The new algorithm for finding the perfect location for eating a great meal is pretty straightforward.
“It’s pretty simple to put the food into a menu, choose the food you want, and it will look for that food,” says Jonathan Storch, the director of design at Facebook’s food team.
“The thing that’s not clear is where in the menu you should eat.
If you want a burger, the hamburger menu is where you should go.
If your going to the bar, the bar menu is what you should be going to.”
So the company created a menu with only a few items you want to eat in each location.
Each restaurant was given a specific menu item, like a pizza, but could also add another one of its own, like chips, pasta, or soup.
The algorithm then looked at those choices and suggested which restaurant was the best fit for that menu item.
It also tried to get a sense of what your favorite food is.
“We’re not looking at how many calories you eat.
We’re not asking you to get up and go and eat your favorite dessert, that’s a separate question.
We know what you like and want and what your food preferences are,” says Storck.
You can see how the algorithms work in the table below.
You might see some food items with very few options, like meatballs.
The table shows how the algorithm guesses which restaurant to order at.
The bar menu in this image was created by the same team.
Storches team also worked on a way to automatically suggest restaurants that were close to the user.
You see the algorithm looking at your location and choosing the nearest place you like to eat, while also suggesting nearby places that were near by.
You get to decide which restaurant you want by using the new menu item that appears at the top of the page.
For example, you might want a pizza and not a hamburger, but the bar has a hamburgers menu option.
When the user visits the bar they get the option to order a pizza with an additional option, a burger.
Storbch says the company wants to be able to help users find their way around a restaurant and give them a little push to find a place they love.
“You can have a burger with pasta, a salad with a salad, and then a chicken salad and a pasta with chicken.
Or you can have one sandwich with three different items.
And you can pick what you want,” he says.
The new menu also includes a list of the most popular places in the restaurant, and also a map with suggestions based on what people have been ordering in the past.
The map has been redesigned, and you can now see the map on the right side of the screen.
The food team also added a “recommendations” section that shows the top rated restaurants, and a “trends” section for the restaurants that are in the spotlight right now.
For instance, a restaurant with an impressive score might be mentioned in the news about how it’s changing or has a lot of good reviews.
The restaurant also now shows the location of the bar where the user’s eating, which can be helpful if you are ordering outside or on a weekend.
“If we can get the restaurant in the top 10 or the top 5, we’ll be more likely to get people ordering in,” says Shilpa Raja, the lead chef at The Lazy Goat in Chicago.