6 food delivery services you might not know about — but need to

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Whether it’s tacos from your favorite restaurant, pizza for a party or bagels after a long night out, there’s nothing like hearing your doorbell ring, letting you know that your takeout order has finally arrived.

Of course, due to the recent quarantine mandates, food delivery services have risen in popularity, with sales nearly doubling year-over-year through the month of April, according to Second Measure, a credit-card data research firm.

Uber Eats comes out on top as the most used service, with Postmates and DoorDash just behind it. However, there are plenty of other food delivery services in the U.S. to consider, with more restaurant options and even some deals.

Below, we’ve listed all of the best food delivery services for getting your favorite eats delivered right to your door (with no contact delivery if you so choose). So, the next time you’re trying to think of what to eat, this roundup can really help make your options feel limitless.

Postmates

Postmates delivers food, groceries and other goods from over 600,000 restaurants and stores across the U.S. You can also subscribe to Postmates Unlimited, which provides free delivery on all orders over $12 for $9.99 per month or $99.99 for a full year. (Try Postmates Unlimited free for 30 days here.)

The service also has a list of daily deals to choose from, like $5 off $15 at BurgerFi and other local spots.

Another great perk: Once your order is placed, a vetted delivery person picks up your order and Postmates provides status updates, even showing where your delivery is located through a virtual road map.

GrubHub

Grubhub works with over 300,000 restaurants in the U.S. to deliver your favorite meals. Right now, the service is offering an ongoing perk: Get $10 off $30 or more from select restaurants daily, between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. And, with Grubhub Plus, you can get unlimited free delivery and 10 percent cash back for every $10 spent, for only $9.99 per month.

During these uncertain times for restaurants, many of which have had to close or limit operations, Grubhub also is offering customers a chance to round up orders to the nearest dollar and donate the change to the Grubhub Community Relief Fund. The fund supports local restaurants and every cent donated is matched by Grubhub.

Something to note: Grubhub also owns delivery services Seamless, MenuPages, LevelUp, and AllMenus. Seamless is currently offering all of the same promotions as Grubhub.

DoorDash

DoorDash works with over 300,000 local and national restaurants across the U.S. and Canada, and delivers food as well as household goods. Similar to other delivery services, DoorDash has something called DashPass, which provides subscribers with zero delivery fees and reduced service fees on orders over $12, plus other exclusive restaurant deals. The services cost $9.99 per month.

The company also started Project Dash, an initiative that focuses its work on hunger and food waste in local communities, and works with Feeding America.

Goldbelly

Goldbelly is unique in that it delivers food from restaurants and bakeries nationwide. If you have a favorite pizza place in Chicago but live in Ohio, you can have your pie delivered (albeit frozen with instructions for heating), or if you love an NYC bakery’s cookies but are in Texas, you can get those delivered.

Food is sorted by region, cuisine and restaurant, but the site also sells a few restaurant meal kits for making your favorite dishes at home, like burgers from Shake Shack.

Right now, to support restaurants and healthcare workers, Goldbelly is also offering GiveBelly subscriptions, which for a monthly fee, delivers the “very best Goldbelly-approved foods” from restaurants in a city chosen by you. You can choose from NYC, New Orleans, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from each subscription will go towards the delivery of Goldbelly boxes to healthcare workers and first responders of that city.

Caviar

You may be able to tell from the name, but Caviar is a more elevated food delivery service. It only works with local and independent restaurants for delivery, pickup or catering. This is where you’ll probably find the high-end steakhouse in town for ordering dinner or the independently-owned ice cream shop with the unique flavors.

The food is sorted by cuisines like other services, but also has a section of restaurants that have zero delivery fees, are women-owned and are trending in the area. They also have categories for dishes under $15, healthy-ish eats and more.

Caviar also tends to have an extended delivery area, meaning restaurants that are too far to deliver to you on other apps may be available here.

Uber Eats

Uber Eats is just like regular Uber, but instead of ordering a car to drive you, you order a car to pick up and drop off your food. It’s simple!

Uber Eats is available in over 500 cities in the U.S. (plus other countries!) and delivers everything from Dunkin’ to Starbucks and McDonald’s to Taco Bell. Plus, more of your favorite local spots. With that said, it’s especially great for fast food and coffee, as most of those places don’t deliver on other apps.

Similar to how you order an Uber car (and similar to Postmates), when your food is picked up by your delivery person (in a car, bike or scooter), you can track its way towards you.

If you enjoyed this article, you may also enjoy reading about how Shipt offers same-day grocery delivery from your favorite local stores.

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