It’s not at all uncommon to find Eric and I at home late in the evening with nothing ready for dinner.
We are suckers for food delivery.
Luckily we live in a big city where the delivery options are more than just pizza. And luckily more and more restaurants are getting with the times and allowing for online ordering. Online ordering is the best, no phone calls where you’re not exactly sure that the person on the other end got your order right. You get documentation. I am a lawyer. I like documentation.
Most restaurants these days aren’t hip with the times enough to have their own ordering on their website. Luckily there’s Foodler. The basic idea of Foodler is that you get a whole list of restaurants that deliver to your address.
After you give them your street address, you get a list of restaurants to order from. They’re divided by cuisine, but you also get to see user reviews and cost. They also always have specials on the right side of the screen. You can browse as much as you want before you make any order.
We decided to try Phu-Ket, a Thai place that we’ve never had before. Even though we’d never had their food, Foodler provided us with their entire menu.
There’s your whole menu, complete with ingredients. For Eric’s Masaman Curry, I could select the kind of protein (tofu, chicken, beef, etc.) and the level of spiciness. There’s also a space to add special instructions.
(One problem you can run into with any kind of online ordering when it’s an Asian place is whether or not rice is included. I ordered a side of rice just in case, and was glad I did. Though I guess it’s not just online ordering. We’ve had the same problem with takeout and phone delivery orders.)
Foodler lets you login and create an account. They have a rewards program where you can accumulate points. I’ve heard the points program can be dicey, but this time we got to take advantage of the special deal with this restaurant where we got some Foodler Bucks to use on our next order. (You can see the coupon in red in the previous picture on the right.)
Most restaurants I’ve seen on Foodler have several coupons available for you to use. They’re usually for discounts or a free item with your meal. It’s easy to add them to your order.
Another nice thing about going back to the same site? They keep a log of your orders so you don’t forget which restaurants you used.
Yeah, you can tell exactly what our old Chinese place was… And that Eric loves Beef & Broccoli. You can also see our Indian Thanksgiving order, a 2-year tradition at our house. Foodler is great for Thanksgiving because it divides up restaurants that are currently open and those that aren’t. So we knew that we could get Indian even though everything else was closed. (Also useful if you’re ordering at 2 a.m.)
Also useful when you’re ordering somewhere new? There are star ratings from other users and you can see how often dishes are ordered. I was debating about going with Pad Thai and my favorite Pad See Ew. (Called Noodles Tender Beef at Phu-Ket.) I ended up going with the Pad See Ew seeing that it was pretty popular and sure enough it was the best Pad See Ew I’ve had.
We got our food in 30 minutes. (Awesome.)
There was a little mixup. Apparently you can’t use more than one coupon, since our Rebate for the Foodler bucks went through, but the coupon for a free order of egg rolls disappeared when our order went through. (That’s okay. I ordered dumplings anyway. Mmmmm dumplings.)
As is often the case in the city, some restaurants may have delivery fees, though Foodler itself is free. I find myself going there often since we tend to get in a rut and always order from the same places. With Foodler I can browse and see what else is available. (Not that we always choose to branch out, but still.)
The site may not be the prettiest but it’s easy to use. And I didn’t have to cook. Win win.
Thanks to Foodler for providing a $15 credit to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own.