How to Order Food Delivery From Restaurants Online

Various food products delivered to the restaurant on a table.Pixel-Shot /

Food delivery is much more than pizza these days. If you stay indoors, you can get delivery dishes from your favorite local restaurants with a few clicks or clicks. The delivery driver can leave food at your door.

Is delivery safe during the coronavirus pandemic?

Stephen Morse, epidemiologist at Columbia University, said Atlantic “Cooked food is unlikely to be a problem unless it becomes contaminated after cooking.” You may want to avoid uncooked foods like salad, but “there should be very little risk” with cooked food being handled properly.

Morse continued: “There may be transmission from contaminated inanimate objects, but we believe that the most important route of transmission is respiratory droplets.” It is how the CDC says COVID-19 is spreading, also. Based on this, your main risk is likely related to coughing, sneezing, or perhaps even breathing of infected people. Interacting with your delivery driver could be the riskiest part.

This is one of the reasons why more delivery services are adding “contactless deliveries. You can ask them to leave the food at your door so that you don’t even have to interact with the delivery driver and, of course, you can tip online. Even if a delivery application does not offer a special “contactless” delivery option, you can send a message to the delivery person via the delivery application and ask him to leave the food at the door upon arrival.

If you are receiving food or something else, it is a good idea to wash your hands immediately after touching the container and before eating. Transfer the food from the take-out container to another dish.

Many states allow restaurants and bars to remain open for delivery and takeout, even if those restaurants are not allowed to serve and serve customers. Many delivery services are now dispenses with delivery costs for independent restaurants to better support small businesses during this difficult time as well. With what we know right now, delivering food to a restaurant is a good way to support local businesses and give you a break from cooking.

How to order food online

Signs for GrubHub, Postmates and Uber Eats in a restaurant.David Tonelson /

Most restaurant delivery services operate as Uber or Lyft– they pay a driver to go to the restaurant, pick up your food for you, then deliver it to you. The driver is affiliated with the delivery service and is not an employee of the restaurant.

Some restaurants in your area may be available only for specific applications. It’s worth checking out several apps, especially if you can’t find your favorite restaurant in the first one you visit.

You will likely pay more than if you had takeout in person. For some restaurants, prices may be higher than they are in the restaurant, and there are usually shipping costs and tips to consider. However, these services sometimes offer a discount on your first order.

Here is a list of services to consult, sorted by order of popularity:

DoorDash is now the most popular food delivery service in the United States. It promises access to more than 300,000 restaurants in the United States and Canada.
Grubhub is a popular food delivery service that also offers more than 300,000 restaurants. The same company owns Seamless.
Uber states belongs to Uber. He uses Uber’s network of drivers to pick up food from a variety of nearby restaurants and deliver it to you.
Postmates is a delivery service that offers delivery from local restaurants. Beyond restaurant food, drivers will pick up and deliver a variety of other things from local businesses, from groceries and alcohol to clothing and pharmaceuticals.
Waitr is available in some american states and now also offers contactless delivery. There may be other small services, like Waitr, which are popular where you live.

Once you’ve chosen a delivery service app and found a restaurant, all you need to do is create an account and place your order. You can order through the website or install the service app on your iPhone or Android phone. You can even tip online and give directions (like leaving food at your door) to the driver. It’s a simple process and you can use the same app to re-order food in the future.

Of course, some restaurants, like pizzerias, have their own delivery drivers. If you have a favorite restaurant, you may want to call them and ask them the best way to order food for delivery.

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