A response to one of my inquiries (quoted below, in part) got me to thinking:
Does all food deteriorate several notches when it is delivered? Pizza gets soggy, pasta gets un-dente, soup gets cold, and my Chinese food always gets overcooked. Putting an airtight lid on a hot, freshly wokked container of food (and then into a plastic bag, onto a bike, waiting for my elevator) turns it into steamtable slop.
What's the best food for delivery? Or do we have to lower our expectations considerably once the food leaves the restaurant premises?
Also (see quote below 1st): Might pretending that I'm Chinese get me better food? Can't do it in person, but could I do it on the phone without speaking a word of Chinese? What if my check says "for a fake Chinese person" and I don't know 'cause I can't read it? (I guess the food quality will be the true test...?)
i think i found the key to
getting good take out from GSI. i was never that impressed with my
delivery before but the last time i ordered from GSI i told the hostess
that i was chinese and to tell the chef to make it very authentic. the
food i got was ten times better than my previous orders and i could
read on the check, in chinese, that she had written, "for a chinese
who knows, maybe i just lucked out and got a good chef. but i figured
chowhounds would appreciate any tips that might unlock a great meal.