Getting Started With Food Delivery
Food delivery in Calgary is nothing new, but thanks to technology you can now get your favourite restaurant’s food without having to put on pants. The days of only being able to get pizza or Chinese food delivered are over. But not only have your food choices exploded, so have your choices for food delivery. The competition is fierce. And that’s good for you.
Here is a list of food delivery app services in Calgary to help you see whats out there – and some perks they each bring to the table. Get it? I’m so hilarious. Ahhhhh. Oh hey if you have a sick friend at home, order them a smoothie full of healthy stuff to their door. Someone did this for me once and it helped so much. Or you can send dinner to a senior you know.
The Food Delivery Apps
Each delivery service operates basically the same way:
- Open their app or website, search for what you’re hungry for.
- Pay for your order using a credit card, or online debit/PayPal if they support it.
- Receive food at your home, office, or wherever you are.
- Tip well!
Depending where you’re located, you might get a delivery by bike, scooter or even on foot. It’s no longer just vehicles.
Now, go order up some lunch or dinner and don’t forget dessert.
SkipTheDishes is pretty well known as they’ve been around for a few years, in Calgary and throughout Canada and in some parts of the US. Did you know they’re a Canadian company? Yep, started up in Saskatoon. SkipTheDishes also has a very slick app! Very clear they’ve put a lot of time and money into this thing, and it’s probably the best food delivery service app I’ve used. It lists all of the relevant information you need, including delivery fee, food price and dish ingredients. They also have in-app deals you can take advantage of, like free food or free delivery offers. You can also order food for pickup using their app, but we’ve never tried that personally.
- Hours: It depends on when the restaurant closes.
- Delivery fee: depends on how far the driver has to go. I checked McDonalds (1 block away) and it was $3.49.
- Drivers keep 100% of the delivery fee AND tip provided
- Referrals: if anyone signs up using your referral link, and spends over $10, they’ll get $7 off their first order, and you’ll get $7 credit applied to your account.
Foodora launched in Calgary on October 3rd in 2017. while it’s a great option for ordering office lunch (they even have an entire corporate account section), Foodora isn’t a late night option as they don’t operate as late as some of the other food delivery companies. For example, it’s 11:30 pm right now and of all the places listed in Foodora for “pizza”, none are available. It’s not that these places are closed, it’s just that Foodora’s hours are limited. Something of note; 7-11 and Foodora have partnered up, so you can get all sorts of junk food delivered right to your door. Stoners rejoice!
- Hours: Mon – Sun: 10am – 10pm. Last call at 9:30pm.
- Delivery fee: $4.50 if under $30. $3.50 if over $30.
- Drivers keep 100% of the tip.
- Referrals: if anyone signs up using your referral link (mobile only!) they’ll get $10 off their first order, and you’ll get $10 credit applied to your account.
Foodora Calgary Delivery Zone
Foodora will only deliver to the areas of Calgary that are within their delivery zone. See below for their current footprint.
Doordash arrived in Calgary back in 2017, and they’ve been stuffing faces ever since. Using their app you can order food from local restaurants and have it brought to your door .. in a dash. Ahhh. One of the perks Doordash offers that the other food delivery services don’t is they pick up food from places that don’t even have delivery. They’ll basically just order whatever you want from where you want, go to the restaurant, get it, then bring it to you. Doordash also has promotions fairly often, like free cookies with orders, or other goodies using codes.
In addition, Doordash offers something called “Dashpass”, which is a subscription service for $9.99/mo. With Dashpass deliveries over $15 are free, plus lower service fees.
- Delivery fee: from $1.99 to $8.99+
- Some restaurants offer free delivery if you order over a certain amount.
- Drivers keep 100% of the tip.
- Referrals: if anyone signs up using your referral link and spends over $10, they’ll get $7 off their first order, and you’ll get $7 credit applied to your account.
UberEATS is a popular choice if you like McDonalds! Highly recommended for hangovers. Payments are made through credit cards, debit or Google Pay. UberEATS occasionally has promotions as well, like 2-for-1 at certain restaurants, or delivering movie theatre popcorn to customers at home. Watch their social media for new campaigns.
- Delivery fee: usually $3.49 to $7.49
- The delivery fee will change depending on how busy your area is. See their FAQ for details.
- Drivers keep 100% of their tips.
- Referrals: There is a referral system where you can invite people and you’ll each get a credit, but I don’t know what it is. Probably $5.
Hungry Eats is a food delivery service that first launched in Cochrane, and for a time was the only food delivery service available there. They’re still all about that Cochrane and still operate there. They do deliver in Calgary as well, but to a very limited selection of restaurants. The reviews for their app aren’t exactly stellar in the Google Play or App Store comment sections. Hungry Eats also delivers alcohol!
- Delivery fee: free – $8.49
- Cash on delivery is available for some orders
- Referrals: none
To test it out, I installed it. The Hungry Eats app needs some polish, but it has the basic functions you’d expect. For fun I tried ordering a pizza from a restaurant that said the minimum order was $20, but at checkout it said minimum order was $40 and wouldn’t let me proceed. Buggy or just data entered in wrong? Dunno. Not a stellar user experience anyway. Also it has a liquor store listed a ‘Diner’, and “Browse Restaurant” instead of “Browse Restaurants” etc.
Retired Food Delivery Services
Back in 2016 Just Eat bought SkipTheDishes for $110 million dollarydoos. Ever since then, Just Eat has ceased operations in Calgary, redirecting you to the SkipTheDishes website. Just Eat was a service just like STD, you ordered food through them and they would bring it to you etc. Just Eat and SkipTheDishes operate very similarly, so it wasn’t a huge change.
Just Eat is pretty big in Europe, one of the biggest food delivery services over there.
Nomme was bought by Doordash, so Nomme no longer exists as a food delivery service. Nomme offered a similar service, ordering food for pickup or delivery through their website or mobile app and have it delivered to your door, or be ready for you when you arrive to get it. They launched in 2016 and were bought out in 2018.
Nomme was also the first food delivery service company to partner with 7-11.
I don't want to alarm anyone, but you can now have slurpees from @7ElevenCanada delivered to your door with @Nomme_app! And pizza, and chips, and wings, and and and!!! 😍 #yyc pic.twitter.com/zRRLUlMWEi
— crackmacs (@Crackmacs) February 3, 2018
While they’re all kind of similar, we prefer SkipTheDishes. STD has a decent app, more restaurants than the rest, and if any shenanigans happen with your order their customer service will take care of it.