The Best and Worst Toronto Food Apps

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I recently ate at a restaurant I regularly visit and I was having a conversation with one of the owners about food delivery apps. It was pretty interesting being able to see from the restaurant’s point of view. The owner was telling me how half of their orders were now through delivery, and less and less people actually sat down at the restaurant to eat.

I like going out to restaurants, but usually only during the summer when it’s actually nice to walk outside. During the winter I usually resort to food delivery apps. Business at restaurants will definitely start to pick up in the coming warmer months, but I don’t think the deliveries will be stopping anytime soon.

I’m very often either busy or lazy, so I order a lot from food delivery or preorder apps. Since I’ve had quite a bit of experience with them, I thought I’d give my opinion on the best and worst local food apps I’ve tried.

The Best

Foodora // Website

Foodora is a fantastic delivery service. While orders don’t usually come on time (30 minutes isn’t a long time to prepare and deliver food), they have the speediest service out of all the apps I’ve used. They also give you tons of discount codes.

Rating: 5/5

Recommendations: Rolltation

Get $10 off your first order here.

Ritual // Website

Ritual is my favourite service to preorder food. The only problems I’ve had with it are ordering from the wrong restaurant location and not being able to clearly find the pickup spot at a restaurant. I love how there’s a points system to get free food and how you can earn extra points doing certain activities. The app looks very similar to UberEATS and I love how clean and simple it is.

Rating: 5/5

Recommendations: Tacos 101, Zavida Coffee Roasters, Banh Mi Boys

Get $10 off your first order here.

Grabb // Website

Grabb is pretty much the same as Ritual, except they don’t have a points system. I use it to order from places that aren’t on Ritual.

Rating: 4/5

Recommendations: Freshii

Get $5 off your first order using the code “CJ2IR”.

The Worst

Just Eat // Website

I like using Just Eat when I’m picking up food (I don’t think there’s Ritual or Grabb in the suburbs), but I sure as heck will never order delivery again. My previous delivery orders have taken anywhere between one to two hours, and the food is obviously cold by then. They do have the perk of free delivery here and there, but it’s not an incentive enough for me to want to order again.

Rating: 2/5

Recommendations: Little India

Get $5 off your first order here.

UberEATS // Website

I used to be obsessed with UberEATS. Delivery usually takes 45 minutes to an hour, which isn’t ideal, but the quality of service and the simplicity of the app made it worth it. Recently they added this stupid “busy area” surge charge where they add extra fees on top of the delivery fee if you live in a busy area, which really makes no sense if a cyclist (who can get to places much easier than a car) is delivering your food. I live in the core of downtown, and I’ve seen it as high as $11. I will never pay $16 delivery for a $16 order.

Rating: 3/5

Recommendations: Little India, Grand Electric, Mean Bao

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P.S. if you liked this post, you might like my posts on cheap summer eats and the best taco spots in Toronto.

Jessica Lam

Jessica Lam

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  • Ann

    I prefer going out and eat enjoy the company with family and friend rather than the apps. It’s more fun going out.

    • Agreed, but only when the weather is nice! 😉

  • Tanvi

    I prefer eating out anytime over delivery apps.. And your post is so organized and so informative.. Very well described! 😀

  • I get the convenience of food apps and have always wanted to try one like Grub Hub, but since I don’t live in a city I rather just go and pick the food up myself or make my own, lol. OR just go out and eat, I enjoy the experience!

    • I love eating out but sometimes you just get a lil lazy, you know? Hahaha, but yes, eating out is definitely a better experience!

  • Thats so sad that so few people actually sit down at the restaurant to eat anymore. I feel like thats they whole enjoyment of eating-out. But I’m so with you on not wanting to go out in the winter months!

    • I totally agree with you! I’ve already started going out more since it’s getting warmer out 🙂

  • Wow, I need to get my butt to Toronto soon! <3

    Enclothed Cognition

  • This is perfect! Especially for someone not from Toronto and wanting to order in the recommendations really help! Thanks a lot 🙂