Baby, Give It Up to Me: GrubHub

by Rachel on October 10, 2011

Hey baby, dinner’s on me tonight.

Sort of — read on!

A couple weeks ago, I got an e-mail from GrubHub letting me know that their service is now in Beta in Houston. If you’re not familiar with GrubHub, it’s a website/app that lets you quickly find takeout wherever you are. (Well…as of now, if you’re living in or visiting Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Oakland, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Orange County, Miami, Dallas, Fort Worth, Phoenix, Seattle, and Washington DC….more to  come this year!)

This is definitely the kind of app I need; I’ve had many times when I’m out and about in Houston and I get hit by a food craving. At that point, I need to find that exact kind of takeout on my way home or I’ll go crazy. But the last time I tried to use my phone to find food nearby, I ended up driving out of my way and eating the spiciest Indian food of my life.

With my burning mouth in mind, I took them up on their offer for a GrubHub gift card, which I used on Saturday night. Eric was watching the K State football game at a bar in midtown. Toward the end of the game, he used the app to order food from Birraporetti’s, an Italian restaurant down the street from the bar. (Since Houston is still in Beta, you have to type in your address to find food nearby; later you’ll be able to just search by city.) A little while later, he showed up at home with dinner!

GrubHub gave me two $25 gift cards to give away which can be used to order food from any restaurant through the GrubHub app!

To enter: leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d have delivered if you could have anything delivered to you right now. It can be a specific type of food or you can get creative.

You have until Thursday, October 13 at 11:59 PST when I’ll pick a random winner.

If you don’t want to wait, GrubHub is also offering first-time users $10 off your first online order — just visit You can also receive the discount on your first mobile order by downloading one of their apps from the iTunes app store or Android market. (Then search for food, fill the cart, and the $10 will automatically be deducted during checkout.)

Over and out!

{ 56 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Caitlin October 10, 2011 at 10:37 am

That’s a tough one, but if I could have anything delivered to me right now I’d be hoping for a giant Whole Foods Hot/Cold Bar creation, we are talking like $20 worth maybe, with a little bit of everything. Oh and preferably from my grandma’s Whole Foods in FL, because that one dominates my lame one in terms of awesome, fresh seafood.


2 M October 10, 2011 at 10:37 am

I love grub hub! I would have great sushi delivered right now..I’m hungry.


3 Cassie I. October 10, 2011 at 10:39 am

I just moved from Chicago and am dying for my favorite enchiladas from this tiny Mexican restaurant in my old neighborhood. Just waiting for GrubHub to introduce their air-delivery service.


4 Mal October 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

I would have pizza and/or french fries delivered to me right now. I am pregnant and have terrible morning sickness and those are the only things that sound appetizing at all. And that pizza looks amazing :)


5 maria October 10, 2011 at 10:45 am

Can I just get some coffee? I’m still in bed and could totally use a big hot caraffe of coffee right now…. And maybe a exone?


6 Stina October 10, 2011 at 10:47 am

I see GrubHub ads on a daily basis (and they are hysterical, by the way,) but I’ve yet to actually use the service. I’ve been dying for some good Mexican good recently. I’d probably order a vat of rice and refried beans right now.


7 Sabe October 10, 2011 at 10:51 am

After a weekend of pigging out, all I’m craving right now is a huge salad from the Jason’s Deli salad bar. I hadn’t heard of the app before, so I’m interested to give it a try.


8 Lindsay October 10, 2011 at 11:07 am

I would have sushi delivered, though I probably worry about the safety of it traveling unrefrigerated to my apartment. But I haven’t had sushi since July, right before I moved. And I live in New York, who goes without sushi for months in New York? It’s not like there’s any lack of restaurants.


9 Christina October 10, 2011 at 11:08 am

We’re in the process of moving so delivery would be perfect! Only problem is that I want a Primo’s Milano hoagie (fresh mozzerlla and roasted red peppers on Italian bread) and they don’t deliver.


10 Rachel October 10, 2011 at 11:35 am

Can you go pick it up? We picked up on Saturday night!


11 Theresa October 10, 2011 at 11:09 am

I am actually a huge fan of Seamless. Their customer service is fantastic. That said, it was GrubHub that got me turned on to the whole “order food online” thing. Either way, I’d order pizza! Delicious spinach and chicken pizza!


12 [SMASH] October 10, 2011 at 11:15 am

OMGYUM. What a cool app. Was surprised there isn’t a beta for Dallas, but after searching Dallas on the website there were about 80 places listed. I’d L-O-V-E a pizza from Greenville Ave. Pizza Company here in Dallas. Love the pizza but hate picking it up due to location/parking.


13 Amanda @ Click. The Good News October 10, 2011 at 11:16 am

What a great idea…I still need to find Asian take out (any kind!) near me.
Thanks for the giveaway!


14 Meg October 10, 2011 at 11:33 am

Sushi, yum! I need some spicy tuna to spice up my Monday!


15 Holly October 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

Thai! Most definitely some pad thai…or drunken noodles if im feelin’ the spice!


16 Morgan October 10, 2011 at 11:42 am

Definitely a burger!


17 Katie @ peacebeme October 10, 2011 at 11:45 am

Well, it’s breakfast time for me, but imagining it was lunch, I would pick a sub sandwich!


18 Carrie @ No More Tomorrows October 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

There aren’t many options near my house, so I’d opt for doing it while at work, since there’s a LOT to choose from downtown. I’d go with the Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar. I’ve never had Ethiopian food and I’m in the mood for being adventurous. My boyfriend likes ethiopian food, so I feel it’d be safe to try.


19 zoey October 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

I love grub hub! I just moved to brooklyn so I would be using it to order sushi…or Grimaldi’s pizza!


20 ashleigh October 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I would order Greek food…something with lots of hummus and feta!


21 Elspeth October 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I have been craving really greasy General Tso’s chicken like no one’s business!


22 Kasey October 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Chocolate – its #ChocolateWeek!


23 Rachel October 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I would definitely order frozen yogurt, preferably pumpkin pie favored with lots of toppings. I wonder if any froyo shops deliver becuase now I can’t get it out of my mind…


24 Stephanie @ LoveLaughterLight October 10, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I love this! Not having a car has its ups and downs. Although I save a ton of money in payments, maintenance, and gas, I also have to really plan to pick something up that’s outside of walking distance.

If I could have anything delivered to me right now, I think I’d start with a salad, followed by some mac ‘n cheese with tomatoes and bacon and concluded with a dessert sampler. Having thought it out, I really want it all now!


25 Suzanne October 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I am DYING for a bloody mary. At my office. Maybe with a pickle, cheese & bacon garnish?
My boyfriend and I have lamented that our favorite brunch restaurant doesn’t deliver or do take out bloody marys…life is hard.


26 Mandi October 10, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I’d have Thai food- tofu massaman curry and a Thai iced tea! I just moved to Chicago so I have no idea where I’d get this from… yet.


27 Aly October 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I would have tons of Indian food delivered. I want chicken tikka masala, naan, mango ice cream, baingan bartha and lassi.


28 Kristen October 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I live in Boston and would use the card to get some amazing Italian take out from the North End!


29 nicole antoinette October 10, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I first downloaded the GrubHub app while sitting in a bar in San Francisco. I downloaded the app, and then had Thai food delivered to me at the bar. When it arrived, I was ecstatic. The bartenders? Not so much.


30 Devon October 10, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Having sushi delivered to my office for lunch right now woudl be amazing!


31 Vicki Howard October 10, 2011 at 3:59 pm

I would LOVE some Thai food delivered to me right now!


32 christine October 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm

i could totally go for some mexican right about now.


33 Jamie @ snacktress October 10, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Ooooh…I would get a mango bubble tea and banh mi sandwich with grilled chicken. I want Vietnamese RIGHT. NOW.


34 Michelle October 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Indian food for sure!


35 Jane October 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm

They aren’t in Atlanta yet, although I’d assume that’d be one of the next cities, but I’m sitting at a friend’s house, working on a paper– I’m a Ph.D. student– and I’d probably at least mortally wound, if not kill, for some Indian food right now. Some naan, a nice dal, a couple samosas, and a mango lassi. (There’s a vegan Indian buffet in Ann Arbor, where I used to live, that had soy mango lassis, and oh my God, now that’s all I can think about.)


36 Heidi Nicole October 10, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Sweet! Never heard of it…but I am freaking starving right now and I KNOW there is nothing at home that will make a quick dinner…

I would seriously love some chinese delivery right now – although The Husband hates it. Who cares, he can have a PB&J! ;)


37 Kristin October 10, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Indian, always. Or an attractive Asian man. But that’s not food…


38 Morgan October 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I would definitely splurge on my carb/calorie budget and spring for some pasta from Colina’s in the Heights… nom nom nom.


39 Jenny October 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Just finished my final anatomy exam in medical school today and I would have ANYTHING delivered! Ive been living off apples and carrots studying 15 hours a day, and would just love any warm meal delivered to me. Italian probably?


40 Jen October 10, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Well, we don’t have it here yet in Virginia, but my fiance is military so we will be moving to Denver pretty soon and I see it’s there so I’d definitely choose Thai Wonton Soup..I have an unhealthy obession with it!


41 Rachel October 10, 2011 at 10:35 pm

mmmmm awesome! I’d order sushi (and lots of it!!) with a salad served with ginger dressing of course. I LOVE the ginger dressing…could eat it by the spoonful I swear!


42 Ashley M. October 11, 2011 at 7:54 am

I would definitely order some spicy Indian with hot fresh Naan to my job right this second…who cares if its before 9 am?! No judgement.



43 Cassie October 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

Thai food!


44 Lauren October 11, 2011 at 10:40 am

I would love a home-delivery masseuse right about now…and he can bring some super spicy Indian food with him.


45 LD October 11, 2011 at 11:25 am

There’s only one thing that I crave through delivery when I get home from work: sushi!

Thanks for such a great giveaway! :)


46 Ashley October 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Ive only used grub hub once and it was at 3 choice was not so great but hey I found a place that actually delivered at 3 am! I am craving some chinese egg rolls right now..I dont even like chinese food that much but I looove egg rolls!


47 Crystal October 11, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I always feel like if I’m gonna go out or go the delivery route that is has to be something “special” read non-diet food! I’d order carnitas from a favorite local Mexican resturant or something from my mama’s kitchen, does that count? She’s such a fantastic cook and could eat it everyday if my waistline didn’t feel the effects!


48 Kaley [Y Mucho Más] October 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I hate cutting up vegetables so I’d go with a nice, healthy salad. Is that lame?


49 Veronica October 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I am craving thai food =9 yummm


50 Casey October 11, 2011 at 8:56 pm

ahhh im craving some greek food… like a big chicken gyro with a ton of tzatziki sauce and then a baklava sundae YUM


51 Alana October 12, 2011 at 7:49 am

I’m craving a jamba juice smoothie. Breakfast in liquid form? Yes please.


52 Rachel October 12, 2011 at 11:42 am

I’m craving a salad like nobody’s business…why doesn’t Houston have an good salad places?!?!


53 Jenn October 13, 2011 at 9:15 am

with all this rainy weather going on in Boston, I’d LOVE hot and sour soup.


54 Sam October 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Definitely used GrubHub the other night to get the $10 off! the app is so easy and intuitive, I was actually really surprised. If I could order anything right now I would love a chocolate chip cookie or cupcake and coffee! Random, but sounds delish right now.


55 Cate October 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm

I have always wanted ice cream delivered to my house!


56 Carolyn October 13, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I love having tofu sizzling platters delivered, covered in veggies!


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