Imagine this: you get home from work on a random Wednesday night and collapse onto your couch, feeling tired from the long, trying day you’ve had. You’re happy to be home -nothing can ever beat that feeling. Then, you close your eyes and allow yourself to drift off into a light slumber because you’re just that tired.
But suddenly- your stomach grumbles in protest.
You’re now faced with a dilemma. Either tire yourself out all the more and withstand the long process of cooking (plus all the cleaning afterwards) or, grab your phone and open that delivery app you’ve downloaded not too long ago for a quick, convenient meal.
If you’re one of those who haven’t had the chance to have these apps ready in your phone, you’re in luck- as we’re about to count down the top three mobile applications that Bostonians use to get through all those lazy days and nights!
Yelp is probably one of the most famous mobile applications around that deals with giving consumers a peek into their preferred services and how they are through the different customer reviews present in one page. Whether it be the best restaurants, nail salons or even cleaning services, this application can give you the information you seek.
This go-to app acquired the food ordering platform Eat24 not too long ago, which has made it easier for people to go from browsing through menus on Yelp to ordering their preferred dishes and have it delivered straight to their doorsteps without breaking a sweat. Yelp has been keen on expanding for quite a while, and being able to have the Eat24 aboard, consumers now have an easier way to have their food delivered to them at any time of the day through a mobile app.
Of course, Grubhub cannot be left out of the equation when one talks about food delivery apps. It is after all, arguably one of the most popular of its kind around. Founded in 2004 and was considered early on as an innovative idea to order food for either pick-up or delivery, Boston is lucky to have the darling of the food delivery app industry available virtually in every nook and cranny of the city ever since then.
With the company constantly reinventing itself for the benefit of its patrons, the application just added Apple Pay just last month so as to cater to those who prefer paying this way. Apple Pay gets rid of the long, tedious process of filling out credit card information sheets and with a touch of a finger (quite literally, actually) rids that whole process and makes the transaction easier.
We are proud to include Foodler in this list for one main reason. The reason being that this application was actually born in the city of Boston, and has been Grubhub’s long standing, formidable rival since ’04.
It has now expanded to have about 12,000 restaurants in its roster all over the 48 states that it is present in. More than that, it was the first ever food ordering application that used electronic currency in the form of “FoodlerBucks”. The users of Foodler can use FoodlerBucks to purchase gift certificates and other freebies from the application. Not surprisingly of course, because of this, people have raved over Foodler because of the exemplary rewards program it has and the unique discount specials it offers to its customers with every successful order.
Founded in December of 1999, the greatest thing about Seamless is that, among its extensive lists of restaurants- there is no delivery fee! It does of course have order minimums for each restaurant, but isn’t that a better deal altogether, anyways?!
This on-demand restaurant delivery service is definitely one of Boston’s favorites. One reason would be that a lot of the restaurants listed are your typical fast food chains that normally wouldn’t be listed elsewhere. From The Cheesecake Factory to Burger King and of course, America’s favorite- McDonalds!
DoorDash was founded in the year 2013 by three Stanford students- Andy Fang, Stanley Tang and Tony Xu. It is definitely one of Boston’s most favorite go-to app!
If you aren’t familiar of the Uber ride sharing company then you’re probably living under a rock. Behold, UberEats – their sister company that focuses on bringing you your meal, instead of bringing you to different destinations.
An app that is inside the Uber app and even has its own stand-alone app. There are two different versions of the UberEats service: a full restaurant delivery or UberEats Instant Delivery.
The former of the two involves the same process as the aforementioned apps, while the second option has Uber drivers picking up pre-prepared meals. They store them in a warm bag and have to schedule service hours in between their Uber shifts. The app will tell you if the pickup is crubside, or if you have to go out the door to get your order- which is another added, cool feature!
Known as “a logistics company that operates a network of couriers who deliver goods locally”, Postmates has been making a splash in the food delivery business ever since its establishment in the year 2011. Founded by Bastian Lehmann, Postmates also has a wide selection of restaurants and even non-restaurant merchants (e.g. 7-Eleven) that really makes everything a lot easier for its patrons- no matter what their needs are.