I rushed out the door for work without packing a lunch. This happens all the time and for many people this would be a good excuse to treat yourself by buying lunch, but for me it’s a headache. In the part of town where I work, restaurant lunch lines are long – I mean really long. You can expect to wait 15-20 minutes in line any time between 11:30am and 1:30pm; all that to pay for overpriced food. There are also a ton of food trucks, and who doesn’t love food trucks? But it’s the same thing… Wait in line for 15 minutes and this time you’re waiting outside. No thanks.
My wife text me a coupon code she found for Uber Eats, and my life changed forever.
You probably know Uber for their awesome app that allows you to call a car to your location and take you wherever you want to go. The benefit of Uber is that they are cheaper and easier than a cab. All payments are done via your mobile device and tips are calculated into the price so things don’t get awkward.
I was pleased to learn that Uber now delivers food!
I’ve used food delivery services before. I’ve tried GrubHub, where I had to wait over an hour to get my food and it was cold by the time I got it. I also tried Postmates, where some kid on a bicycle also delivered me cold food, and my burger was flipped upside-down like it just survived a tornado. Due to these bad experiences I was skeptical but I was also starving and not willing to pass up a free $10 credit, so I went ahead and gave it a try.
Not a minute later, the app told me my Uber Driver was arriving now.
I was pretty confused but I hustled down to the front of my office building to meet him. I thought he was bringing me my food but now I wasn’t sure. There’s no way he could have my food that quickly. Is he going to take me to get food? The driver pulled up, handed me my food through the window, and took off to his next delivery. No standing in line, no tip, and no wait. I was stunned.
Could it be true? The future is… today?
This October happens to be the same October that Marty McFly visited in the Back To The Future time machine. While we don’t have flying cars or hoverboards, Uber’s instant delivery helped to soften the blow. My food wasn’t piping hot but it was acceptably warm. Their menu changes from day to day as they partner with different local restaurants. Delicious food that I would normally have to sit and order showed up on my doorstep ready to be eaten. My Beef Brisket sandwich from Cask and Trotter was delivered and consumed in the time it would have taken me to walk down the street to Chipotle and step in line. Believe me when I say I will be ordering from them again in “the future”.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Uber Eats is currently available in 11 different cities around the US and select parts of the world. You can order food weekdays from 11am-2pm using the Uber app. It will then ask you if you want to ride, or if you want to eat. (If it doesn’t ask you, click the dinner plate icon at the top of your screen). They have a rotating menu with a handful of choices from local eateries, which are pre-made and stored in a pizza-delivery type thermal bag. You order, they do a curbside deliver to your location based on your GPS output, and you pay with the app. Prices are pretty standard, between $8-$12 and no delivery fee. The $10 credit covered my sandwich with a few cents to spare. The food was delicious and filling.
As for the coupon code I was referring to…
I used SEATTLEEATS which gave me a $10 food credit. This code said it would expire 11/06/2015.
Jimmy Johns, look out! Uber is the “Freaky Fast” one now.
How to Use It
For those of you in need of instructions, here we go.
- For newbies, download the Uber app from the App Store
- Register for a new account – super easy. They offer Facebook sign-in, which is very convenient. Yes you will need to enter your card number because that’s how you pay!
- Use coupon code COUFM to get a free $20 ride voucher and follow the steps below to use Uber Eats.
If Uber is already installed, requesting food is just as easy as requesting a ride:
- Open the Uber app and select the meal icon at the top.
- Enter your location and tap VIEW MENU.
- Place order and your meal will be curbside in minutes. If you’re in Seattle, give the promo code SEATTLEEATS a try. If you’re in another Uber Eats city, I’m guessing you should try using [YOURCITY]EATS
For more info on Uber Eats, visit their FAQ page.