Tag Archives: delivery

Hooters Thinks Home Delivery Might Make Its Brand Less ‘Polarizing’

Source: Grub Street NY

Hooters has decided, in our current cultural moment, that it should probably push delivery as a way to covertly eat the chain’s acclaimed food without the baggage of having to physically enter one of its breastaurants. Hooters’ sales have slipped in recent months, and apparently …

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Walmart Wants Keys to Your House So It Can Put Groceries Directly in the Fridge

Source: Grub Street NY

And you thought Alexa eavesdropping on your conversations was unsettling: Walmart has unveiled a new plan to upstage Amazon delivery, and it involves giving them a key to your house and access to your fridge. The company says that in the future it hopes to “keep some customers’ homes …

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Caviar Now Delivers In The Suburbs

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

So in addition to all the other good things happening out in the ‘burbs lately (like this place in Wayne blowing my mind, Mistral opening a KOP location and, well, all of this), last week Caviar announced that it was going to start offering its delivery service in Conshohocken and King of Prussia, with all of the Main Line and many of the larger suburbs now covered.

This is undeniably good news. It’s also one less reason Center City hipsters have for making fun of the ‘burbs. So if you live out there, here’s how all of this ...

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Caviar Now Delivers In The Suburbs

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

So in addition to all the other good things happening out in the ‘burbs lately (like this place in Wayne blowing my mind, Mistral opening a KOP location and, well, all of this), last week Caviar announced that it was going to start offering its delivery service in Conshohocken and King of Prussia, with all of the Main Line and many of the larger suburbs now covered.

This is undeniably good news. It’s also one less reason Center City hipsters have for making fun of the ‘burbs. So if you live out there, here’s how all of this ...

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UberEATS Now Delivers on the Main Line

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Photo provided by UberEATS

In just a few months, UberEATS quickly shot to the top of Philly’s online delivery app heap, providing restaurants and diners with a faster (and oftentimes cheaper) way to enjoy our dining scape’s bounties without ever having to leave the comfort of their own homes. Starting today, Main Liners can enjoy the same sort of luxury.

Before UberEATS’s August launchCaviar, GrubHub and Post Mates ruled the app-based food delivery marketplace. GrubHub and Caviar work with restaurants to create a better user experience between business owner and customer (GrubHub often partners with casual, take-out-ready spots, while Caviar usually teams up ...

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The 14 Most Impressive Takeout Spreads for Your Super Bowl Party

Source: Grub Street NY

The Super Bowl is almost here, which means it will soon be time to consume as many buffalo chicken wings in one sitting as possible. If you’re throwing a party in New York, and don’t want to cook for everyone (or at least, don’t want to cook everything), …

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Caviar Now Delivering to the Main Line

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Caviar, the delivery service owned by Square has acquired “certain assets of Main Line Delivery to be integrated within the restaurant delivery service. Main Line residents can find the newest Main Line restaurants at https://www.trycaviar.com/main-line

To coincide with this news, Caviar is also offering some “Secret Menu” items to customers in Philadelphia. The secret menu items are only available to customers who order via Caviar.

Among the off-menu items available through Caviar:

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Caviar Celebrates Second Anniversary with $2 Deals

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Exclusive bagel sandwich from Knead Bagels for Caviar’s 2nd anniversary in Philly

On Tuesday, October 4th, the Best of Philly winning delivery service Caviar is celebrating its second anniversary in the Philadelphia market with some two dollar items for a two dollar delivery fee. Among the offerings is a fried chicken sandwich from Federal Donuts, funfetti cake slices from Bud & Marilyn’s and cheesesteaks from Joe’s Steaks.

Caviar is also delivering some exclusive, just made for the day specials including a bagel sandwich from Knead Bagels and a caramel sea salt gelato from Gran Caffe L’Aquila.

The deals will be ...

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UberEats Will Elbow Its Way Into at Least 22 New Countries

Source: Grub Street NY

If you’re in Europe or the Middle East and short on decent delivery options, UberEats may be stepping in to save the day. Uber’s food-delivery service, which has been expanding aggressively in recent months, is already in 27 U.S. cities plus another 6 globally, but Reuters

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Seamless Will Now Let You Grade Your Order’s Speed and Accuracy

Source: Grub Street NY

There’s another development in the ongoing battle for food-delivery dominance: Today, Seamless is rolling out new features that allow customers to evaluate and score restaurants based on how fast, accurate, and delicious their delivery is. Previously, the service only offered an “overall experience” ranking of up to five stars, but…More »

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Amazon Expands Its Restaurant Delivery Service to New York City

Source: Grub Street NY

Dinner’s served.

Now that it controls everything else you buy, Amazon is apparently ready to take over the food world: Today it’s adding New York and Dallas to the handful of cities where Prime customers can get restaurant deliveries. In the past seven days, the internet giant has also announced a meal-kit delivery service and plans to actually make food, but diving into NYC’s intensely crowded delivery market suggests the company thinks Prime Now can run with the big dogs. It’s partnering with more than 350 places in NYC, and the list at launch includes places like John’s of ...

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David Chang’s Delivery-Only Service, Ando, Begins to Roll Out

Source: Grub Street NY

Mr. Mogul.

In addition to backing the hit delivery-only service Maple, David Chang has been working on a similar concept of his own, called Ando. The food is cooked in a discreet space in midtown, ordered through an app, and delivered by UberRush.

This morning, people who signed up early for the service received an email letting them know the service is going live. All they have to do is download the iOS app, enter the included promo code, and offer an address in the service’s still-limited delivery area, and they’re greeted by this:

David Chang’s Delivery-Only Service, Ando, Begins to Roll Out 

Choices.
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Amazon Will Launch a Meal-Kit Delivery Service

Source: Grub Street NY

The ready-to-cook meal deliveries start in the fall.

Maybe because Jeff Bezos feels a little left out or something, Amazon is planning to roll out its very own meal-kit delivery service this fall, making it yet another competitor in a field that already includes the billion-dollar efforts of Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and now, for some reason, also the New York Times. The company says its Amazon Fresh delivery trucks will do double duty and drop off these recipe kits, too. The service is also being done in partnership with Tyson Foods, which explains the somewhat off-putting, TV-dinner-esque name they ...

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Smokin’ Jarhead – Former Marine Ron Johnson’s Smoked Meats for Catering, Parties, and General Delivery in the DMV

Source: DCDining

Ron Johnson, aka “Smokin’ Jarhead” is a former marine, now offering some of the best barbecue I’ve ever eaten, and absolutely some of the very best barbecue you can find in the Washington, DC area.

A couple months ago, I bought three Full Racks of Ribs ($24) from Ron, and he delivered them to my front door, where they were waiting when I got home. Between me and my son, one of them didn’t survive the evening; the second didn’t last the week, and the third is still in my freezer, waiting for Matt to come home from college in a couple of days – the ribs freeze, reheat, and are 90% as good even after being frozen and reheated – all the more reason to stock up.

Ron doesn’t have a brick and mortar location, and he doesn’t have a “food truck” in the traditional sense of the word; he has this huge smoker that he puts on a trailer, and brings over to catered functions anywhere in the DMV – extra delivery charges begin after 40 miles, which easily covers all of DC and the Maryland and Virginia suburbs.

Ron will smoke anything from ribs, to brisket, to pulled pork, and just about anything else, and he’ll bring the food to your door with a minimum order. Let me emphasize again: These are as good as any ribs I’ve ever had in the DC area, and that includes places like Johnny Boy’s, Buz & Ned’s, Chubby’s, and The Pit Stop – in other words, the Best of the Best.

It’s unusual for me to be raving about a place that doesn’t have a brick and mortar shop, but I did the same thing about Pupatella, eventually going on to declare them the best pizza in the area, which they were for a time – it’s the same thing with Smokin’ Jarhead: Just because there’s no storefront means nothing when he’ll bring your order to your door for you. If you’re having a Memorial Day cookout, or a 4th of July barbecue, or any other type of house party, he’ll arrive at your house with his smoker in tow, and everything will be cooked right there – no grocery store, no cooking, no cleanup – everything is done for you, and his prices are rock-bottom low.

I really don’t know what else to say: On short notice – one, perhaps two days, you can have the best barbecue in the area delivered right to your home. Call on a Tuesday for a Friday delivery, and the ribs will be waiting on your doorstep when you get home from a long week at work (this is exactly what I did; I’ve never actually met Ron – I paid him through PayPal, and the ribs were on my front porch when I got home that day. If you’re having guests over for a party, get him and his smoker over there too. I recommended this to one of our members once, who has since turned into a repeat customer, and this is a quote from him:

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Ron continues to blow me away with the quality of his smoked meats. Ron dropped off a sizable rack of pork ribs two days before the Super Bowl. As usual, Ron was a perfect gentleman towards my mother and stuck around for a few brief moments to discuss what he’s been up to, interesting things he’s been smoking (Ron, you have *got* to let us know when we can taste your smoked oysters). After he left, we stuck the foil-wrapped ribs in the fridge. We were saving these for the SB after all. I followed the reheating instructions on AmazingRibs.com, which has you wrap the ribs in two sheets of aluminum foil, drizzle about 2oz of chicken stock on the ribs and then seal the foil sheets. Roast in a 225 degree oven with the rack you’re cooking on positioned in the upper-middle section of the oven. Heat until ribs measure 155 degrees in the center with an instant-read meat thermometer.

The ribs turned out perfectly this way, as if they had just come hot off the smoker. The smoke flavor was there in full force, and the ribs had a gentle, but solid bite to them. Not falling off the bone, but a real meaty sink-your-teeth sensation that still provided the distinctive melt-in-your-mouth texture that only expert Pitmasters can do. I expected the texture of the bark to suffer a bit from reheating, and it did, but only a bit and it certainly isn’t any fault of Ron’s. The bark still provided a solid punch of smoke that good bark should. I’ll experiment in the future with different reheating methods to preserve the crunch of the bark. Ron had graciously accepted my request of a dry rub applied to the ribs instead of sauce. P.S.: Ron, I’m not sure what your normal procedure is vis-a-vis dry rubs vs sauce, but I got the impression from the spot-on seasoning and flavor profile that the dry rub is your normal method. If I’m wrong, please correct me!

Overall it was a hearty and immensely satisfying meal that had me and my party guests chowing down to the very last scraps of meat on the bones. I continue to recommend Ron for anyone in the area looking for expert barbeque by an expert Pitmaster.

All you need to do is write Ron on his Facebook page or contact him via his business card (below), and tell him what your needs are, regardless of the size of your order. He’ll give you a quote that’s reasonable enough that you’ll wonder why you waited so long to do this. Ron should be in constant demand, and have a two-month backlog – that is how good his product is.

Here are some facts about his meats: As a rule, he uses inexpensive cuts because the true flavor comes from his dry rub and the smoking process, but he will use whatever meats you request, so if you have a favorite butcher who makes a special cut of ribeye, or a favorite fishmonger who sells wonderful oysters, (I’m making an assumption here) he’ll go there, purchase them, and smoke them for you – either at your premises or at his, followed by a delivery or drop-off. Things like hams, chickens, sausages, and turkeys are no problem, and he’ll be more than happy to cater to vegetarians as well – the smoker has obviously seen meats in it before, so it would be impossible to keep kosher-vegan, but that’s about it in terms of limitations. Some more factual information from Ron himself:

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 I make up my own rub with a variety of spices, such as garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt, allspice,chili powder, Cayenne, and brown sugar.(I can’t give all the ingredients, I’m hoping to start selling it next year).After I rub the ribs I wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

For ribs I use a combination of hickory and cherry or Apple wood. For those you had I used hickory and cherry. I cook the ribs for a total of 8 hours at 225 degrees, smoke for 4-5 hours. Then I wrap them in aluminum foil with beer (usually Yuengling; don’t need anything dark like a stout) it’s more for tenderizing than for taste.

My delivery area is the immediate DMV, anything outside of 40 miles there is a small added charge. For catering and/or large orders I will need a 2-week notice. The best way to see where I am or get in touch with me is through my Facebook Business Page or my email – I try to reply to all emails within 24 hours or less: ronjohnson0819@gmail.com

The only other thing I want to emphasize is that supporting Smokin’ Jarhead will be supporting a former Marine who was placed in harm’s way to help defend our country – if you’re looking to support our nation’s veterans, then getting your event catered by Smokin’ Jarhead is a win-win for all involved.

One last thing: This is Ron’s full-time job; not some hobby he does on the side. He’s a professional in every sense of the word, and will bend over backwards so that you’re happy. If you trust me as a food critic, I’m happy to put my reputation on the line by recommending Ron Johnson – it will be one of the safest things I’ve done. Support this great man – email him him right now while it’s on your mind, even if you’re not ready to place an order.

Look at this smoker!

Smokin’ Jarhead – Former Marine Ron Johnson’s Smoked Meats for Catering, Parties, and General Delivery in the DMVSmokin’ Jarhead – Former Marine Ron Johnson’s Smoked Meats for Catering, Parties, and General Delivery in the DMV <— This could (and should) be your backyard at your next party!

And what emerges from that smoker? Have a look:

Smokin’ Jarhead – Former Marine Ron Johnson’s Smoked Meats for Catering, Parties, and General Delivery in the DMVSmokin’ Jarhead – Former Marine Ron Johnson’s Smoked Meats for Catering, Parties, and General Delivery in the DMVSmokin’ Jarhead – Former Marine Ron Johnson’s Smoked Meats for Catering, Parties, and General Delivery in the DMV

I’m proud to have a chance to support our country’s veterans like Ron Johnson, but you can rest assured that if I didn’t believe in his product, I wouldn’t be writing this review, which is obviously a rave – that’s why I included the pictures, so you can see for yourselves that I’m not just, erm, blowing smoke.

Here’s Ron’s business card – I urge you to give him a try, even if it’s just for a single rack of ribs (get dry rub – there are pictures on his Facebook page of pre-sauced ribs, and I got my order of sauce on the side so I could use exactly how much I wanted, when I wanted. It’s really good sauce, too, but you don’t want your ribs pre-sauced – whatever he uses in his rub is fantastic).

If you need an ice-breaker, tell him you’re a friend of mine.

Smokin’ Jarhead – Former Marine Ron Johnson’s Smoked Meats for Catering, Parties, and General Delivery in the DMVSmokin’ Jarhead – Former Marine Ron Johnson’s Smoked Meats for Catering, Parties, and General Delivery in the DMV

 

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Postmates Launches 15-Minute Delivery Service in New York Today

Source: Grub Street NY

More fast food that’s not fast food.

Uber’s announcement on Monday that it was canceling Instant Delivery in New York seemed like a bad omen for impatient hungry people — if Uber can’t make insanely speedy meal delivery work, who can? Well, Postmates, the food courier of choice for Starbucks and Chipotle, says it’s got something that should really interest New Yorkers, then: Pop, the 15-minute food-delivery service it debuted on the West Coast last fall, rolls out citywide today at 11 a.m., just in time for lunch. Unless you’re relying on a juice delivery to prevent a ...

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Uber Cancels ‘Instant Delivery’ Service in New York City

Source: Grub Street NY

A smidgen less on-demand.

It’s not even 30 days into UberEATs’ New York launch and already the company concedes it may have overreached a little. On Monday, it sent app users in the city a somewhat-vague email that said, “In order to bring you the most exciting selection, the highest quality food, and the fastest delivery time, we’ve decided to narrow our focus. Starting today, 4/18, we’ll no longer be offering a daily Instant Delivery lunch menu.” Instant Delivery was Uber’s lightning-fast, lunchtime-only service that promised users a meal delivered curbside in as little as ten minutes. The two order ...

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Caviar Expands Its Delivery Service to Queens

Source: Grub Street NY

The Queens Kickshaw’s on it, in case you’re really too wiped to make your own grilled cheese.

When Caviar launched in 2013, it had just 12 restaurant partners. Over the past three years, the delivery service has grown to include over 475, and today Caviar officially launches in Queens. The lineup is tight:

Remember: It doesn’t matter how lovely the weather is this spring ...

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Seamless Launching Its Own (New) Delivery Service in NYC

Source: Grub Street NY

Two ramen burgers, coming up.

Seamless has long been the go-to name in online food delivery, but recent competition from companies such as Caviar, Maple, Postmates, and even Uber have made the market very crowded in New York. Plus, more are on the way: David Chang will soon launch a delivery-only Momofuku brand, and there’s even Good Bytes, a brand-new group delivering vegetarian lunch boxes to buildings in Dumbo, with a portion of the proceeds supporting Brooklyn public schools. So now Seamless, which is owned by GrubHub, has begun rolling out a new service in ...

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Uber Launches Full-Time Food Delivery With UberEATS App

Source: Washingtonian Food

In its latest attempt to morph from a transportation provider to a full-service logistics company, Uber is launching its food-delivery platform, UberEATS, as a standalone app for DC customers beginning Tuesday. That means that in addition to ferrying people around town, some Uber drivers will also be carting hot meals.

The new platform is an expansion of the original UberEATS service, which offered limited menus from a rotating selection of eateries during lunch hours. That product, called “Instant Delivery,” will remain available inside the main Uber app, while the standalone food app positions Uber to make a run at delivery businesses like Postmates and Seamless.

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Uber’s Food-Delivery App Will Price-Gouge Restaurants

Source: Grub Street NY

Better than Seamless?

Come March, UberEATS will debut in ten large cities — New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. — and like all of the company’s initiatives, the program is already ruffling feathers. Uber will take a 30 percent cut of the bill from restaurants — significantly higher than those of competitors like Seamless, Postmates, and Caviar, which charge anywhere from 12 to 23 percent. Customers will reportedly have to pay a $5 delivery fee, which isn’t abnormal at least. Let’s hope this guarantees pizza that’s actually hot.

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Food Delivery Thought

Source: Eat It, Atlanta

With the introduction of Uber style delivery services, I wonder if there are new food business models coming our way? When food trucks became a thing, it meant you no longer needed a brick and mortar restaurant, and the expense that comes with it, to serve the food of your dreams. Proliferation of a dynamic food logistics service could result in the quick creation of a delivery-on (or carry out) restaurant without a fleet or other delivery related overhead (insurance, drivers, repairs). If you wanted to start a delivery-only sandwich shop, one would only need an inspected kitchen. The barrier to entry ...

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Delivery Service goPuff Will Remain OpenThrough Storm

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

In case you forget any snowstorm essentials or find that you’ve run out of beer (gasp!), on-demand delivery service goPuff can help you out. goPuff says that they will remain open and will be “delivering snowstorm essentials throughout the winter watch weekend in 30 minutes or less.”

The “snowstorm essentials” they will deliver includes, but are not limited to water, eggs, milk, bread, canned goods, ice cream and beer.

Other local food delivery services like Caviar and Main Line Delivery are determining their availability based on the safety of their delivery drivers, but goPuff’s strategy promises to stay open for the duration of the ...

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Uber’s Food-Delivery App Is Launching in 10 U.S. Cities

Source: Grub Street NY

Sandwiches on demand.

Uber is finally ready to launch UberEATS, its food-delivery app, as a full-scale service in the U.S., The Wall Street Journal reports. The app-based ordering platform will debut by March in ten large cities — New York, Chicago, L.A., San Francisco, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. — expanding a service the company has been tinkering with to serve as a competitor to GrubHub and DoorDash. The expanded service will work similarly to the Toronto version, which runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and lets customers order from over 100 local restaurants. Once placed, orders ...

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