MapMuse Announces Release of Chowdown Countdown Locator

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iPhone App Connects Users with Restaurants Featured on the Travel Channel Show "Chowdown Countdown"

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Chowdown Countdown...was the definitive list of where to find world-class grub in America, and our app ensures that fans will still know where to find that grub.

MapMuse today announced the release of the Chowdown Countdown Locator, an app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that connects fans of the hit Travel Channel show, Chowdown Countdown, with the restaurants they’ve seen featured on it.

“Although Chowdown Countdown only ran for 5 episodes, it was more than just a blip on the radar for TV food fans,” says Mike Pilon, owner of MapMuse. “It was the definitive list of where to find world-class grub in America, and our app ensures that fans will still know where to find that grub.” The show, a five-episode miniseries that aired in January of 2010, listed the 101 best American “chowdown restaurants,” as defined by the places serving the biggest and tastiest greasy-spoon dishes. Typical meals featured on the show included a five-pound burrito, a Frisbee-sized hamburger, and a twelve-egg omelet.

The Chowdown Countdown Locator app provides users with the featured dish and ranking of each of the 101 restaurants chosen by the Travel Channel, as well as instant driving directions, contact details, and web links. “The idea is that fans of the show will visit these awesome restaurants in real life,” says Pilon. Although Chowdown Countdown episodes supplied the name and approximate location of each featured restaurant, the locator app packages these details and more into an easy-to-use, interactive map. Users simply have to touch the icon over a restaurant’s location to learn all about it.

The Chowdown Countdown Locator retails for $2.99 on the iTunes app store. In the interest of including fans of the show who don’t have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, MapMuse has also provided a free web map of Chowdown Countdown restaurants on their website. Users of either interface who visit one of the 101 locations are encourages to share photos and reviews with other users. “It’s a bit like a mini Yelp-type platform just for Chowdown Countdown restaurants,” says Pilon.

MapMuse, an internet and app development company based out of Reston, VA is no newcomer to the TV food show locator market. Among its App Store catalog, one can find titles such as the “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Locator,” the “Bizarre Foods Locator,” and the “Best Thing I Ever Ate Locator.” Users can add restaurants from other food shows to their Chowdown Countdown map via in-app purchases.

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