Sunday, January 12, 2014


I recently came across the results of a poll released December 2013 about having food delivered, primarily to the home but sometimes to the office.  The first thing that struck me was the poll's topic—not a political issue, or anything else commonly seen in the daily news headlines, subjects constantly demanding yet another poll.  This one was about people who, either via phone call or on the internet, order food to be delivered to them and where these people live.  In other words, which American city orders the most delivery food.

Here are some of the results of that poll.

Chicago is the number one U.S. city for late night food delivery with 14% of the city's total orders occurring between 10PM and 6AM.  New York City and San Francisco are tied for second place, and right behind them are Los Angeles and Washington D.C. tied for third with 10% of their orders outside normal business hours.  Chicago's place of honor as number one is probably due to it being the coldest of the cities that placed in the poll.  When the wind chill temperature is below zero, no one wants to go out when they can have food delivered while they stay inside, all warm and toasty.

For late night deliveries, pizza is king of the hill, taking the top spot in kind of food ordered in all surveyed cities…except Los Angeles.  During dinner hours, the top order in all cities was some sort of Asian food—Thai/Vietnamese in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago; Chinese in Washington; and Japanese/Sushi in New York.

Los Angeles was the most consistent between dinner and late night orders of the cities included in the poll, with its choice of food.  Following its leading choice of Thai/Vietnamese, Los Angeles went for Chinese, Italian (other than pizza), pizza, and Indian with Indian and pizza switching spots after 10PM.

Washington D.C. is the only city where Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food makes both the dinner list (at #5) and the late night list (at #3).  Mexican barely made the list for late night Chicago (at #5) and didn't show up on any other city's list.

What's your favorite type of delivery food?  Or do you keep your freezer filled with food items that can be easily and quickly run through the microwave thus putting the ready to eat food into your hands even quicker than ordering and waiting for delivery?


Juli D. Revezzo said...

I've started making my own pizzas and prefer it take out now, but I still like to order Chinese in. I just can't make it as well as the cooks at local restaurants. Fun post, Samantha! Now I'm hungry. ;)

Ashantay said...

I've filled my freezer - when you live in a small city, making it yourself is easier and usually better! Enjoyed the post - I'm headed to make breakfast, now.

Andrea Downing said...

I'm surprised NYC is second here but if the cold weather we just had is anything to go by, Chicago can certainly have first place! I rarely order in dinner as I try to watch my weight and that seems like an invitation to high cholesterol, but I do have groceries delivered. Much quicker to shop online!

Samantha Gentry said...

Juli: Making your own pizza ahead and putting them in the freezer would sure take care of those days when you didn't want to cook. And you'd know exactly what was in them.

Thanks for your comment.

Samantha Gentry said...

Ashantay: One of the realities of living in a small town, not having the availability of placing an order and have it show up at your front door. :)

Thanks for your comment.

Samantha Gentry said...

Andrea: I do most of my shopping online. It's open 24/7 and even on holidays, and I don't need to get dressed. :)

I'd love to be able to order my groceries online and have them delivered, but there isn't any place where I live that provides that service.

Thanks for your comment.

Thanks for your comment.

Charlotte Copper said...

I am admittedly a junk food addict and I hate to cook, but I usually run out to get my food as I don't have to tip and some restaurants offer discounts for pickup. My daughter is always telling her friends that when I walk into Dominos for our pizza pickup, they don't even ask my name...they just hand me my order. Sad but true.

Samantha Gentry said...

Charlotte: I usually do the delivery thing when the weather is bad, which makes it a fairly common winter occurrence.

Thanks for your comment.