Google Places for iPhoneKyle VanHemert1/12/11 7:20pmFiled to: AppOfTheDayGizmodos app of the dayappsGoogle PlacesPlacesGoogleIphoneApps66EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkGoogle's library of data is immense, sometimes dauntingly so. The new Google Places iPhone app is an elegant entry point into one particularly dark and disorganized fold of Google's mega-brain: their restaurant, bar, and venue listings.What is it?Google Places, iPhone, Free. Once upon a time, Google tried to buy the restaurant-rating site Yelp. When that fell through, they decided they'd just build their own version. Google Places for iPhone, which includes Google's new restaurant recommendation engine, Hotpot, is a key piece of that puzzle, a polished resource for finding nearby restaurants, bars, and cafes when people are out and about. Places has been on Android for a minute now, natch, but the iPhone version opens the service up to tons more users (and soon, with the Verizon iPhone, tons and tons of more users).