Enjoying a night in and having dinner delivered is the new normal as more West Valley residents are finding ways to support and enjoy their local restaurants while helping to take part in social distancing.
In light of local government emergency declarations, restaurants are closed for the dine-in experience but encouraged to provide carryout, takeout, curbside pickup and, in many cases, delivery.
A variety of delivery services are available to help make the transition from dine-out to stay-in a little smoother. Some of the biggest are Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash and Postmates.
Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash and Postmates deliveries can be ordered through downloading their apps or through their online websites.
Some are helping the community in other ways.
“We’ve committed to providing free meals on Uber Eats to first responders and health care workers around the world. To date, we’ve provided over $700,000 worth of free meals on Uber Eats to frontline health care workers and first responders across the state of Arizona,” said Sarah Abboud, an Uber spokeswoman.
To ensure Uber Eats customers and drivers are able to limit person-to-person contact, there is an option to choose how customers prefer orders to be delivered, including selecting “Leave at door” during checkout, according to its website.
Uber Eats, DoorDash, Grubhub and Postmates have all temporarily waived many of their delivery fees to help customers and local businesses alike.
“Because we know our small businesses have an urgent need, we waived delivery fees on all Uber Eats orders to independent restaurants to help demand and keep orders coming in to local favorites,” Abboud said. “In recent pilots, restaurants have seen lifts in delivery orders to more than 45% from free delivery promos.”
This has helped to increase deliveries as more residents begin adjusting to living and working from home.
Grubhub founder and CEO Matt Maloney said in a statement released March 13 that waiving delivery fees was not a difficult decision for the company.
“Independent restaurants are the lifeblood of our cities and feed our communities. They have been amazing long-term partners for us, and we wanted to help them in their time of need. Our business is their business—so this was an easy decision for us to make,” Maloney said.
Grubhub is taking extra precautions for drivers in addition to adding a contact-free delivery option.
Some of the restaurants offering delivery in Litchfield Park include:
• Oregano’s delivers through DoorDash; check its website for weekly updates on new deals.
• Purple Elephant Cakes delivers through Uber Eats and Postmates.
• Lucky Buddha delivers through Grubhub.
Some of the restaurants offering delivery in Avondale are:
• Smashburger in Avondale is open for takeout and delivery and posts weekly specials and deals on social media.
• Colados Coffee & Crepes is offering takeout and delivery with no added delivery fee.
• Gyros and More is offering delivery through Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates and Grubhub.
Some of the restaurants offering deliver in Goodyear include:
• Taco Redempcion delivers through Grubhub and Postmates and offers deals for Taco Tuesdays.
• Bella Luna Ristorante delivers through Grubhub.
• En Route Coffee and Tea House delivers through Postmates.
Some of the restaurants offering delivery in Buckeye include:
• Wild West Cowboy Steakhouse is delivered through DoorDash.
• Rancheros Rodeo Restaurant delivers through Postmates and DoorDash and offers Taco Tuesday specials.
• PT Pho Express delivers through DoorDash.