Tonight is the final night before my favorite restaurant delivery service ceases to exist, having been absorbed by the more pedestrianly named GrubHub during some corporate shenanigans. So I went for a little cruise around their website for the last time. After 904 personal orders and 104 for work, I will be headed elsewhere the next time I want to order in.
We've been together for nearly 10 years - my first order was from Cinderella's in Central Square on November 9, 2007. My final order was October 9, 2017 from Beantown Taqueria in the same area.
I ordered from restaurants around the corner and across the river, from places I know to places I learned about on Foodler and have never been inside. There are lots of places long gone - Pu Pu Hot Pot, Dolphin Seafood, Snack Bar, Spice & Rice, Alfresco, Lady Siam, Cambridge Coffee & Pizza, Potato Freak. Some places we placed one order and decided never again, others we ordered over and over... and over. I never lost the thrill of not having to call to place an order or read my credit card - just click on "repeat order," tweak it a bit and hit SUBMIT.
I remember the breakfasts, lunches, dinners, late night snacks and random indulgences like ice cream or chocolate cake. I've had all sorts of food - pizza, burgers, omelettes, muffins, rice, noodles, mashed potatoes and home fries and fries and chips, wraps, subs, gyros, wings, smoothies, sushi, dim sum, turkey dinners, dumplings, soups and even Cream of Wheat! I enjoyed Thai, Chinese, Italian, Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, Indian, Japanese, Greek, Swiss and more!
I learned all the tricks to maximize the points earned for each order, and ended up with hundreds of dollars in free food over the years. I am so sad to see that benefit go!
I adored their "Best Bets" section, telling me what they thought I'd like to eat, based on my past orders. I especially like the little green check marks telling me I'd ordered it before. I often look for those on menus in restaurants and then slowly realize why they aren't there!
It wasn't all good times - we had delivery drivers who wanted us to go out in the street to meet their car rather than coming up to the fifth floor, a few who "got lost" and made us wait 90 minutes for them to appear, wrong items, missing items... but the nice folks at support@Foodler.com always made it right. I wonder what will happen to them.
It seems just my luck that I tried a number of delivery sites - Doordash, GrubHub, AllMenus, BeyondMenu, MixMenu - and decided I like Foodler best, so of course, they are the ones who are disappearing. *sigh I may have to... cook more. Argh!
So Farewell Foodler. Thank you. It's been delicious!