Depending on where you live, a delicious meal can be yours just by opening your web browser. Of course word of mouth from friends is always good, but finding the best grub on your own is even better. There are a number of web services that let you log in, choose a restaurant in your area, and order delivery with a couple of clicks. Here’s a look at five of the best. Try them all out and let me know what you think!
Grubhub : Offerred in 13 cities with more on the way, and hundreds of restaurants in major metropolitan areas around the country. Offered in both iOS and Android apps to make ordering dinner easy if you’re still at the office and want to pick up, or if you’re on the train home and want to order dinner on the way.
Seamless : Seamless (formerly SeamlessWeb) features over 7,000 restaurants in close to 30 cities in the United States, as well as London, England. Seamless is another service that largely supports major metropolitan areas, and partnering restaurants in those areas that don’t deliver on their own, or want access to a broader group of customers. Seamless features mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Blackberry, and keeps track of your favorite meals for quick reference later.
Campusfood : If you’re a teacher grading papers or a student working on a research paper late into the night, you may get hungry but you don’t have time to break and go off campus for a meal. Campusfood will bring local eats to you while you study, and let you earn points, badges, and rewards while you do it. The service supports over 300 campuses around the country. Just give Campusfood your state and the campus you live on or near, and they’ll walk you through the rest.
Foodler : Foodler is another service that connects you with local restaurants and lets you order from their menus and have the food delivered to you. Foodler’s specialty is small local eateries that probably don’t deliver on their own, like small cafes and bistros. They also offer an incentive program that lets you collect points, redeemable for free meals.
Eat24Hours : Eat24Hours supports over 400 cities in major metropolitan areas and smaller suburban communities alike. Search by type of cuisine or by address to see who’s delivering in your area and what’s available to eat. The service also offers live chat and customer support for order status and issues with your meal. Available mobile apps for iOS and Android, with a Blackberry app on the way.