UPDATE: April 2, 2020
McDonald’s is offering free delivery through Uber Eats and DoorDash on all orders of $15 or more. There’s no coupon or offer code required as long as you hit that ordering threshold. The deal is available through April 6.
UPDATE: March 27, 2020
Jersey Mike’s is offering 50 percent off its subs with free delivery through March 29. Place an order through the Jersey Mike’s app to cash in on the offer, though the 50 percent discount is also valid for pickup orders placed online.
UPDATE: March 25, 2020
7-Eleven will begin offering free delivery on orders through its 7NOW app in nearly 400 cities across the U.S., effective now through April 30. Customers can ask for a contactless delivery from within the app. To claim a free delivery, use the promo code FREE4U at checkout.
Subway is offering free delivery through partners like Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, Grubhub, and Seamless. Simply use the promo code SUBWAYNOW to qualify.
UPDATE: March 24, 2020:
In addition to offering free delivery, Olive Garden is doing buy one-get one entrees. For $12.99, you can choose from a streamlined menu of fettuccine Alfredo, cheese ravioli, chicken parm, five cheese ziti al fornia, lasagna, or spaghetti and meat sauce for a hot entree. In addition, pick from all of the above except the chicken parm and lasagna for your packaged and chilled entree to eat for later.
UPDATE: March 19, 2020
Carl’s Jr has joined the burger joints of the world in offering free or discounted delivery through Postmates and Uber Eats. For Postmates, use code CARLSJRNOW through April 6 for free delivery. No code is required for Uber Eats, but that promotion expires a little earlier (at the end of March).
Moe’s Southwest Grill has decided to introduce free delivery on all orders of at least $10 placed through the app or website between now and April 10. Starting on March 21, the purchase of any adult entrée gets you a free kids entrée (burrito, quesadilla, or taco) as well. That deal will also run through April 10.
UPDATE: March 18, 2020
If you miss going out to the Cheesecake Factory, they’re here to help you out. If you order $30 worth of delivery or curbside takeout online now through April 16 you can get a free slice of cheesecake. Just use the promo code FREESLICE when you check out.
UPDATE: March 17, 2020
With more and more states making the wise decision to close restaurants to sit-down dining over the weekend, an even greater number of chains have stepped up to offer free or discounted delivery. Pizza chain Blaze Pizza will waive delivery fees for orders of $10 or more via its website or the Blaze app for a limited time, and it’ll offer free delivery via Postmates and Doordash through at least the 22.
Other pizza sellers have followed suit. Domino’s will offer 50 percent off the menu price of any pizza ordered online through Sunday, March 22. Simply order on their website or the app to get the deal. Much like Blaze, Little Caesars will offer free delivery for orders of at least $10 through the 22.
If you have a craving for Jack in the Box, you’ll get 20 percent off of all mobile orders from March 17 through the 20, which seems like a pretty short window of time compared to what some other companies are offering. It’s not like this is all going to be over by Friday, after all.
ORIGINAL PUBLISH DATE: March 13, 2020
Amid local and potentially national states of emergency related to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been and will continue to be a very tough time for restaurants and people who frequent them. Even in healthier times, restaurants have occasionally resorted to desperate measures to get butts in seats. Now, even a lot of places who normally do great business will be hurting.
Luckily, you don’t necessarily have to give up on enjoying the restaurants you like entirely. Delivery is still an option (as of now, at least) in many places, and the introduction of contactless dropoff by some services can help make it possible to keep social distancing without starving. With that in mind, here’s an update on what chains and delivery services are doing to keep the orders flowing in the days and weeks ahead.
From Saturday March 14 through April 26, KFC will be doing free delivery through their website, Grubhub, and Seamless, with no promo code required.
Chipotle is doing free delivery between Sunday, March 15 and Tuesday March 31. Any order of $10 or more placed through the Chipotle app or Chipotle.com qualifies. The deliveries will be made in new, sealed packaging to ensure that food doesn’t get touched during the delivery.
If you have a hankering for chain barbecue but are afraid to leave home, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is offering free, contactless delivery across the country from now through the end of April. It’s nationwide, but participation may vary.
While Grubhub itself isn’t yet offering free delivery, the company announced it’s “temporarily suspending collection of up to $100 million in commission payments from impacted independent restaurants nationwide.” It’s an initiative aimed at keeping restaurants afloat as dine-in traffic all but disappears and demand shifts almost entirely to delivery.
It’s up to independent restaurants as to whether or not they pass those savings from Grubhub onto the consumer, but in a stressful time like this you can’t really fault them if they need to hold onto the cash to make ends meet. One you’re relieved to find that your favorite place is still open for business once life gets back to normal, you’ll understand.
More important than food delivery is the delivery of necessary prescriptions to the immunosuppressed or elderly who put themselves at risk. Thankfully, CVS and Walgreens have both decided to waive fees associated with prescription deliveries so that an already challenging time doesn’t have to be even more difficult.
Of course, the caveat to all of this is that just because you get to hole up inside doesn’t mean that delivery people enjoy that luxury. While some delivery companies have said they’ll provide assistance to workers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 or are entered into quarantine, many more might be forced to push through, constantly exposing themselves in order to make ends meet. The fact that the availability of COVID-19 tests remains woefully and dangerously inadequate certainly doesn’t help the situation.
So be sensible about your deliveries: keep up a regular and thorough hand washing routine to limit the risk of exposure (for you and your delivery person). But above all, be sure you tip extremely well. We (meaning consumers, restaurants, and their delivery staff) are all in this together, and the convenience of delivery right now comes with additional costs and risks for those dropping off your food. Pitch in what you can and hopefully things will be back to normal eventually.