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AN UBER WAY TO DINE: Uber Eats finally makes its way to ILM

Delivery food just got easier with Uber Eats arriving in ILM.

It’s the same conundrum at the encore offices every Monday: We’re on final deadline and can’t break for lunch. Who will deliver to 1608 Queen St., other than pizza or Chinese, and won’t charge an astronomical delivery fee?

Go to NY, San Fran, Chicago, LA, and delivery is nary a problem from some of the most sought-after local restaurants. Uber Eats is making it easier for folks in smaller towns and cities to get a salad, sushi, gourmet burger, or rack of ribs delivered to their doorsteps—and all with the click of a button.

The popular taxi app, Uber, will launch its sister brand, Uber Eats, in Wilmington tomorrow, July 12, at 10 a.m., and has more than three dozen local restaurants already signed on to keep ILMers happily sated.

“It’s our mission to make food delivery an everyday thing,” policy and communications director Carly DeBeikes notes. “One of the best parts of [Uber Eats] is we’re able to easily leverage Uber’s logistic platform and continue to expand in markets where Uber rides already operate. Once we’ve entered a city, we look to see how we can offer consumers a wide selection of delivery options. We look to increase our selection of restaurants by partnering with enterprise brands that have a larger selection but also local favorites.”

iphone-marketplaceHot spots include Jax 5th Avenue Deli and Ale House, The Greeks, Board & Barrel, Capricho, Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria, Osteria Cicchetti, and Dig and Dive. They also will travel over a large distance, from Topsail to Carolina Beach, and will run late at night as well. They also have popular chains/franchises involved, like McDonalds and IHOP.

“We are launching 41 restaurants on the Uber Eats app, compared to other delivery apps who might have fewer number of restaurants,” DeBeikes says. “Booking fees are dynamic and calculated by taking into account how many people want to use the service and how many delivery partners are on the road in a certain area. The fee ensures that, even when Uber Eats is busy in certain areas, you can still get the food you want when you want it.”

In fact, since any approved Uber driver can take on delivery, it’s a competitive advantage for both the company to deliver more promptly to customers, and for drivers looking to add a few more bucks to their drive time, not to mention customers who can save on fees. To utilize, users must download UberEats on their phones or tablets, enter their delivery address, browse participating restaurant menus, check out with a tap by setting up their credit/debit card on file, and then track their order until its arrival.

New users will get $5 off their first order when entering the code WILMINGTONEATS.

Restaurants interested in participating in Uber Eats can find out how here.

 

Below is an updated list of participants thus far, some of whom went live on July 12; others will go live this weekend or early next week.

Pine Valley Market

IHOP (Carolina Beach Rd. location)

Sam’s Hot Dog Stand

Peno Mediterranean Grill

Osteria Cicchetti (Monkey Junction)

Osteria Cicchetti (The Forum)

Brrrberry Frozen Yogurt

Planet Smoothie

Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria

Spoonfed Kitchen & Bake Shop

Hoplite Pub and Beer Garden

Asahi Ting

Carolina Girls’ Grillin’ Cafe

Jax 5th Avenue Deli and Ale House

Frontier Food To Go

America’s Choice Gourmet

The Greeks

Which Wich

Sweet n Savory Cafe

Michael’s Seafood Restaurant

Midtown Deli and Grill

Board & Barrel

Capricho

G’s Pizzeria

Gulf Stream Restaurant

Pizzeria Il Forno

Sharky’s Burgers & Brew

Dig & Dive

Pure Life Health Food and Vitamin Store

Your Pie

Lucky Joe’s Craft Coffee

Moe’s Original BBQ

Pour Taproom

Moe’s Southwest Grill (7122 Market St.)

One Belle Bakery

Bone & Bean BBQ

Tama Tea

Rebellion

Apple Annie’s Bake Shop

Cape Fear Boil Company

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