Food Deliveries and the lack of choices

@suspenseful (40316)
Canada
February 6, 2009 3:57pm CST
Last month, my husband said if he cannot get out to the restaurant, why not have the restaurant come to us? So he had me get the phone book, and looked all through the twenty or more restaurant pages along with their coupons, only to learn that most did not offer delivery. Now even though I do not like fried chicken - too fat and their coleslaw is like finely minced mush, we wound up ordering Kentucky Fried Chicken that lasted us three days. The next week, he wanted to order out again and luckily there was a Chinese Restaurant flier, so we ordered from them and it was quite delicious. Now I suppose the next choice would be Pizza. You see, if you want delivery, you are limited to only three choices,Kentucky Fried Chicken, Chinese, or Pizza. But what of us who want to order Italian, or Thai or whatever cuisine from another country? Surely there are some who like French or German cooking? I live in a city that has a variety of people, so why are our orders for take out when you do not have to go to the restaurant itself limited to just three choices? What is the justice in that?
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
8 Feb 09
I live way out in the country, and we have no places that deliver, not even pizza. The nearest restaurants are at least a 25 minute drive, and there are only a few that I like anyway. I like to cook, and I always have so much food here in my pantry and freezer, but sometimes I fantasize about having different restaurants that would deliver food. Once I went to Boston with a friend of mine who grew up there. Several times, we had restaurant food delivered by calling a cab company to go pick it up for us. It's the way a lot of people do it out there, and it was fun that we could get whatever we wanted by ordering it, and then having a cab driver pick it up for us.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
7 Feb 09
There are basically all financial reasons. A driver must be covered on their insurance in some way. They have to have someone available to deliver standing by. They have to have takeout paper products (boxes and such). Gas prices were really high and drivers were making zip because of it. Mostly it is an extra hassle and a limited menu would be needed to work out. It creates a different atmosphere in their restaurant. Certain foods are better for delivery also. Burgers get too cold. Fresh ingredients would spoil easier. Winter is especially bad for delivery. It basically comes down to money and the hassles I guess. I'm sorry that this is all the variety you can get. I know that pizza places often have salads or soups and sandwiches too. That's a little more variety. But I can see that three choices would be limited! I know that some larger cities have services that will get food for you and deliver it to you. They picked up takeout from all sorts of restaurants. You might want to see if your area has that. You could also hire a neighbor teen to get takeout from a restaurant for you too. I know that Applebee's has "curbside takeout". You call in your order and then pick it up.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Feb 09
I love Applebee's but the trouble is I do not drive and because of his arthritis and stroke, my husband gave up his license. And I never made enough money even when I was working to afford even a second hand car and license plus insurance. So that is out.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
7 Feb 09
Could a neighbor pick it up for you if you paid them? Like a teenager looking for a little extra cash? Just a thought.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Feb 09
I can ask my son to do so. We are going to have dinner here at our house on my birthday.
• United States
6 Feb 09
This is an excellent discussion, and I agree. In this area, Kentucky Fried Chicken does not deliver. Pizza places and Chinese deliver if you live close enough. For too many times they get lost and the food is cold. Or like last time, we received the wrong order. It gets to the point that ordering in does not appeal to me as much. I would love to have someone deliver a salad and homemade soup. I love international foods, and vegetarian foods.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Feb 09
We have to give them all directions and the Kentucky Fried Chicken is a little over a mile from where we live.
• United States
7 Feb 09
We give them directions. The problem is that some of them don't speak English and other don't get the correct information. They are either not listening...or don't care.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
12 Feb 09
We have two streets that almost sound alike. And we live near a main street and there is a lot of landmarks so you cannot miss our house.
• Australia
14 Feb 09
Kentucky Fried Chicken does home delivery your way? Wow, you are lucky if they don't take your money and forget to give you your order here, let alone have them home deliver. On the other hand, most of our ethnic restaurants here offer home delivery, so we are rather spoiled for choice.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
14 Feb 09
They have always had home delivery, but here is just the chicken places, pizza places, and Chinese restaurants that deliver and not all of them. I think there is one Italian that delivers, but it might not be in our area.
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
10 Feb 09
Do you have a Pissa Hut, they deliver most places. They at least have the pasta dishes and salads. I think it will probably get worse, before it gets better.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
20 Mar 09
We do have a Pizza Hut, and most of the Pizza places deliver, but do not know if they will deliver lasagna or not. I love lasagna.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
7 Feb 09
It's pretty much the same here, only in my city the Chinese restaurants are few and don't deliver! Pizza is our only choice for delivery. When I was in college I knew a guy who drove a taxi. Half his night fares consisted of picking up takeout from restaurants and delivering them to people. They would pay him for the food, the fare and give him a tip. I don't know if taxis do that anymore but maybe it would be an option for you.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 Feb 09
The trouble is that they have to have the food wrapped in insulated packages and of course the taxi fee would be added onto it as well. It would be all right if you were rich, but it would not be feasible since if there were a few, unless it was just a few pizzas it would not work.
@Lindalinda (4112)
• Canada
7 Feb 09
You are right, it is mostly pizza and Chinese food that gets delivered. I guess German or French food does not lend itself to delivery or the demand is too small. I guess German or French people either go out to the restaurant or cook at home, same as Ukrainians. There is however a Japanese place in Winnipeg that delivers orders over $ 35.00. It is on Portage Avenue. Mooshiro Japanese Cuisine. I believe there is also an Indian Restaurant that delivers orders over $ 30.00 Can't think of the name. How about Swiss Chalet? Do you have Swiss Chalet in Winnipeg? It is much healthier than KFC, the chicken is roasted on a spit and they deliver. Most cities also have companies that deliver ready cooked frozen meals. You could look into that too.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Feb 09
I will have to see if they have a Swiss Chalet. We have not have Japanese or Indian food, and there is just the two of us, so the Indian Restaurant will not do any good. We do have a lot of Filipinos here and I have not tried any of their food. I can look into the cooked frozen meals as well. Do you suppose M and M delivers?
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
6 Feb 09
I don't know why more don't offer delivery. It would make sense if you lived in a small town without many restaurants, but since you live in a city there should be more choices.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Feb 09
It would help those who have spouses who cannot get out without difficulty. We do want more selections.
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
6 Feb 09
Well, that's a bummer. I live in Chiago and my brother actually found a website where you can find different restaurants that deliver to your area, look at their menus with prices, order and even alot of times pay for it online. It's really come in handy and helped us to discover a couple of restaurants with good food in our area that we might not have noticed before.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Feb 09
I will see if they have some here in Winnipeg.
@uicbear (1903)
• United States
6 Feb 09
I live in Chicago and my brother actually found a website that has all kinds of restaurants that you can find the food you want, find out if they deliver to your area, look at the menu with prices, order and even alot of times pay for it online. It's really come in handy and helped us discover a couple places with good food we would never had known about.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Feb 09
I should look to see if they have something similar here in Winnipeg. It would make things a lot easier. I am having a birthday coming up, and I sure do not want to do the cooking.
@SukiSmiles (1998)
• United States
6 Feb 09
I have to agree with you. I didn't even know that Kentucky Fried Chicken delivered. I have only had pizza and Chinese food delivered to the house. I guess Pizza Hut now has other items than pizza, but still, wouldn't it be nice to have Mexican food delievered? I know of a number that will do carry out though.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
7 Feb 09
I really love Italian and Thai food. I love lasagna, and they can make individual servings, or enough for a crowd, so why can't they deliver?
@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
22 Feb 09
I think the reason why some restaurants don't have delivery is because they don't want the hassle of dealing with it. They would have to hire people to make the deliveries plus insure them along with other hassles that pertain to delivering.
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• United States
11 Feb 09
yeah, here KFC does not deliver so if we want delivery there is Wok to you, that will go to several different chinese restaurants in the area and pick up and deliver for extra charge...and then there are the pizza places. Now Pizza Hut is one of the better pizza's around here and now they have pastas too... which of course I will try soon...LOL, but that is our only choice. I think it would be great if we had more options.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
9 Feb 09
Where I live you can't even get pizza delivery it stops about 1/4 of a mile from my house and I could walk to get it but still in the winter that is impossible and not good to do in the summer either with crazies on the road. I never knew that Kentucky fried chicken delivered..ours didn't. We no longer have one in business now. You are right though it is very limited.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
8 Feb 09
I didn't even know Ky Fried Chicken delivered. I'm not aware if they do deliver around here or not. But you would be correct in saying that chinese and pizza is the only type of restaurants that make deliveries.
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@TnWoman (1896)
• United States
7 Feb 09
hello suspenseful here where that i live we have many choices for fast food delivered right to our door step. the main fast food item in my opinion to be delivered would of course be pizza. one of our pizza places here offers lasagna, and submarine sandwiches. also we have local chinese places that will deliver food to you as well as having other local places like some bbq restaurants sometimes will deliver food to your house as well as some places like we have a local restaurant here called Steak Express. they have different food items on their menu. do a city search online or something that like for food delivery in your area or near by area of town. take care and have a beautiful afternoon.
@breepeace (3027)
• Canada
7 Feb 09
I found I had the same problem living back in Edmonton. While I might be craving some really good Vietnamese, there was not one place in the city that delivered. Most of the time we ended up getting chinese from across the park, or Pizza. Even KFC didn't deliver to our area (they were short on delivery drivers -- the whole 3 years I lived there!). Now that I'm in my hometown, my problem isn't lack of delivery.. I'd happily go pick it up.. it's that there AREN'T any options. We have 6 pizza places, 4 chinese places, 1 viet/chinese place (with awful vietnamese food), Boston Pizza, Mr. Mikes and a few other mid-level dine-in establishments. There literally is not an option if you are craving ethnic food other than chinese. No Indian, no Greek, no Thai, no Caribbean, no Mexican. Nothing. I hate eating out here.
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• United States
7 Feb 09
Here we are limited to just pizza. Our KFC doesn't deliver and there aren't any Chinese restaurants that deliver in our area. However, we have lived in other cities that offered an interesting service. In Grand Rapids, MI you could pay $4 and have food delivered from a huge variety of restaurants. You ordered through the service website and paid via credit card. They ordered your food from the restaurant, picked it up, and brought it to you. It wasn't the fastest, but you had a huge variety of options to choose from and you could look through the menus to see what you wanted. I used to get this delicious chicken wrap that way...mmmm. Additionally the delivery fee was low enough that you didn't have to spend an arm and a leg on dinner. There was a similar service in Appleton, WI. It was through a booklet, they had few restaurants, but still more choice then three. It was also more expensive though I don't remember how much because we didn't order from them.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
7 Feb 09
I have only ordered Pizza to be delivered so i did not know all this...I always drive to go get it, however it would be a problem for those that cannot go out like your husband.I agree it sure ly does not seem fair at all..Maybe we should try to encourage these eating places to deliver...especially to seniors if nothing else....I am in agreement with you on this...
@spalladino (17925)
• United States
7 Feb 09
It's strictly a supply and demand business decision. If a particular restaurant thought that the demand for delivery service was high enough, it would start offering it but doing so without a customer base is not wise from a business standpoint. There are a few restaurants here in Florida that now offer call-in ordering with curbside pickup. Their next step would be offering delivery if the curb side pick up increases business enough to make it worthwhile.