Some applications make you stand up and say "the future is here!" GrubHub is one of these. If you like to order food to be delivered, this little app could keep you from ever needing to leave your couch.
You remember the movie Wall-E? That adorable Pixar flick from a few years back featured a lovesick trash compactor stuck in the ultimate dead-end job. By the end of the film he becomes an astronaut, finds love and saves the human race. Cute, right?
And for the most part, I'd have to agree -- however, I seem to remember another side to that film. Anyone remember the very thinly veiled indictment of the consumer society, a.k.a. us, being portrayed as shiftless and shapeless (all right, round is a shape) layabouts that floated around on hover-chairs glued to their video phones, drinking cupcakes out of a cup? Well, for those of you that thought that was the cat's pajamas, we're one step closer to that Nirvana. And the harbinger of that particular rapture is a relatively new app called GrubHub.
Now this is just the app version of the foot delivery website of the same name. It's a website this reviewer and others of my species, Lethargicus Americanus, have come to tell you indicates that the future is here, and not only is it good, it can be at your front door in 45 minutes or less.
GrubHub, the website, has been around, predominantly in major cities (Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, and New York) for the past several years. The concept for the website is pure brilliance in its simplicity. Let's compile a listing of not only your local restaurants, but all of your local restaurants that deliver. Now I don't know about you, but I see where this is headed. Not only do I not have to leave my apartment to get something to eat, I don't even have to get off of the couch. I would kiss the feet of the person who came up with this concept -- you know, if I wasn't so lazy.
GrubHub starts out by asking if you would like to do a search of your location, which is automatic, or search by a particular address. Now of course more often than not, the two will be the same, but if you're the ambitious type that would like to put in an order while you're in traffic or on the train in order to have some piping hot meal du jour waiting on your doorstep, you can do that, too.
You do not have to be bombarded with a barrage of listings for which you may or may not be in the mood. GrubHub offers various filters such as time of day (nothing worse than trying to order dinner from a lunch only restaurant), types of cuisine, and even whether or not they deliver alcohol.
You can even click on an icon for a restaurant to get the address, an option to call, a button to order online (if the restaurant offers that), and user reviews. There's also an option for GrubHub members to log in with account information that will create a sort of speedy checkout for orders. But even if you do not want to pay with your credit card, there's a big ole green button that will let delivery people know that you'll be paying with cash. So in my not-so-humble opinion, if you have the opportunity and access to use GrubHub, you should give it a try.
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