Can I find restaurants near an intersection in Google Maps?
I'm trying to arrange a date and we're meeting mid-point between our houses to minimize driving. Problem is, neither of us know the area very well. Is there some way in Google Maps or some other tool to specify a location and then learn what restaurants are in that immediate vicinity?
Oh heck yeah. Google Maps has a ton of untapped power and capabilities that incredibly few people know about and use. I use Google Maps a couple of times a week (and a lot more if you count my iPhone usage) and am constantly experimenting to see what it can do and how I can have it even more helpful.
When your question came in, I was also faced with a similar dilemma. My pal Joel and I were planning a lunch and agreed that meeting somewhere along the Interstate 25 corridor north of Denver would be approximately midpoint and convenient for my later schedule both. He suggested an exit, but neither of us knew, top of our heads, what was there.
Here's how I figured it out with Google Maps...
First step is to enter the address. Since it's an intersection, use the "street & street" format, as I have done here:
Notice that even as I type in the abbreviated address Google Maps is trying to expand it to be more accurate (that is, "I-25" is better written as "Interstate 25"). Still, I ignore it and press Return to search. Maps complains that it's found two matches for that intersection:
Kind of weird to have two dramatically different zip codes at the same address in the same city, but I figure since they're both in Colorado, they're probably both going to work. I click on the first and...
That's the desired intersection. The photo sure makes it look like it's in the middle of nowhere, doesn't it? Welcome to most of Colorado. Lots of space!
I've highlighted a leftward pointing triangle at the top of the screen. Click on it and all the information on the left is hidden so you can see a lot more of the map. Useful in many cases:
To find what's near a specific spot, simply click on the marker icon. In this case, the "A" bubble. A window pops up with some information and options:
Click on "Search nearby" and the window expands to add an input box:
I enter the word "restaurant" and click "Search" and the map changes quite a bit, adding a bunch of markers and information on the left side about each:
You can scroll down the left side to see if any strike your fancy, or you can just move the cursor over one of the markers, in which case a tiny summary of that particular venue appears:
Gunther Toody's sounds okay, but not so much for a business meeting or an intimate date. So maybe it's worth looking a bit more.
Still, you can see that with just a few clicks there's quite a lot of information you can glean from Google Maps, even if it's an area that's hundreds or even thousands of miles from your current location!
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