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Is it safe to order food online? The short answer is yes, but if you’re concerned, we suggest you review the CDC guidelines.
Takeout Central And Food Safety
We got in touch with the co-founder of Takeout Central and asked them what they’re doing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Here is Wes’ response:
There are a few things we’ve done to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 3 weeks ago we eliminated signatures and tips at the door, and for the past week our deliveries have been touchless by default. You should get a push notification when the driver marks the order “complete”. We’re also distributing hand sanitizer to all drivers, but it’s been hard to come by.
Some discouraging figures suggest that 50-75% of local businesses may shutter their doors by the time the pandemic is over. We therefore highly encourage you to use a local meal delivery service such as Takeout Central in lieu of one of the larger national providers (not to mention, our personal experience with them has been far superior).
Imagine how awesome it would be if you could have food delivered to the doorstep of your Winston-Salem home, even from restaurants that don’t officially offer a delivery service. We’re happy to announce that your wait is over, thanks to services such as Takeout Central, a NC-based company that has expanded to several North Carolina cities. The site lets you choose from a number of local Winston-Salem restaurants, and hires local drivers to order, pick up, and deliver your food (minimum order of $10) for a low delivery fee of $2.99-$3.49 per restaurant (plus tax and tip; the cost may be slightly higher for restaurants that are far away).
How Does It Work?
The website interface is very intuitive: you simply select a restaurant from the left-hand side, choose the items off of a menu that you would like, and then check out (you can choose to pay by credit card or cash). The great part is, you can order from multiple restaurants, so if someone in your party wants a dish from another restaurant, it can all arrive in one order. From our experience, ordering times are usually an hour or less. You can also customize your order, which means you can put in special requests like “no olives” for a pizza. The interface supports options that already exist on the restaurant menu, so you can add salmon or chicken to a salad with the click of a button.
Which Restaurants Are Included?
The list of supported restaurants is constantly growing and changing, and varies by location. Visit the website for the most up-to-date list and menu interface.
What Other Food Delivery Services Serve Winston-Salem?
Door Dash – a national brand that is quickly spreading across the nation. Door Dash offers good prices, lots of restaurants, and a map that shows you in real-time where your driver is so you can anticipate their arrival. Get a $5 discount on your first order by clicking here.
The services below are other options at your disposal, but don’t offer nearly as many restaurant options (although some of their supported restaurants are not included with Takeout Central, so worth a look)!
Which Winston-Salem food delivery service have you tried or do you recommend?
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