Tasty Duel Hosts Restaurant Deathmatches

So, you do prefer to eat a Big Mac or is a Whopper more your kind of thing? Maybe you’d rather have burritos at Chipotle Mexican Grill rather than a giant plate of pasta at The Cheesecake Factory? What if someone turned this questions into a game that you can play online?

That’s precisely the idea behind Tasty Duel, which we’ll be taking a look at through today’s review. This is quite unlike most of the other sites and products that I’ve reviewed on John’s blog in the past. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

The Facemash of Restaurant Choices

Did you watch The Social Network movie last year? In it, we got a pretty good look at the early days of Facebook and how Mark Zuckerberg got his start. And it all started with something called Facemash. This was fundamentally the precursor of Hot or Not.

The difference with Tasty Duel is that they’ve replaced the pretty faces of girls on a college campus with the logos of various restaurants and eateries. These include actual sit-down restaurants, as well as fast food joints.

The “game” part of the site consists of pitting two random restaurants against one another at any given time, and then you select which one you prefer. Then you do it again with another two restaurants. And again with another, and so on and so forth.

Connecting to Your Facebook

There’s no need to create a new account on Tasty Duel to participate on the site. In fact, you don’t even have the option to do that. Instead, the site relies solely on connecting to your Facebook account. It uses the standard authorization process, just like all the apps on Facebook.

After doing that, you get started with playing the game. Here’s the first choice that I got when I gave Tasty Duel a try: Blimpie or Cheesecake Factory. These are two very different places to eat with very different menus. As you make your way through the match-ups, the site will start to figure out what kind of food you like and what you don’t.

There is a privacy policy on the site if you want to read through that. In short, it says that they will be collecting your information and this information could be sold to third parties for advertising and marketing purposes. You can see how general restaurant preference information could prove useful to marketers.

Unlocking More Features and Options

I can see how this kind of mechanism might be fun for the first little while, but you can quickly lose interest in choosing between two random restaurants. That’s why they’ve implemented some incentives for keeping up the action.

After you’ve compared twenty pairs of restaurants, you unlock a list of your favorite restaurants. This comes using the algorithm that I briefly described earlier. If it sees that you consistently rank restaurant A over every other one it gets compared to, there’s a good chance that you really love it.

With each of the pairs, you also have the choice of saying that you’ve never eaten there. This will bring up an alternate eatery and then you can make your choice.

But you might still get bored. The list of “never tried restaurants” might not be quite as useful to you, but the “tasty deals” could be more useful. It’ll likely take some time for Tasty Duel to build up its audience and leverage that against advertisers for these deals, but that could help to save you some lunch money down the road.

What Do You Like to Eat?

Playing Tasty Duel is free and you could unlock some “exclusive Tasty Deals” to keep a few extra dollars in your pocket. You might even think that it’s fun to rank your favorite restaurants using an advanced algorithm like this, rather than just taking your personal guesses. It’s not the most fascinating thing in the world, but it is an amusing diversion.


28 thoughts on “Tasty Duel Hosts Restaurant Deathmatches”

  1. Michael,
    I don’t touch fast food unless there is no other alternatives. One food that I do like is real homemade cheese pizza. There are a couple of local places that can make a “killer” pizza pie.

    1. Zach Crawley says:

      I love homemade pizza … be right back, gonna go make some.


      1. Make Money says:

        I could use some for sure haha!

    2. Michael Kwan says:

      They have some “real” restaurants on Tasty Duel too, like Cheesecake Factory.

      1. Michael,
        I just finished playing the tasty duel. There are restaurants that I have never heard of and some that I thought went out of business.

        Maybe they just don’t have them in my home state anymore. Sizzler was one of the restaurants that left Maryland in the nineties.

    3. Sounds like a great way to offer some advertising eventually or more than they have now.

  2. Make Money says:

    I don’t have any of those restaurants even remotely close to me…Our one and only longhorn closed down recently!

  3. fazal mayar says:

    I dont eat fast food much that is some junk stuff lol but good review!

  4. its very good review and i like to eat junk food and normally we can go out side than we enjoy with food and there are many restaurant which have good quality food is available

  5. Todd Dowell says:

    I’m a big fan of the heart stopping Carl’s Jr. Burgers…. You know the kind with 50 slices of cheese, 5 pounds of meat slapped in between to ridiculously huge buns.

    I don’t usually eat fast food for health reasons, but when i do i go all out at like a fat guy at a picnic, lol

  6. Angela says:

    I prefer to eat homemade pizza and salad. However, when I was very busy and in a hurry, fast food like McD’s is my choice. Moreover, at this time McD provides a breakfast menu.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      McDonald’s is great when you’re in a rush. Also, McDonald’s makes a great long term investment, in my opinion.

  7. Thomas says:

    I’ll eat anywhere. Fast food, family restaurant, fancy restaurant, you name it. I exercise so not too concerned at this point about what I eat. But I eat healthy for the most part.

    If I had to choose, Tony Roma’s for ribs, Olive Garden for pasta, McDonald’s for fast food but Wendy’s is close behind, Cracker Barrel for breakfast, and Outback for steaks.

    Good post John! Thx.

    1. Cracker Barrel is the best for breakfast. I’m going there tomorrow morning as a matter of fact.

      1. Make Money says:

        I will second your opinion on cracker barrel. I put a hurting on their cherry pancakes!

    2. PPC Ian says:

      I really like Olive Garden! The bread sticks are so good. 🙂

      1. If you just like white flour they’re good.

  8. I like food made at home

  9. Techabouts says:


  10. PPC Ian says:

    Seems like a neat concept for a website. I love to eat at restaurants and will definitely check out this website!

  11. fas says:

    Short and sweet review.

  12. i prefer to eat in McD’s if i am hurry….

    1. McD’s will kill you. Watch the movie Supersize Me and you will never eat a Big Mac again.

  13. Dan says:

    I agree that it gets boring really fast. It was a fun time killer for about a minute.

    It was obnoxious having to keep selecting “I’ve never at there” and comparing McDonalds to Texas Roadhouse is no comparison. Seems like they should be able to categorize the businesses better.

  14. Dave says:

    Boring and pointless.Waste of time.

  15. Playing this can lead to cravings…. I assume. 🙂

  16. Questa says:

    I like to eat normal food ,like that fruits ,vegetables and ect .

    1. Finally, someone who likes to eat healthy, real food!

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