Are you wondering how to get free or reduced delivery while you keep social distance during a worldwide crisis that the lot of us were totally not prepared for? You’re not the only one!
So, is it safe to eat takeout in the middle of a world-wide crisis? The short answer for now is yes, for the most part! Currently the CDC and the FDA both suggest there is no evidence of food consumption being associated with corona virus transmission. So, take a night off cooking!
In addition to chains offering free delivery to quick-fix our needs, many third-party delivery systems are working to support local establishments, bars, and restaurants by offering modified delivery services. Detroit Mom has assembled a comprehensive resource list to get some of your takeout delivered to your family at home for free.
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As restaurants are working hard to keep their doors open, many have updated or eliminated delivery fees during this time. Check out all of the free delivery and takeout options we’ve found!
Bob Evans: This establishment is waiving the delivery fee with online orders.
Boston Market: All online and app orders come with free delivery. Get a free cookie when you join Boston Market’s Rotisserie Rewards program.
Burger King: This global chain is partnering with GrubHub to offer free delivery on orders of $10 or more. You can also get two free kids meals with any app purchase for pick-up only.
Chili’s: Bring the Tex-Mex to your door! This restaurant is offering free delivery on orders totaling $15 or more.
Chipotle: Offering free delivery on any order of $10 or more through the Chipotle app or by ordering online.
Del Taco: This beloved fast food chain is offering free delivery with no minimum order through Postmates, and waiving delivery fees accompanying a $15 order.
Dickey’s BBQ: Dickey’s announced free doorstep delivery through the end of April.
Dunkin’: Get free delivery and $3 off on Grubhub orders of $15 or more from participating Dunkin’ restaurants.
IHOP: Enjoy your favorite pancakes at the International House of… your couch! Now through April 19, use code IHOP20 at checkout to get 20% off your first online order. Free delivery with no minimum required.
Jersey Mike’s: Get free delivery on all orders placed through the app until further notice.
Little Caesars: This pizza chain is offering free delivery on online orders of $10 or more. Left at your door with the ring of a door bell, if you choose!
Olive Garden: Enjoy two meals for the price of one ($12.99) with their “Buy One, Take One” promotion. Free, no-contact delivery is available with a $40 minimum.
Outback Steakhouse: This protein-slinging chain is waiving all delivery fees through April 30th.
Panera Bread: Panera Bread is offering free delivery when you order $15 or more. Use code FREEDELIVERY at checkout.
P.F. Chang’s: Free delivery accompanying orders of $25 or more, online or through their app. This deal is available for a limited and unspecified time.
Popeyes: This establishment would like to say “The delivery fee is on us right now.”
Potbelly Sandwich: This fantastic sandwich shop is offering free delivery on orders of $10 or more.
Red Lobster: Until April 12, all orders come with free delivery.
Taco Bell: Currently offering free delivery on orders of $12 or more.
Shake Shack: Get free delivery when you order on Grubhub with a minimum order of $10 or more.
Subway: Use the code SUBWAYNOW for free Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, and Grubhub delivery.
7-Eleven: Get free delivery on orders placed through the 7NOW delivery app.
The list keeps growing for popular third-party delivery companies. Many restaurants partner with third-party food delivery companies instead of providing their own delivery services. They take the work out of making dinner and lets face it: now, more than ever, their ability to feed our families is helping local establishments keep their lights on in this crisis. A lot of essential employees are revamping guidelines and following meticulous protocol to handle and deliver food safely.
- Uber Eats: As we are forced to stay indoors, Uber Eats is waiving the delivery fees for the more than 100,000 independent restaurants across US & Canada. As Uber Eats transcends into the world of third-party food delivery, it is also committed to offering 300,000 free meals to first responders and healthcare workers in US and Canada, in coordination with local and state and provincial governments.
- DoorDash: Delivery anywhere you are. DoorDash offers a huge selection of your favorite local and corporate restaurants– more than 310,000 menus across 4,000+ cities in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Indulge in a variety of cuisines, from your local Thai spot to the comfort food you deserve. Get your favorite meals faster with quick and easy ordering and no minimums! Click here for a free delivery promotion.
- Grubhub: Grubhub is an app utilized on your phone or online, designed to help you find and order food from around your geographical location, based on what exists there. How it works: type in your address and you’ll find restaurants that deliver. Search by cuisine, restaurant name, location, or menu item. Place your order online or by phone, free of charge. Get free delivery on your first order.
- Postmates: This beloved third-party home delivery service relies on mobile phone applications and their GPS capabilities to match inventories and consumer demand. See here for $100 in free delivery credit!
It doesn’t hurt to be overly cautious of the very intense realities many people in the food business are dealing with right now given their ongoing exposure at work. Continue to keep them and your family safe by practicing safe handling and following food-exchanging etiquette.
- Be Patient. A lot of people weren’t prepared for this and we’re all adjusting together.
- Tip generously. Have you heard of the term “hazard pay?” These people are considered critical infrastructure, feel free to tip them as such!
- Support them in other ways such as purchasing gift cards or donating to industry relief funds.
- Leave a rating. The restaurant is probably feeling the setback. Leave a review!
- Some places are adjusting promotions rapidly as information changes. Stay updated.
- Sanitize what you can including money, cups, surfaces, etc. before exchanging or indulging.
- Refrain from sharing food and utensils.
- Wash your hands before and after enjoying delivery and take away.
- Minimize human contact when exchanging goods.