For the days when you're short on time or the couch is just too damn comfy, we've rounded up the top Austin services that really deliver. From a simple meal to everything you need for craft cocktails, here are the best delivery services and apps operating in town.
Rather than having to comb through multiple restaurant websites to find a place that delivers, you can peruse Eat24, an online service that allows you to search for tasty dishes from Austin-area eateries that offer delivery. Order online through the company's website or download the app for on-the-go access.
Next time you have an office party or a big meeting, skip the catering prices and take a look at Food.ee. This app connects you with local restaurants that have simple menu items and the capability to handle large orders. Just be sure to order at least a day ahead of time, because Food.ee needs a 24-hour notice at minimum. The lowest order price is $40 plus a flat delivery fee of $15.
Gourmet By Numbers
Gourmet By Numbers makes being a chef easy. This Austin-based company will deliver a delicious recipe and the necessary ingredients so you can make a restaurant-quality spread. Order your meal of choice off the rotating menu online and have it delivered to your door. The menu features locally sourced ingredients and multiple options, including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. Prices for a one-time, single serving order start at $12.50, but there are several serving size and subscription options.
Feel like skipping the crowd at the grocery store? Instacart allows you to order an entire grocery trip's worth of products online or through the app and have it delivered to your house. The service is currently available at H-E-B and Whole Foods Market in Austin. The delivery fee on an order under $35 starts at $7.99; over $35 starts at $3.99.
There are multiple alcohol delivery apps operating out of Austin, but root for the home team and try BrewDrop next time you need a beverage but don't want to drive. BrewDrop's simple app lets you browse options as if you were at the nearest liquor store. Once you make your selection, a friendly delivery person from BrewDrop's partner stores will bring your order within an hour for just $5 (plus tip).
Yet another local company has hit the scene to help you step up your beverage game. Similar to Gourmet By Numbers, Sourced will deliver everything you need — from the recipe to the alcohol and glassware — to create your own craft cocktails. The menu changes every six weeks to make sure you'll always have something new to sip on. The smallest package, which includes six drinks, costs around $50. Sourced asks that you order online ahead of time, because deliveries can take up to three hours.
Perhaps the most recognizable name on the list, Favor is the catch-all app that can deliver almost anything. Its most popular use is for food delivery, but this Austin-based company is also capable of getting you material items like clothing. Helpful Favor runners can drop off your order to your house, office, or wherever you're located, just as long as it's within the service area. Pricing starts at $5, plus 5 percent of the item's cost and a tip for the deliverer.
A new Dallas-based company that launched in Austin earlier this month is shaking things up with a variety of offerings. A cross between Favor and Uber, Get Me is a multipurpose app that not only connects you to "Go-Getters" who deliver items, but also picks you up at in-town locations. Rates reflect time of day and distance and are outlined by zones centered around your location.