The last few weeks have been challenging to say the least. While necessary, practicing self-isolation and physical distancing can be draining and dull.
But let's not forget that before we were forced to stay indoors, there were weekends when we relished cozying up inside to avoid bad weather, recharge our batteries or binge watch our favourite Netflix show. And for us, those great weekends were always accompanied by delicious delivery.
Let's go back to those simpler times, stay safe and order in. These are our favourite takeout and delivery apps for food and booze, to help you make the most of your time inside.
It's already a no-brainer to have this app on your phone, but ordering from Uber Eats just got even better. In order to support local businesses, who need our patronage now more than ever, Uber has waived all delivery fees on orders from independent restaurants. That means you can save money and support small, local restaurants. Meanwhile, their contactless delivery option helps maintain physical distancing.
Amid all of the chaos, getting to the liquor store might be the last thing on your mind (or the first if you're anything like us). So sit back, remain in self-isolation, relax and let the booze come to you. Boozer operates like any delivery service but instead of dropping food at your door, they bring you booze. Choose from over 20,000 different beer, wine and spirits from the LCBO or local breweries and distilleries. No minimum or maximum order means you can get that extra bottle of wine without leaving your place or stock up without having to haul everything home on public transit.
A bit of a twist from the other apps, Ritual focuses on simplifying pick-up orders rather than delivery. This app lets you order and pay for food and drinks from partner restaurants before you even walk through the door. So there's no need for physical contact – just grab your order and go. Ritual also minimizes waits by letting you know when to leave for optimal pick-up time.
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Since 2015, foodora has grown to more than 1,500 partner restaurants across Canada. With a focus on sustainability and a commitment to reducing single-use plastic, foodora’s can’t-miss bike couriers bring your favourite meals from a curated list of local hangouts to popular chains. A new “shops” feature lets you order items for yourself from vendors like the LCBO and Reid's Distillery. There’s even options for furry friends with partners like The Dog Bowl on Dundas West.
With plenty of restaurants to choose from, DoorDash offers pick-up, delivery and group ordering options. Place your order in the app and live-track it from preparation to “dasher” arrival. Ordering food feels even better with DoorDash because they’ve started their own initiative for reducing food waste and tackling hunger in local communities by bringing surplus food to those in need.
Skip pandemic panic, empty grocery aisles and going out altogether with Inabuggy. Use the app to choose grocery items from a long list of stores including McEwan, Organic Garage, Summerhill Market, Rowe Farms, LCBO, the Beer Store and more. Their team of personal shoppers goes out to get everything on your list and then delivers it right to your door.