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We’ve all been there when you want to go out to eat, and you can’t decide where to go. Are you craving sushi? Do you want kebabs? Where should we celebrate Taco Tuesday? You ask your significant other or friends for suggestions, but they aren’t helpful.  That’s where French Fry comes in.

Launched by former UTSA student Zaheer Pirani, French Fry was born out of that same problem. Pirani and his roommates would toss out a few ideas, they could never agree on where they wanted to eat out, and would wind up hangry and going to the same restaurants time and time again.

Pirani became frustrated and tired of this first-world problem and felt there was something he could do, so in March of 2020, he set out to create an app just for those dining out woes and began development in April.


He brought on two developers to help him design the app that lets users swipe left and right on restaurants they like or don’t like. Once they’re finished, a winner is chosen. Yes, it might be a little similar to users on dating apps.

“Our app is unique because it puts the food options right in your face and you and your friends are finally given the option to collectively decide on a restaurant quicker compared to everyone scrolling through Safari and yielding different results,” Pirani said.

“If people are familiar with the swipe method from dating apps such as Tinder or Bumble, you understand how quickly the app can move when you’re making a decision. Instead of swiping right and left on people, you’re now swiping right if you like a place and swiping left if you don’t.”

The main screen of the app gives users two options: quick play or a create an event, which allows you to swipe solely for yourself or with friends. Users can choose filters such as distance, price range and cuisine options. And then have at it and swipe through photos and reviews of each restaurant, populated with public data. Once you’re done swiping, your dinner problem now has a solution.

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Pirani said the app is accessible worldwide and helps give exposure to local mom and pop restaurants that may not pop-up when diners are scrolling through Yelp or Google Maps.

Pirani hired his roommate, best friend and fellow UTSA student at the time, Amaan Dosani as the head of marketing, because of his experience in the marketing world.

The app is just shy of 25,000 downloads since its one-month debut and has been popular mostly in states like Florida and Texas where businesses are open.

Pirani and Dosani feel the app hasn’t reached its full potential quite yet and are big believers in their 25 student ambassadors, who use popular platforms such as TikTok, Twitter and Instagram to help promote French Fry.

“We have student ambassadors who are scattered throughout Texas and we feel like without them we wouldn’t be able to reach our maximum number of users,” Dosani said.

Besides their student ambassadors, the duo, now juniors at the University of Texas at Austin, has relied on word-of-mouth advertising, as well as friendsand family to promote their app.

For more information and to download the app, visit FrenchFryapp.com.

Rocky Garza Jr. is a freelance journalist in San Antonio. See his work in the San Antonio Heron, MySA and also a editor for The Ranger at San Antonio College 



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