source: Google+

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Justin Foster

    And this is why Google remains the number one preferred search engine.

    • ddpacino

      Several years ago, I began asking how Google could make Search better than what it was. They continue to amaze me... several times per year.

      • Justin Foster

        Haha I know right. Can't wait for I/O 2014

    • Joris Griffioen

      Yep, this is a great answer to the Microsoftees that say Bing is "just as good".
      Yeah for straight website searches from keywords maybe, for providing an actual answer to your actual question .. Google's killing it.

      • James

        Fortunately for MS, most people live outside the US. So Bing=Google=Yahoo=whatever.

        • Joris Griffioen

          I live outside of the US and Google is definitely better here than Bing/others.

          • Milind Shah

            Definitely.

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      It would've been event better if these small features were available somewhere else other than the Murica

    • QW

      ....in America. But then again, the whole world is America.

  • clay

    +1 for fonda san miguel. Austin in the house!

    • yippiedad

      Agree! Might have to go there tonight - it's less than a mile away from my house.

      • irishtexmex

        My friend was just espousing its food to me yesterday. This must be a sign for me to check it out.

  • Jeremy Kacher

    I just did Olive Garden and it worked for me

  • TSON1

    It doesn't have McDonald's! Now I'm going to have to eat somewhere else. Great.

  • Sam Hollis

    More blessings from our Google Overlords! Huzzah!

  • hot_spare

    The keyword here is "within US". Nothing new, probably 63% of google services are meant or work properly only in US.

    • SSDROiD

      Was just about to say that! I get so frustrated every time I see valuable features being limited to the United States. There does exist other countries as well!

      • Josh Hurt

        What if I told you that Google is a US company and shouldn't be expected to make all of their features work in other countries? I guess I should be complaining if a huge Chinese company isn't providing me their free services in the US.

        • SSDROiD

          I hope you're trolling. There's like a monumental difference. Google does Internet-related services. The Internet has no regional boundaries, and thus, a company that operates with Internet-related services should do so at an international level as far as their contracts reach. And even if what you said was true about how they are not expected to roll out these features to the world, there are plenty of services from Google that are available in all territories. Had none of them been available in my country, then I wouldn't be frustrated at all. If only specific parts of the service is available in my region, then yes, I reserve the right to be frustrated. P.S. Google may be free to you, but companies pay Google for advertising, I pay Google for Google Drive storage (and Google Play Music All Access if it ever reaches my region) and everyone pays for Android phones. Google may be a registered United States company, but it has headquarters and operates with some services in almost every country on Earth.

  • Rob

    Doesn't work for me except with Fonda San Miguel, and I'm a long way from Austin, Texas. LOL.

  • RockAndRock

    Not available in France :/

  • michael interbartolo

    maybe next update will be "Okay Google order me a pizza" and based on recent menu searches and past email confirmations it will know what pizza to order and from where and just make it happen.

    • SSDROiD

      The epitome of laziness! :D

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    Yelp usually has links to the menu, which is why they're still my first stop.

  • dude

    Chipotle is overrated. Give Tijuana Flats a try.