The City-by-City Guide to Ordering Grubhub

If you’re looking for an online food ordering platform that will provide you with the best food from different restaurants in your area, one app to look at is Grubhub. The food delivery company will connect you with a friendly delivery driver who will bring you food to your door. And as the app spreads...

If you’re looking for an online food ordering platform that will provide you with the best food from different restaurants in your area, one app to look at is Grubhub. The food delivery company will connect you with a friendly delivery driver who will bring you food to your door.

And as the app spreads its services around the country, you will be able to get a variety of food delivered, whether it’s that fancy, new Chinese place or the combination KFC-Pizza Hut-Taco Bell (everyone has their moments of weakness).

In this article, we’ll look at different cities in the United States that Grubhub serves, with a regional guide to some of the best restaurants available in these markets.

We’ll also look at Grubhub careers, where they’re hiring, and how to make money working for the company, whether you’re interested in full-time or part-time work.

What Is Grubhub?

Grubhub is a company based in Chicago that acts as a platform to connect hungry people with an excellent delivery experience. Using the Grubhub delivery app, you can order food from your favorite restaurants, get real-time updates on the status of your order, and pay easily (plus tip) with a credit card linked to your account.

The company was started in 2004 by co-founders Matt Maloney and Michael Evans, and was originally intended to serve as an alternative to paper menus. They quickly pivoted to become a food delivery service, and began an aggressive expansion across the country. The company is listed on the NYSE and Nasdaq as GRUB and currently boasts over 2,000 employees.

Grubhub is a competitor in a crowded mobile food ordering space — companies like Postmates, Seamless (which merged with Grubhub in 2013), eat24 (which was acquired by Grubhub, Inc.), DoorDash, Uber Eats, Foodler, Yelp, and more are all competing for users and exclusive partnerships with local restaurants.

One of Grubhub’s big appeals is its ease of use. As opposed to having to order takeout, drive to the restaurant, and pick up your food (and worry about parking tickets while you’re at it), the app allows you to pick what you want and have it delivered to your door. If you want the same food on your next order, it saves what you got and makes it easy to reorder your favorite meals from your favorite restaurants.

You can order at Grubhub.com (and take advantage of their online services, like account management and help), or order using the Grubhub app, which works on iPhone and Android. Pick your food, they’ll link you with a delivery driver, and once you agree to pay for the food and a small delivery fee, your credit card will be charged and your food will be on the way.

If you’re new to the app, you can download it now and use promo code “GIVING12” to get $12 off your first order, as long as the order is $15 or more.

Now let’s break down what Grubhub offers in different parts of the country:

The West Coast and Midwest

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Albuquerque

The beautiful gem of New Mexico has, along with Santa Fe, some of the most exciting fusion of American and Mexican food being made in the country. But it’s not limited to just the food of New Mexico. Jasmine Thai & Sushi is a local favorite for delivery, and plenty of casual eateries in the Uptown neighborhood are available for ordering.

Chicago

Chicago is the home of Grubhub, so apart from having a lot of jobs listed there (more on that later), it does feature some of the best food in the city. Try local favorite Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria for Chicago deep dish, and the Star of Siam for great Asian and Thai.

Denver

Colorado’s capital has a thriving food scene, and Grubhub is all over it with food delivery offered from some of the best spots in the city. Red Ginger is a local favorite for Japanese takeout, and be sure to check out Barricuda’s, a lunch special haven for amazing diner food.

Las Vegas

Most people visiting want to eat out in Las Vegas, but for locals, sometimes you want to avoid the strip and just order some food in. Residents should check out Los Huicholes for inventive, healthy, and tasty lunch options, and Alba Pizza for a fantastic slice. Residents of Angel Park Ranch swear by Neighbors for coffee and tea, too.

Los Angeles

One of California’s food meccas has no shortage of fantastic food up for delivery. Purgatory Pizza is a local favorite for pizza, and Asian fusion spot Wokcano is getting rave reviews for their delivery food.

Madison

University of Wisconsin students can bond over more than their hatred of students in Ann Arbor, coming together to order great food from local hot spots like Sushi Express and Poke It Up.

Minneapolis

Minnesota residents rely on Grubhub to give them a break from the cold, favoring orders from local spots Ole Piper Inn for hamburgers and New China for tasty Asian fusion that doesn’t break the bank.

Omaha

The healthy spot Flavors is one of the favorites of Omaha Grubhub users, offering a vegetable samosa dish and plenty of other Indian specialties that are well-loved. Another great spot is El Dorado, a favorite for Mexican and seafood.

Phoenix

Phoenix users have lots of local favorites, including Mediterranean dishes from Zoe’s Kitchen and gluten-free options from Ike’s Love and Sandwiches on 4th Street.

Portland

Oregon’s biggest city has so many favorite local restaurants that people swear by. One of the Grubhub favorites is Ate-Oh-Ate, a Hawaiian spot on E. Burnside Street that has a Kal-Bi Beef Shortribs Plate Lunch that people swear by.

San Diego

The beautiful Southern California city has some phenomenal food, including Filippi’s Pizza Grotto – a local pizza specialist – and L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, both favorites for locals who order delivery.

The Bay Area

San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose are three of the greatest food cities in the country, and each have local Gruhbhub favorites. SF users swear by Red Jade, an Asian fusion spot with incredible, affordable food. Oakland users love Yang Chow and their garlic hot spiced chicken, and San Jose customers swear by HOM Korean Kitchen.

Seattle

Genghis Khan is a local favorite for Seattle residents, along with pizza spot Amante, and their beloved homemade spicy chicken strips.

Sacramento

Sacramento Grubhub users love Tea Cup House, a Cantonese restaurant, and Kathmandu Kitchen, an Indian spot known for its fantastic lunch specials.

St. Louis

St. Louis may be a home for beer, but local Missourians also love to order food, including from Red Door Chinese Eatery, a Chinese spot known for their pot stickers and chicken fried rice.

The East Coast

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Baltimore

Baltimore residents swear by Never on Sunday, a Greek spot known for their fantastic lunch specials. Residents of Columbia, Maryland can also find delicious food from Lucky’s China Inn Restaurant, just outside the city and just as great as anything you’ll find in town.

Boston

Several of Boston’s most famous spots are on Grubhub, including Regina Pizzeria in the North End and Anna’s Taqueria on Cambridge Street.

Hartford

Hartford Grubhub app users are huge fans of South Whitney Pizza and Nolita Ristorante, giving huge ratings to both Italian spots.

New York City

NYC users are so spoiled for choices it’s kind of overwhelming, but residents of Manhattan can check out Akimoto Sushi and any of the Westville locations, beloved local spots that are on Grubhub.

Upstate New York

Traveling in the small roads around Albany, Syracuse, and Tompkins County, one might be forgiven for thinking there isn’t much dining other than fast-food spots like McDonald’s or whatever campus foods they offer in Ithaca. But college students know that Ithaca to-go spots are surprisingly underrated, and while some places have their own drivers, online ordering platforms like Grubhub will let you order from some of the best restaurants in the area.

Philadelphia

Philly Grubhub has more than cheesesteaks (though if you want one, you should check out Cleavers Steaks). Check out Crazy Sushi and Tres Jalapenos for other options, too.

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has everything on Grubhub from lunch sandwich spots like Potbelly to high end pizza spots like Ephesus Pizza, known for their excellent gluten-free options.

Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital will give you everything you’re looking for on Grubhub, from soul food at DCity Smokehouse to Asian fusion cuisine from One Fish, Two Fish.

The South

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Atlanta

Some of the best Atlanta restaurants are on Grubhub, from the Old Fourth Ward to Little Five Points. One local spot that people swear by is Cajun food from Bon Ton Boil House.

Austin

There are many great Austin restaurants on Grubhub, as Texas cuisine as well as dishes from around the world are given equal spotlight. If you have to order from one place, give Austin’s Habibi and their falafel a try.

Dallas

Dallas Grubhub has plenty of the best restaurants in the city, including Mamma Mia Pizza and Pasta and Big Guy’s Chicken and Rice. (Make sure to try their beef and lamb rice platter.)

Houston

The driving experience in Houston is a daunting one, so lean on the app to get your food delivered to your door. If you want to try something wild, order the Vietnamese Egg Roll Dinner from Kim Son Restaurant.

Miami

Miami is home to some of the most eclectic flavors and imaginative foods in America, so take advantage with Grubhub and order from such spots as Rice House of Kabob and Tutto Pizza.

Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee is known for its hot chicken, and while you can certainly get that, you should also try the reliable Asian fusion food from Best Wok.

Orlando

Chuan Lu Garden is a great choice for Chinese delivery in Orlando, but also make sure to try out Antonio’s House of Pizza and their great lunch specials. (If you’re nearby in Tampa, make sure not to miss Mama Rosa’s Pizza.)

Tulsa

Tulsa Grubhub has some of the best delivery partners in the city, including JINYA Ramen Bar and Baxter’s Interurban Grill.

Working for Grubhub

Grubhub is all over the country, which means that Grubhub jobs are all over the country.

When talking about working for Grubhub, it’s important to note that there are two types of jobs with Grubhub. There are the mostly part-time Grubhub driver positions, which are usually side gigs attractive to people looking for a nice work/life balance. And then there are jobs at the corporate office, usually in Chicago, for people looking for full-time careers and a go-getter company culture.

Grubhub Holdings, Inc. and Grubhub, Inc. are located in Chicago and are fast-growing and established tech companies listed on the NYSE and Nasdaq. As a growing company, they are constantly hiring. Recent job title listings include: software engineer, corporate sales executive, team lead, customer care specialist, product manager, customer service representative, associate product designer, account manager, and a lot more. To read job descriptions, and learn about what is available now, check out their careers website.

If you want to have a bit more flexibility, or don’t live in Chicago, Grubhub is always looking for independent contractors to join their driver network and provide delivery services to their customers.

To become a local driver specialist, you need to:

  • Provide them with contact information
  • Have a working smartphone and phone number
  • Have auto insurance
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Be 19+ years of age (21+ in Chicago)
  • Have 2+ years of driving experience

While you would need car insurance to drive for Uber or Lyft, the requirements are a bit more strict to work for them, making Grubhub attractive to people with older cars or not having previous delivery experience.

A Grubhub delivery driver receives hourly pay (guaranteed at least for the minimum wage), plus fees for every delivery provided, a rate that usually exceeds the national average for work of this type, they say. You get to deliver food to hungry diners, receive competitive pay, are promised to be paid via direct deposit. Plus, as a Grubhub delivery driver, you get flexible hours and the freedom to make your own schedule. And you get bonuses for referring new customers. To learn more, apply at their website.

Grubhub Is Everywhere You Want It

Wherever you live, and wherever you may want to work, Grubhub may be your answer. With great partnerships with great restaurants, they can feed you no matter what you are craving and no matter where you live. And if you are looking for a flexible job with competitive pay, they might be your answer as well.

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Brett Helling is the owner of Gigworker.com. Since an early age, he has started business ventures and worked various side hustles in many different niches. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber and Lyft. In 2014 he started a website to share his experiences with other drivers, which has now become Ridester.com. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche by building and growing Gigworker.com. As the site grows, his insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more.

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