As a new parent, you may find yourself wanting to stay close to home for yourself and for your baby. While you are healing and nurturing one great solution to still get things done is food and grocery delivery services. Fortunately, Birmingham has a great list of services.
The rise of local delivery services means you have more options than ever before when it comes to having groceries, meals, and other items delivered right to your doorstep. Read on to get the scoop on some of our favorite services available in Alabama.
If you want groceries from Whole Foods, Publix, or Western Market, this grocery delivery membership service can drop them off right at your house. How It Works: After becoming a member, place your order on the mobile app, and have groceries delivered the same day—sometimes in under an hour. $$$ Factor: Membership is $99 per year or $14 per month. Includes unlimited free delivery for orders over $35, $7 delivery fee for orders less than $35. What You’ll Love: Currently new members receive two weeks free and $15 off the initial order.
How It Works: Dinner from a restaurant without the fuss of actually going to that restaurant? Yes, please! Iron City Delivery has partnered with over 100 restaurants. Order your meals via the website or mobile app and their “mobile waiters” will bring it to your door. Meals generally can be delivered in about an hour. $$$ Factor: You will pay a delivery fee and a processing fee based on your location, and some restaurants have a minimum order requirement. Based on your distance from the restaurant, the delivery fee ranges from $3.99 (typical) to $8.99 on the highest end. The average processing fee is 6.99 percent of the food cost. What You’ll Love: Iron City Delivery is locally owned and delivers hot, fresh meals from a variety of your favorite businesses: Pho 280, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Ruscelli’s Italian Restaurant, Jim ’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q in Greystone, and many more. George Sides, who owns the company along with wife Holley, says Iron City Delivery is geared to families. “Compared with taking your family to a restaurant, paying a tip, and maybe ordering an alcoholic beverage,” Sides points out, “you can potentially save money by having your food delivered.”
How It Works: Too busy to cook? This innovative meal delivery service enables you to place orders online before Sunday at noon and have breakfast-dinner plus snacks and desserts for the following week. delivered Lunches arrive the night before in a microwave-safe container, and dinners come fresh, hot, and ready to eat between 4 and 7 p.m. Live outside the delivery area? You have the option of picking up meals at Katie’s Plates’ kitchen on Montevallo Road. $$$ Factor: Costs vary, but most seem aligned with typical restaurant meals. Delivery is included in the price of meals. When we checked the site, we noticed buffalo chicken chili with homemade cornbread ($40 for 4 servings) and seared chicken with South Carolina BBQ Sauce, butternut squash fries, and bacon and brussels sprouts gratin ($50 for a family size/3 to 5 people). What You’ll Love: You can choose the number of servings you want and even view ingredients lists and nutrition information online. Many of the meals are Paleo, gluten-free, and/or Whole30. If you refer a friend and they place an order, you’ll get a 15 percent discount on your following week’s order.
How It Works: This delivery service will shop for you at any store in Birmingham, Monday through Saturday. You can order online or over the phone, and even get a free walkthrough of a store with a personal shopper to create a custom list. $$$ Factor: You pay the price tag cost of store items, and the cost of delivery is 20 percent of your grocery bill (with a $15 minimum fee and a $40 maximum fee). You’ll pay an added $5 fee to have items delivered from multiple stores on the same day. What You’ll Love: Full Pantry is locally owned and loves to support local businesses. Along with shopping at the big stores (Publix, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Costco), Full Pantry will also shop at Pepper Place Farmer’s Market, Organic Harvest, the Funky Muffin GF Bakery, Mountain Meadows Farm, and more! Your personal shopper will even unpack your groceries for you.
How It Works: Place your order online and have piping hot food delivered to your location by a “mobile waiter” in about an hour. You can get lunch between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and dinner between 4 and 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. on Saturdays). $$$ Factor: Each order has a small service fee (around 5 percent), and delivery prices range from $3.99 to $4.99 depending on the restaurant. To determine availability and fee, go to the web site and enter your address. If the restaurant you desire is more than 8 miles away from your location, you’ll pay a $3 extended distance fee (100 percent for the driver). Tipping is also encouraged. Ordering over the phone rather than online has an additional $1 fee. What You’ll Love: “Local Eats Delivered” is their tagline; you can order from a wide variety of restaurants, including John’s City Diner, Silver Coin Indian Grill, Taste of Thailand, and Chez LuLu.
How It Works: This nationwide service connects diners with local take-out restaurants. You can place your order online or over the phone. They even have an app. $$$ Factor: GrubHub is technically free to use. You pay for the food you order and can choose whether to pick it up or have it delivered (if available). The restaurant itself (or restaurant’s delivery service) charges a fee for delivery, so these costs vary. When we looked, delivery fees started at $2.99; the highest we saw was $5.99. What You’ll Love: GrubHub offers access to coupons, special deals, restaurant reviews, and a 24/7 customer care team.
$$$ Factor: The Delivery cost of this service is $5 regardless of the amount of food that you order. What You’ll Love: This delivery service has a wide range of options to order from. From local eateries to chain restaurants, Waitr has it all.