Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The Best Food Delivery Apps

The Best Food Delivery AppsOver the past several months, as pandemic restrictions continue, in-restaurant dining has become virtually non-existent. But that hasn’t done anything to curb our craving for pizza, burgers, or sushi from our favorite local restaurants. Fortunately, we can still satisfy our cravings…at home.

In order to stay afloat, restaurants that may never have considered it before now offer their food for delivery. And there are a lot of them. The many restaurants going this direction have prompted something of a renaissance in food delivery and, especially, food delivery mobile apps. Already successful food delivery apps have become even bigger, while new ones have popped up and continue to grow.

But how do you know which food delivery app is right for you? What food delivery apps offer free delivery? Which one has special promos to help you get the most bang for your buck? Which ones are actually available in your area?

A few of the most popular food delivery apps are listed below. To help you decide which app could be the best one for you, we will outline each company’s breadth of service, delivery fees, customer loyalty programs, and other vital tidbits of info. (For the sake of conciseness, this list is limited to services that deliver food from restaurants; not groceries or meal kits.)


Grubhub was founded in 2004 by “two hungry web developers, looking for an alternative to flipping through paper menus to order takeout.” It has since blossomed into one of the top food delivery apps available. They serve more than 30 million customers across thousands of U.S. cities.

Delivery fee: Varies, often free with order minimum; also offers pick-up options.

Customer loyalty and other programs:

  • Grubhub+ (monthly membership program)
  • Grubhub Perks (deals, coupons, promos, etc.)
  • Donate the Change (option at checkout to round total of order up to nearest dollar and have Grubhub donate it to partner charities)

Other tidbits: Grubhub is the parent company for other popular food delivery apps, including Seamless, LevelUp, AllMenus, and Menupages.


The Doordash website was launched in 2013, featuring menus from local restaurants in Palo Alto, CA. It now has offerings from hundreds of thousands of restaurants across the US, Canada, and Australia.

Delivery fees: Free-$3.99; also offers pick-up options.

Customer loyalty and other programs:

  • DashPass (free delivery on every order over $12)
  • Friends and Family Referral Program (incentives for customer referrals)
  • Project DASH (works with restaurants to donate food instead of throwing it away)

Uber Eats

Uber Eats was launched as a logical extension of the popular ride-share service. Basically, you can order food just as easily as you order a ride. It serves thousands of cities across the U.S., and many other countries worldwide.

Delivery fees: $0.49-$9.49

Customer loyalty and other programs:

  • Uber Eats Pass (monthly savings subscription)
  • Food donation deliveries (in collaboration with multiple partner organizations)

Other tidbits: Uber shares data from more than 10 billion ride share and food delivery trips with urban planners to help them design “cities of the future.”


Postmates was launched back in 2011. It is a service that delivers restaurant takeout food, groceries, convenience store products, and other items. It currently features offerings from over 600,000 total merchants, and they serve roughly 80% of US households.

Delivery fees: Free-$3.99.

Customer loyalty and other programs:

  • Unlimited (membership that offers free delivery on every order over $12, special offers, giveaways)
  • Postmates Party (real-time local order patterns, free delivery on orders over $10)
  • FoodFight! (pickup and delivery of excess restaurant food to local shelters)


Delivery.com was created to deliver a variety of products from restaurants, liquor stores, grocery stores, and laundry and dry cleaning providers. It currently serves 2400+ cities in the US with 19,000 merchants.

Delivery fees: Free, in most areas.

Customer loyalty and other programs:

  • Delivery Points (earn points with orders to get credits or prizes, or to make a donation)
  • Tell-a-Friend (customer referral program; earn $10 in credits for each new referral that signs up)

Each app may differ in its exact service area, membership pricing, and how much it gives back to communities. But odds are there is at least one that is a good fit for you. That means, wherever you may be in the US, you can quickly and conveniently find the best food area restaurants have to offer, and then have it delivered right to you.

All that from the comfort of your sofa. In your sweatpants. What a great time to be alive!

For more information about apps and other things that can make your life easier, read more about them on the PeopleFinders blog.

Photo credit: Tero Vesalainen – www.shutterstock.com

Nissa has been the Digital Copywriter for PeopleFinders since 2018. She loves researching new topics, and then providing readers with information that is (hopefully) interesting and helpful.

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