Food delivery apps are kind of like that “Expectations/Reality” scene from 500 Days of Summer. Theoretically, you are getting a fresh, delicious and healthy meal within 15-20 minutes. The reality is a bit different. I figured I would start by explaining the commonalities and then the best food delivery apps for each type of person.
For all food delivery apps:
1. Be sure to work the promo codes! If you don’t already get a “first meal free” or equivalent $ credit, look on twitter and search “_app name_ promo” or “_app name_ free”. You’ve helped that person get a free meal, too, so it’s win-win. There are also usually deals around holidays (ex. I got two free mochas from Starbucks from Postmates for Christmas and buffalo wings from Ubereats for the Superbowl)
2. Watch the app once the driver has been dispatched, and call if you need. I’ve had food come earlier and later–the only constant is that the “delivery estimate” is always wrong.
3. If you have severe food allergies or diet restrictions, I’d suggest against these apps completely. A lot of these services aren’t necessarily hitting every pitch out of the park, so your food may be drastically different than what you ordered.
Delivery Service Roundup
If you like healthy food: The best healthy food has to be from Radish. The menu may be uninspired (ex. spaghetti and meatballs, broccoli) and the portions may be small (think small Lean Cuisine size for $15), but it tastes really good. I will still remember that charred broccoli for a while. The other big downside is that their app is horrendous. My best tip is to uninstall and then reinstall app right before your order. Continue reading