It was a freezing night in the middle of January. Battling a cold and facing an empty fridge, I desperately needed a meal. I looked through my usual take-out menus - pizza, Chinese, a sub shop - but nothing felt like the cure. And then I logged into DoorDash.
Whether you're sick, last-minute guests show up, or you're at the library pulling an all nighter, third-party delivery apps are opening a whole new world of restaurant food at home. No longer are you stuck ordering from just a few places that deliver. Now, thanks to apps like DoorDash, Grubhub, and UberEats, your favorite foods and drinks are only a click away.
While all the apps are similar, we'll take you through ordering from DoorDash because it boasts the widest selection of both local eateries and national chains. (You won't believe how many options there are!) It's also growing in New Hampshire, while some apps like Postmates, have yet to make their way into the state.
How it Works
Log into Door Dash and simply enter your address. I typed in my address in Nashua and a whopping 86 restaurant options popped up.
You can sort by the type of food you're in the mood for, average rating, menu price, and vegetarian and pick-up options.
Both the app and the website are easy to navigate and include appetizing photos, clean menu designs, and a simple checkout process.
Once you place your order, you can follow along with real-time order tracking. If you're using UberEats, the driver's location will appear on a map during delivery.
Should I Tip?
YES! Dashers are independent contractors who are providing you a service. Most users tip 10-15%. You can enter a tip before completing the checkout if you don't have cash at home. Door Dash will also provide a suggested amount. Grubhub is different in that it usually won't have a delivery fee but charges a 20% tip.
First Time User? Take Advantage of Deals
All of the third-party delivery apps use promos to entice you to try their service. From $12 off your first GrubHub order to $0 delivery fee on Door Dash, don't miss out on your chance to try these apps risk free.
Back to the Beginning
I ended up having a Five Guys' burger and shake delivered on that winter night. Wrapped up in a comfy blanket, wearing sweats, and noshing on a burger, I was grateful for "delicious at my door."