Yep, I call first to see if a place delivers direct, but my best and only 3rd party delivery experiences (Ronan, Sugarfish, Iki Ramen, Guisadsos, Howlin’ Ray’s!) have been thru Postmates - free delivery on $20+, food arrives in a decent amount of time, packed neatly, good instructions, nothing forgotten, cold is cold, hot is hot, deliverers are no contact, masked & gloved, and they credit immediately if there’s a problem. Note: Ronan smartly inserts a note with a Venmo address to tip staff directly. All restaurants using 3rd party should do this.
Unfortunately, our worst delivery experiences have been direct, no 3rd party - kinda hit, mostly miss. With the exception of Jun Won - fast, efficient, friendly, hot is hot, cold is cold, packaged neatly, quick hand-off.
Our best Curbside have been:
Chaumont - not curbside, but no need to call ahead, good parking, wait your turn at the door, pretty empty, efficient, super clean, friendly. It’s been the easiest.
Antico - walkup window, one customer at a time, organized, separate baskets for sanitized pens & used pens, really friendly, hot is hot, cold is cold.
Bludso’s - call it in, pay ahead, food is bagged and put on a takeout table without hand to hand contact.
Chicken Shack (Hermosa) - same thing, call it in, pay ahead, pickup without hand contact.
PizzaRev - Mid City (now closed ) - same as above, with separate pickup table, plus they offered beer & wine. It’s a fast-casual chain but we liked their crispy, thin crust pizza w/organic tomato sauce. I hope they comeback.
Clementine (Century City) - they’ve always offered call & pay ahead, with real curbside to your car service. There’s a kiosk usually in the back parking lot, but now in the front.
Bulgarini - Leo was Leo, but it was great seeing him and eating his food & gelato!
We’re ordering Chef Sugishita’s Chirashi & hopefully something from Aburiya Raku for Saturday date night.
To be continued…