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Best Food Delivery & Takeout Apps of 2021

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Best Food Delivery & Takeout Apps of 2021

Introduction

Delivery platforms are everywhere, but which app is best? While the answer may vary according to where you live, we found that two of the biggest companies really were the best. GrubHub was our number one choice, narrowly beating out DoorDash. Both apps have tons of restaurant choices and offer membership programs that save frequent users money. We also appreciated the social mission of commission-free ChowNow, and the convenience of one-stop delivery shop, Delivery.com. Here's how we chose:

Our Pick

Best overall food delivery app

No surprises here! GrubHub is a well-known app that is popular for a reason. Serving restaurants all across the country, the GrubHub app is a great way to get your favorite foods delivered to your doorstep at low prices. 

Why we chose GrubHub:

  • GrubHub+ Membership program is $9.99 per month and offers free delivery and a free meal each month
  • In addition to the membership program, GrubHub has many deals for all users, so you can save money even if you don't order food frequently
  • Partners with restaurants all across the country, so you can find tons of food options wherever you live
  • App is easy to navigate and user-friendly enough to quickly match you with the meal you want
  • If you don't join GrubHub+, most delivery fees range from free to $3.99, with a handful of higher fees for added distance or restaurants that deliver themselves

Whether you order food every night or only occasionally, GrubHub can help you save money on your meals (while you save time by not cooking.)

Read Grubhub's Full Review
Runner Up

An excellent (and very similar) alternative

DoorDash was our second choice, but the two apps are very similar, and both have many choices and great deals.

Why we chose DoorDash:

  • DashPass offers free delivery on most orders for $9.99 per month
  • Best looking app of all we tested. DoorDash is user-friendly and information is easy to find, so you don't waste time while you're browsing
  • With a wide variety of food options across the U.S., you are likely to find many choices in your region, whatever price range or cuisine you’re in the mood for
  • Special deals are clearly highlighted in the app, so you can quickly see how to save money on your meal
  • Delivery fees were pretty reasonable (generally free - $3.99) with a few higher fees for long distances or restaurants that do their own delivery
  • Offers delivery from grocery stores and pharmacies as well
The best app for you may depend on which has more restaurants in your area. You may want to check both to see which offers your favorites.  Read DoorDash's Full Review
Also Groovy

Best for supporting local restaurants

  • 100% local, 100% commission-free

    4.7 Ratings 16K+ Reviews 50K+ Downloads
    Free
    Free

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In a time when local restaurants are struggling, many consumers are looking for ways to help. ChowNow helps you find delicious meals and makes sure the restaurant keeps the money you paid for it. 

Why we chose ChowNow:

  • 100% of proceeds go to the restaurant (typical delivery companies ~40%). Restaurants pay a subscription fee to ChowNow for the ordering platform.
  • An attractive app that strives for a minimalist look
  • Not as many restaurants available as the larger platforms, but we found many choices, especially in larger cities.
  • Delivery costs are set by the restaurants, and often run high. This app is likely to be better for your conscience than your wallet.
If you're looking to support your favorite neighborhood spots, ChowNow is a great option.

Read ChowNow's Full Review
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Best if you want it all

  • Delivery App: Food, Liquor, Groceries, Laundry and Alcohol delivered

    4.7 Ratings 40K+ Reviews 100K+ Downloads
    Free
    Free

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Restaurant food may not be the only thing you want delivered fast. If you want to order groceries, liquor, and laundry services from the same place, Delivery.com is the app for you.

Why we chose Delivery.com:

  • For many locations across the U.S., Delivery.com delivers not just restaurant food but alcohol, groceries, and even laundry.
  • Clean, easy to search interface, which is impressive given the diversity of services offered.
  • When you use the app, you earn points that you can redeem for credit, so you save money the more deliveries you get.
  • Many promos available for added discounts.
  • Delivery prices vary, but you can search by "free delivery" to quickly find places that don't charge for delivery in your area. 
While not available in all locations yet, this app is a great single-app solution to your delivery needs. 


Read Delivery.com's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick
    Get food delivery 🚚 right to your door from the largest selection of restaurants and amazing Perks with Grubhub.

    Grubhub is dedicated to your safety. Order food with contact-free delivery to support your favorite restaurants while staying safe at home.


    Find new local deals and restaurant specials. Perks from Grubhub helps you find delivery deals and exclusive rewards that you’ll love! 💎 Get food discounts, free items and more from your favorite restaurants with Perks.

    Find food and get fast food delivery from your favorite restaurants, from Applebee’s to Red Robin. Get restaurant deals and discounts, including free delivery (up to $4 off) on your first order of $15 or more with the promo code "GRUBHUBAPP."

    Grubhub now gets you even better deals on food with Grubhub+! Order food and get exclusive Perks, unlimited free delivery from restaurants nearby and access to premium Grubhub features. Grubhub will even match your donations when you join Grubhub+! Join now for a 14-day free trial or get Grubhub+ for $9.99/month.

    Food delivery is just a few taps away in the Grubhub app! Order food from the restaurants you love, delivered. In the mood for Dunkin’ or Taco Bell🌮? Grubhub delivers exactly what you need with special discounts you won’t want to miss.

    Want to order food for takeout🥡? We also offer curbside pickup. Order food from your favorite local spot, a restaurant with a little more fame, or a new place you want to try. Grubhub has the eats you’re looking for.

    What Grubhub offers:

    🍔RESTAURANT DELIVERY🍔
    - Grubhub offers the largest selection of restaurants in the nation
    - Whether it’s Chinese food, Greek, Italian, or any other food type you’re craving, it’s covered.
    - We deliver food from exclusive restaurant partners, so you’ll find that mom and pop shop AND the national spot you love.
    - Contact-free food delivery


    💎LOCAL DEALS AND SPECIALS💎
    - Free delivery, exclusive Perks and more with Grubhub+
    - Order food with exclusive deals
    - NEW Perks help you find up to $100 in deals and specials!


    🍟FOOD DELIVERY MADE EASY🍟
    - Order food using the Grubhub app and avoid the hassle of over-the-phone mistakes
    - Grubhub’s customer support is there for you 24/7
    - Pay through a variety of options including credit cards, Grubhub gift cards and Venmo

    🍜FOOD ORDERING OPTIONS🍜
    - The Grubhub app provides lots of great features
    - Order food now or preorder your next meal
    - Takeout or delivery

    🥐NO HIDDEN FEES🥐
    - What you see is what you get: upfront pricing with no hidden fees

    🥠RESTAURANT RATINGS AND REVIEWS🥠
    - Grubhub has the most restaurant ratings & reviews, so you can count on getting the best food in your area

    🍗FOOD DELIVERY WITH REAL-TIME TRACKING🍗
    - Grubhub offers real-time order tracking so you know exactly when to dash to the door for your delicious meal


    ORDER FOOD FROM THE LARGEST SELECTION OF RESTAURANTS
    Each Grubhub city has different restaurants that you know and love, including:
    - Applebee’s
    - Auntie Anne’s 🥨
    - BJ’s Restaurants
    - Buffalo Wild Wings
    - Burger King 🍔
    - Del Taco 🌮
    - Denny’s
    - Dunkin’ 🍩
    - Firehouse subs 🥪
    - Five Guys
    - IHOP 🥞
    - Jack in the Box
    - McDonalds (NYC only)
    - Panda Express 🥡
    - Panera 🍞
    - Red Robin
    - Shake Shack
    - Sonic
    - Taco Bell
    - White Castle
    - and many more!

    Ready to start ordering with Grubhub?
    • Download the app
    • Sign in or set up your account (you can even use Facebook)
    • Choose from your favorite restaurants or try something new
    • Pick your perfect meal
    • Enjoy a discount on your first order!


    We suggest you post up with your mates and order your next food delivery in these Grubhub cities:

    Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Bridgeport, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Sacramento, Tampa, Washington DC
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
  • Runner Up
    Delivery anywhere you are. DoorDash offers the greatest selection of your favorite local and national restaurants -- more than 310,000 menus across 4,000+ cities in the U.S.,Canada and Australia. Spend more time doing the things you love -- we'll take care of the rest. First month, $0 delivery fee. Restrictions apply: https://drd.sh/tF5uns/

    YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS JUST A FEW TAPS AWAY
    Choose from a huge variety of cuisines, from your local sushi spot to the comfort food you crave. Get your favorite meals faster with quick and easy ordering.

    SUBSCRIBE TO DASHPASS
    DashPass offers lower service fees and $0 delivery fees, with thousands of local restaurants recently added.

    NO-CONTACT DELIVERY
    Deliveries are now left at your door by default and you have the choice to select “Hand it to me” if you prefer. If a no-contact delivery is requested, the Dasher will know you want them to leave your food in a safe place and alert you when it’s ready for pickup.

    SCHEDULE DELIVERIES
    Advance ordering allows you to get your food when it's most convenient for you.

    REAL-TIME TRACKING
    See when your order will arrive. From food quality to prep-times to traffic to weather, we've factored in all the elements that come between you and your food.

    NO MINIMUMS
    Order as little or as much as you want.

    PAYMENT
    Conveniently pay via Apple Pay or credit card.

    ABOUT DOORDASH
    DoorDash is a technology company that connects people with the best in their cities. We do this by empowering local businesses and in turn, generate new ways for people to earn, work and live. We started this by facilitating door-to-door delivery, but we see this as just the beginning of connecting people with possibility -- easy evenings, happier days, bigger savings accounts, wider nets and stronger communities.

    Growing every day and currently serving over 4,000 cities across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Australia.

    National partners include: Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Wendy’s, Chipotle, The Cheesecake Factory, Outback Steakhouse, Panera, Chili's, Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jamba Juice, Panda Express, Moe's Southwest Grill, P.F. Chang’s, Denny’s, Buffalo Wild Wings, Papa John's, California Pizza Kitchen, Papa Murphy’s, Jack in the Box, Five Guys, Boston Market, Red Robin, TGI Friday’s, Red Lobster, Qdoba Mexican Eats, El Pollo Loco, Noodles & Company, Buca di Beppo, White Castle, SmashBurger, Schlotzsky’s, and many more.

    Notice at Collection (California Residents): https://help.doordash.com/consumers/s/privacy-policy-us#section-11
    Visit doordash.com to learn more.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
  • Also Groovy

    ChowNow

    4.7 Ratings 16K+ Reviews 50K+ Downloads
    TAKEOUT SHOULDN'T TAKE DOWN THE RESTAURANT.

    Order takeout from the best local, independent restaurants without hidden commissions or fees. Other online ordering services gouge restaurants on every order with commissions as high as 40%. ChowNow is different – we make sure the restaurant doesn't get burned. And neither do you. Download free for Android today.

    LOCAL FLAVOR RULES.

    We partner with the best local, independent restaurants nationwide – one-of-a-kind food prepared by inspired chefs -- ready for pickup whenever you are. Forget that focus-grouped food from big chains. Whether it's pizza, sushi, or some other food you love, ChowNow offers a huge menu of the best local takeout near you.

    ORDER TAKEOUT NATIONWIDE – OR DELIVERY IN SELECT MARKETS.

    Every restaurant on ChowNow offers the convenient option to pick up your order to go. And in certain markets, we also offer the option for delivery, commission-free. See what's available near you. Food ordering with ChowNow has never been easier or more delicious.

    SEARCH LOCAL

    Use List View or Map View to explore the latest hotspots and tried-and-true favorites in your neighborhood. From the best local pizza place to the hottest new sushi bar, pick up an amazing meal and go.

    BROWSE BY CUISINE

    Bolognese or burger? Bibimbap or BBQ? Sort by cuisine type to narrow down your selection. No matter what food you choose to order, you'll be getting the best that local, independent restaurants have to offer – ready to pick up and take away.

    CUSTOMIZE YOUR ORDER

    Your ideal meal is just a few taps away. With ChowNow, every restaurant menu is easy to navigate and presents all customizable options up front. It's the pickup app you need for fast to-go orders from one-of-a-kind local restaurants near you.

    EASY CHECKOUT

    Order ahead, skip the line, and pay with the tap of a button using Google Pay. Securely store your credit card information to your ChowNow account so you can get better food to-go faster.

    24/7 CUSTOMER SERVICE

    Get best-in-class support. ChowNow Customer Service is here to help out with an order by phone, email or chat seven days a week. We want your carryout experience to be fast, easy and most of all, delicious. So we're always ready to help.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
    delivery.com: Food, Alcohol, Groceries, Laundry and Beer delivered to your home

    We deliver Food, Alcohol,Grocery & Laundry!


    delivery.com is where you can find fast, local delivery and pickup of food 🍔🍕 , alcohol or liquor🍷🍻, laundry and groceries🛒 !

    Order from the best local stores in your neighborhood. Download the only app you need for food delivery from your favorite restaurants. Pizza, quick bites, exquisite cuisine, beer, wine and cocktails - we have it all!

    How our delivery service works


    Just plug in your address and delivery.com finds all the local restaurants and stores that deliver food, alcohol, groceries or laundry to you. You can browse thousands of menus and order food from your favorite restaurants. Find beer, wine and spirits fast. Get groceries to your door on demand. Even schedule pickup and drop-off for your laundry and dry cleaning. One app for everything you need in the neighborhood.

    Are you craving pizza? Or just a quick bite? Or maybe something to drink - beer, wine or other liquor? delivery.com is your solution!

    Search by cuisine (Chinese! Pizza!), dish (spicy tuna roll!), drink (anything from "white wine" or "whiskey" to hard-to-find craft beer)... or whatever you’re craving. Order from over 19,000+ local merchants.

    Ordering takeout has never been easier. Now you can just scroll and see what type of food or alcohol you want. We’ll deliver it to you or you can pick up your order from your favorite local places.

    Features of our delivery app


    DELIVER TO ANYWHERE
    Order from your favorite restaurant or let us suggest popular places near you. We’ll bring it straight to your home, office or anywhere!

    DELIVERY POINTS
    Earn Delivery Points with every order. Redeem for free food, great prizes or donations to charity.

    PICKUP OR DELIVERY
    Order for pickup and skip the line, or get delivery and have it brought to your door.

    SCHEDULE & REORDER
    Create scheduled orders for future meals, or use our reorder carousel to bring back trusty favorites.

    GROUP ORDERING
    Use our Group Ordering feature to order with friends, coworkers, neighbors and roommates.

    OFFICE ORDERING
    Ordering at the office has never been easier with Group Ordering, corporate discounts, catering, and paying with credits.

    DEALS AND PROMOS
    Check out our promo page for access to exclusive promos on your order.

    CUSTOMER SERVICE
    Any questions? We’ve got award-winning customer support via phone or live chat.

    AVAILABLE NEAR YOU
    Order in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Burlington, Madison, Lansing, and hundreds more cities and towns across the US.

    WAYS TO PAY
    Pay with all major credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Visa Checkout, Venmo, Masterpass, and PayPal. After your first order, cash payment is accepted.

    GET $10 OFF YOUR FIRST ORDER
    Get $10 off your first order with a minimum subtotal of $15 (excluding tax, tip, delivery fee). Just use code APPETITE

    Home delivery of food, drinks, groceries and laundry with delivery tracking.

    You must be 21+ to order or consume alcohol. Please eat and drink responsibly.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No

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