Toronto’s best delivery
With the click of a mouse or a tap on a smartphone, these delivery and subscription services will shuttle restaurant-quality meals to your desk or home
These app- and web-based services deliver straight to your desk (or at least the curb outside your office) in mere minutes
WHAT: Weekday lunch service from some of the city’s top restaurants a changing selection of five to eight options—delivered in record time.
DELIVERED BY: UberX drivers and couriers between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday to Friday. The handoff happens curbside.
YOU’LL BE EATING IN: 10 minutes or less. It’s like magic.
ADDITIONAL FEES: A lunchtime delivery charge of $1.99 no matter how many meals are ordered.
BONUS: No need to tip (rate your driver instead).
RECENT OPTIONS: Bar Fancy’s fried chicken sandwich, Khao San Road’s Thai basil chicken.
WHAT: On-demand restaurant delivery from 100-plus kitchens in the core.
DELIVERED BY: “Dashers” on foot, bikes, scooters, motorcycles and in cars.
YOU’LL BE EATING IN: 45 minutes or so, but this may vary (approximate delivery times are provided when you order).
ADDITIONAL FEES: Between $3.99 and $4.99 delivery charge, no matter what size the order.
BONUS: No minimum order.
RECENT OPTIONS: Berkshire sausage with dandelion greens or kung pao cauliflower with cashews and chili from Thoroughbred, curried chicken roti with pickled mango or jerk chicken with rice and peas from Windup.
WHAT: Your personal assistant, seven days a week, from morning to night (for anything but booze). They’ll bring you lunch, do your grocery shopping or pick up your dry cleaning.
DELIVERED BY: Runners in tuxedo T-shirts.
YOU’LL BE EATING IN: Approximately 35 minutes.
ADDITIONAL FEES: A $6 delivery charge, plus five per cent of the total cost of the order.
BONUS: Get real-time updates on your order status, and track and text your runner.
RECENT OPTIONS: Buffalo Blue and Camp mac and cheese from Bobbie Sue’s; Big Macs, shakes and fries for an entire office.
WHAT: Healthy, prepared-to-order meals created by chef Curt Martin (the Harbord Room) and made with ingredients from local shops and Ontario farms.
DELIVERED BY: Cargo bikes and electric cars. Like UberEats, pickup is curbside.
YOU’LL BE EATING IN: 30 minutes or less.
BONUS: You’ll be sent a text notification when the bike or car is en route and when it has arrived.
RECENT OPTIONS: Seared albacore tuna niçoise with puffed wild rice (pictured above); Ontario heirloom carrot and quinoa salad; wild mushroom, leek and potato soup; salted caramel chocolate chip cookies.
WHAT: Originally launched as Hurrier in the summer of 2013. Hungry Torontonians skip the lineups for some of the city’s consistently swamped spots (Grand Electric, Banh Mi Boys, Burger’s Priest) and instead eat their baja fish tacos and High Priests from the comfort of their home or office.
DELIVERED BY: Bike couriers.
YOU’LL BE EATING IN: About 35 minutes.
ADDITIONAL FEES: A flat delivery charge of $3.50.
RECENT OPTIONS: Personal savoury pies from the Pie Commission.
WHAT: When the office grows tired of having the same thing at every staff meeting, Foodee will bring group orders of meals (Neapolitan pizza for all!) that totally top trays of Pickle Barrel turkey wraps.
DELIVERED BY: Hybrid car or shift bike (which are sort of three wheelers
YOU’LL BE EATING IN: 15 minutes before or after requested time.
ADDITIONAL FEES: A minimum order of $40 with a flat delivery fee of $15, so make sure the whole team wants something first.
EXTRAS: Must be ordered at least one day in advance.
RECENT OPTIONS: Sandwiches and quiches from Colette, falafels, hummus and
salads from Tabülè.
These subscription services take the guesswork out of lunchtime foraging and let you order a week’s worth of lunches in one fell swoop
WHAT: Vegan Indian dishes—chaat salad, timpa wheels, banana curry—delivered in tiffins (traditional Indian lunch containers) for immediate eating, or in refrigerated jars.
DELIVERED Tuesday to Friday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
ADDITIONAL FEES: A $25 delivery charge applies to any orders under $50, so band together with cubiclemates for single lunch orders.
HOW IT WORKS: Lunches must be ordered by 2 p.m. for next-day delivery. Rinsed-out tiffins are picked up the following day.
WHAT: A week’s worth of healthy meals, like currywurst pork, shepherd’s pie and eggplant-and-mushroom lasagna.
DELIVERED All meals can be picked up every Monday at three downtown locations, or delivered to your office or home. This service is great for desk workers who have access to a sizable fridge.
ADDITIONAL FEES: Cost of courier, if delivered.
HOW IT WORKS: The minimum order is six dishes ($47.39), which covers lunch for the week plus one dinner. Choose between six meat-based meals, go all-green with veggie options, or mix it up.
Green Zebra Kitchen
WHAT: Three vegetarian meals and sides, like a jerk tofu bowl with lime-ginger chickpeas. Choose between a small plan (two cups of each main, plus one cup of each side, $62) and a heftier one (four cups of each main, plus two cups of each side, $119).
DELIVERED All at once in a cooler bag to your home or office on Tuesday between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m., and Wednesday from 5:30 a.m. to noon.
ADDITIONAL FEES: None.
PLUS: You can make a one-time purchase or subscribe, choose the set menu or order à la carte.
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This post originally listed Foodee's minimum order as $55 when it is in fact $40. The information has since been updated.