By:Â Allana Mortell
Sometimes I like to think back and try to remember what life was like before the iPhone. Though my memory is a bit hazy, I recall something about thick silver flip phones and too-small-to-function Nokia phones that could fit in the palm of your hand.
Now, ten years later, when I'm not obsessing over Instagram or playing lightsaber on my iPhone, I'm checking out my big foodie apps. I used to think it was cool your phone could tell you where to find a great burger. Now, our ability to order food in person is being replaced by a smartphone.
In the past two years, technology has become a million times more advanced and you, along with Siri, can pretty much rule the world with a swipe or two of your fingertips. So, feel free to replace that drawer of take-out menus in your kitchen - these days, all you need is your phone and these great apps to follow!
1)Â Â Grub-Hub: The slogan for perhaps the most popular take out and delivery app encourages "happy eating" to all its customers. With over 25,000 eateries, that shouldn't be a problem. This app is all location based; the search engine is powered to find delivery or pick-up options from a massive network of restaurants ranging in over 300 American cities. With a few scrolls on your phone, you can view menus, user reviews and place your order online, with your payment information kept safely stored away.
2)Â Â Menu Pages: What better way to decide where to eat by perusing a menu? By using your phones "current location," this app shows you results of numerous restaurants around you, with their entire menu on display as well. Additionally, you can make online reservations and share your findings with your friends via social media outlets (facebook, twitter, tumblr, etc) with a flick of a finger. Since the app is new, it is only currently available in NYC, Chicago, LA, Philly, Boston, DC, San Francisco and South Florida.
3)Â Â Seamless Web: This app and website have been gaining a lot of hype recently for their abilities to find restaurants near you that deliver orders directly to your doorstep within minutes. Similar to Menu Pages and Grub Hub, this app is all location based from your iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry and computer. Browse hundreds of restaurants near you and customize searches by restaurant ratings, delivery minimum amount, prices, special features and types of cuisine. Additionally, the user reviews are incredibly helpful considering for certain neighborhoods, hundreds of restaurants are available. With so many choices, comes great possibilities.
4) Delivery.com:Â This app is exactly what you think it is - free delivery service to your doorstep from restaurants, grocery stores, merchant stores and the like. The popular website,Â Delivery.comÂ recently went mobile and customers are ever-thankful for now having the ability to order food directly from their phones. One of the best parts about this app is that if you already have a Delivery.comÂ account, the app syncs together, accessing all your information, settings and locations. By using GPS location, the app finds restaurants near you based on types of cuisine and prices that you're looking for. You can pay with a credit card and safely store more than one card on the app making checkouts simple and secure. Additionally, if you have a favorite store or restaurant that doesn't deliver, let Delivery.comÂ know about it and they will work towards featuring that restaurant on their website and mobile app. Not too shabby!
5) FreshDirect:Â If you prefer cooking at home to ordering take-out and you currently live in the New York, New Jersey or Connecticut, I've got great news! FreshDirect delivery app makes shopping with grocery carts a thing of the past. As one of the biggest and leading profitable online grocers, FreshDirect makes it easy to browse food items ranging from homemade breads to in-season vegetables, fruits, meats and side dishes. All of the meat and seafood is prepared fresh on the premises of FreshDirect facilities, located minutes away from Manhattan in Long Island City. Finally, FreshDirect food experts come up with new deals and savings everyday for customers to ensure they're receiving the best products possible. The only thing making this app better is that all those groceries are delivered straight to your doorstep.
6) Snapfinger:Â Perhaps not as well known as its predecessors of Grub Hub & Seamless, this take-out and delivery app makes ordering from your phone as easy as, you guessed it, a snap of your fingers. Featuring over 561,000 restaurants in the United States, you have the ability to order from local favorite restaurants such as California Pizza Kitchen, Carrabba's Italian Grill & Baja Fresh. Whether you're traveling on the go or simply craving that one thing from that one restaurant you just can't think of, Snapfinger makes it easy to browse by cuisine, price and reviews all through GPS navigation location. Pre-paying with a credit card makes avoiding those lines all the sweeter.
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