Uber for restaurants? New app allows diners to speed up their meals

HOUSTON -- Dining out at a restaurant can be a welcome respite from the hectic pace of life, but certain aspects of the ritual can feel like a waste of time. Waiting to order and then waiting to pay can add 15 or 20 minutes to a meal. When time is tight, that's the difference between being able to eat out or having to settle for delivery.

If only a way existed that would allow diners to show up, sit down, and receive food promptly by ordering their meals in advance. As it so happens, there's an app for that, and it's just launched in Houston.

Allset, a San Francisco-based service that takes the hassle out of dining out, has arrived in the Bayou City. The concept is simple: Users book a table, pre-order, and pre-pay for a meal before setting foot in the restaurant. Simply schedule through the mobile app (for Android and iPhone) or online.

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