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.”
Hot 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
Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria
Spoonfed Kitchen & Bake Shop
Hoplite Pub and Beer Garden
Carolina Girls’ Grillin’ Cafe
Jax 5th Avenue Deli and Ale House
Frontier Food To Go
America’s Choice Gourmet
Sweet n Savory Cafe
Michael’s Seafood Restaurant
Midtown Deli and Grill
Board & Barrel
Gulf Stream Restaurant
Pizzeria Il Forno
Sharky’s Burgers & Brew
Dig & Dive
Pure Life Health Food and Vitamin Store
Lucky Joe’s Craft Coffee
Moe’s Original BBQ
Moe’s Southwest Grill (7122 Market St.)
One Belle Bakery
Bone & Bean BBQ
Apple Annie’s Bake Shop