We could have ordered dinner tonight from any one of hundreds of restaurants around the city and naturally the kids wanted burgers from a place two kilometres down the road. The food delivery network SkipTheDishes comped us a meal in exchange for a review and since we rarely get take-out (or eat out), it was kind of a big deal.
Available in 19 Canadian cities and six across the US, the service offers consumers the opportunity to order in from a network of hundreds of local restaurants. You type your postal code or address into the SkipTheDishes site or app to see which restaurants are available, choose a restaurant and select the items you want from the menu, enter a tip for the courier (if you choose to) and enter your credit card or Interac online information to pay. Once your order is confirmed, the restaurant contacts a GPS-enabled courier and you can track the progress of your delivery. Delivery charges generally range from $4 to $6, and in some cases (depending on the restaurant), it’s free.
We ordered from the website and it was simple to navigate (chalk it up to my extensive online shopping experience or maybe just great design). I like that the delivery charges are listed beside the name of each restaurant so there are no surprises — your total is calculated as you choose items from the menu so you can see what you’re spending as you go along.
Our estimated delivery time was 33 minutes from the time we ordered and it was bang on. To the minute. My kids were following the courier’s progress online and sat at the front window to watch the car pull up at the curb shortly after it turned down our street. I didn’t have to scramble for a tip since I’d already paid it (SkipTheDishes says couriers keep 100% of the tips) and our meal came exactly as ordered. Maybe not particularly warm, but hubby reminded me that I did take my sweet time photographing it. (All for you, dear readers!)
‘Tho we don’t often order in, I can certainly see us using SkipTheDishes again. The site was easy to use and offered hundreds of restaurants we might not usually consider and the delivery was quick and reasonably priced ($3.99).
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The giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents 18+ that have SkipTheDishes in their city and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on March 3, 2017. The potential winner (chosen at random) must respond to prize notification within 48 hours and provide the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another will be selected.
Update March 5, 2017: Congratulations Erin M!
SkipTheDishes gave me a credit to use the service in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. I hope your experience with it will be as positive as ours!