These days, groceries for a nutritionally-calibrated meal, prepayment for a latte and house-made charcuterie are all just a click away — with the right app.
Philly’s network of delivery and payment app services is growing by the minute (we’re looking at you, UberEATS and Spotluck) and covering all the bases, anticipating our every need before our stomachs even have the chance to rumble. Note that nearly all of these services will deliver to hotels, too.
Here are some of the apps that are taking instant gratification to a whole new level.
Exciting news! Uber is now more than a transportation tool in Philly -- it's also a food delivery service. UberEATS launched on Wednesday, August 17 in Philadelphia with a solid list of participating restaurants. With the click of a button, you can have food from El Vez, Zavino, DanDan, Paesano's and more delivered to you at home, work or wherever you are. Plus, UberEATS users can just use an existing Uber account (including home address and credit card information) for UberEATS. Happy dining!
This app brings a little gambler’s spontaneity into the mix with the spin of a wheel. The wheel lands on a given discount at any one of dozens of participating local restaurants. At the end of the meal, you simply share your screen with your server to get the deal.
No more fumbling for your wallet with shaky, caffeine-deprived hands. Cups allows you to prepay for plans—choose basic sips like brewed and filtered coffee and tea, or the all drinks plan—at local cafes, including High Point, Bodhi, Gryphon and Square One.
You no longer have to lug your bags through Reading Terminal Market to access its amazing selection of foodstuffs. Instacart can take care of that for you, and it also delivers from Whole Foods, BJ’s, ACME, Di Bruno Bros., PetCo and HMart. Personal shoppers pick up the required goods and deliver them in an hour or less and the deliveries can be scheduled days in advance.
Not only does this app help you choose restaurants via reviews, menus and recommendations, it also helps you make dinner reservations, and then processes mobile payments for the meal when you’re done.
Plan healthy meals with less hassle: This personalized cooking and shopping app combines custom recipes tailored for each user, advice from nutrition-savvy chefs and the optional ability to have groceries delivered.
One of the better-known restaurant delivery apps, Caviar focuses on independent eateries with a smorgasbord of options that includes Blackbird Pizza’s vegan pies, Capogiro gelato, Federal Donuts’ chicken and Osteria’s pasta. You can share a cart with friends, track the order with GPS. and take advantage of the cheaper, quicker FastBite option.
Spread bagels, Band-Aids, stationary, dog bones, lipstick—a day’s worth of errands can be acquired (though with individual delivery charges) in an hour or less via the advanced logistics team at Postmates. As with other services, the delivery is easily trackable, but the sheer array of items available is more comprehensive.
Like GrubHub, Seamless enables online or in-app meal ordering and restaurant discovery, and technically they’re the same company. What Seamless offers that GrubHub doesn’t is group and corporate ordering and corporate catering for larger scale orders that can be billed to a single account.
Main Line Delivery
For those in the Western ’burbs, Main Line Delivery covers many local notables like Jason’s Toridasu, White Dog, Hymie’s and Estia. For now, it’s online only—no app—but the service is quick and reliable.
Main Line Delivery
Focusing mainly on cheap eats, Foodler covers the classic grub one associates with delivery: pizza, Chinese food, hoagies. An emphasis on savings and coupons makes it a great choice for those on a budget.
Another OG ordering app, GrubHub enables you to discover new restaurants and use promos and coupons to pay for your meal. Type in your address to find out what you can eat and when, either via delivery or pickup, then place your order through the app, the web or over the phone.