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I love DoorDash restaurant delivery service

omotosando | Apr 1, 201508:59 PM

For anyone not familiar with it, DoorDash has come to L.A. and I think it is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

The advantages over other food delivery services are myriad.

Delivery is $6.99 with no other hidden fees (some of the other services charge "convenience fees" on top of delivery fees) and with no minimum order. With other services, I was constantly adding more food than I needed or wanted just to hit the minimum and then paying delivery fees and convenience fees on top of it. With DoorDash, you can order as much or as little food as you want. One night I was working late and had a sweet tooth and I had Door Dash bring me just a single dessert from Craft (which has a great pastry chef). (You can also order from Sprinkles or from See's Candies).

I also love that there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from -- from In-N-Out Burger to Craft, Spago, Mastro's and other high-end restaurants. Tonight I had sushi delivered from Sushi Sushi in Beverly Hills -- in my opinion, one of the best sushi restaurants on the Westside. Delivery sushi is usually yucky -- all hard like it was premade. This was impeccably fresh and tasted basically like what you would get in the restaurant.

I also love the web interface. The website shows the delivery time from each restaurant (so you know if the restaurant is backed up and you can order from another restaurant if you want your food more quickly) and then lets you track your order in real time, including what time it was picked up from the restaurant. My only criticism of the website is that there are so many restaurants to choose from that it would be helpful if you could sort the restaurants by type of cuisine.

So far, I have ordered from Obica (thumbs up on the salmon panini and the Almond parfait with almond brittle), Hinoki and the Bird (not so great -- the portions seemed smaller than you would get in the restaurant), Shaherzad (not so great -- the bread in particular deteriorates with delivery), Hop Woo (kind of gloppy, but I was sick and was looking for something semi-spicy), Ramen Yamadaya (the spicy Hell Ramen hit the spot when I was sick), Sunnin (horrible -- major downhill alert), Honey's Kettle (great fried chicken and didn't deteriorate too much with delivery), Scarpetta (organic chicken was tasty and hit the spot), Freds at Barneys (mediocre -- not eager to try the restaurant in person after sampling delivery), Craft (once for full dinner and once just for dessert - great, just like eating at the restaurant -- the restaurant even sent two of those sweet "favors" that they send you home with when you eat there, although sadly none of that great bread they serve), Lukshon (tea leaf salad and chicken pops were great -- I was less thrilled with beef and broccoli and with the Chinese chicken salad), 800 Degrees (pizza was soggy -- wouldn't order again), Sushi Sushi (love) and a few other random restaurants!

See's Candies,
Mastro's Steakhouse,
Mastro's Ocean Club,
Sushi Sushi,
Hinoki & the Bird,
Shaherzad Restaurant,
Hop Woo BBQ & Seafood Restaurant,
Hop Woo,
Ramen Yamadaya,
Sunnin Lebanese Cafe,
Honey's Kettle Fried Chicken,
800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen,
800 Degrees,
In-N-Out Burger
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