Jackie and the Take Out Taxi
Recently I went to get my hair cut by my friend Jackie – yeah, I’m the luckiest girl alive to have a friend who is also an amazing professional hair stylist – and after leaving the glamorous Lux Studios where she works, we decided we should go have an equally glamorous dinner. But once we got back to her apartment and layed on her couch, we lost all motivation. Sometimes you just need the food to come to you! But instead of giving up really good food for generic Chinese, Jackie introduced me to Take Out Taxi – and OMG! It’s f-ing amazing!!!
Take Out Taxi will deliver you food from actual restaurants, and the variety of food is awesome! They have everything from Korean to Ethiopian food, seafood to BBQ. We decided to go with Irene’s Pupusas a Salvadorian restaurant. It was not only insanely cheap but ridiculously tasty! These were authentic pupusas, with the slaw to put on top and everything and clearly made fresh.
Take Out Taxi also gets HUGE props from Liza for offering Arby’s for delivery too! That’s just amazing in my eyes.
There is a surcharge for Take Out Taxi, so I recommend you order with at one or more other people.
is it like a club – or can anyone do it?
it’s just a website that allows you to order from restaurants that normally don’t do deliver – you just create a log in name and password (like you have to do with everything these days, which I am finding annoying) and then you are good to go!
There’s a similar service in Arlington – Doctor Delivery. I’m pretty sure they only deliver to addresses in NOVA, but they deliver from something like 55 restaurants.
Bad link…try this one: http://www.drdelivery.com/
Take Out Taxi is great for home delivery, when you have that craving of something other than Chinese/Thai/Pizza, I’m willing to eat up the charge for something different.
My firm uses a service called SeemlessWeb (www.seemlessweb.com), not just for corporate but home delivery too.
FYI…instead of “OMG it’s effing amazing” – you can now write OMFG….it’s much easier.
how major is this surcharge?
it was like 3 dollars
Was it by zone or meter???
Has that issue reached resolution in DC? I haven’t been in a taxi sense the meter law passed!
We ordered in Silver Spring, so it was a flat rate- oh my bad it’s 5 bucks – kind of hefty, but those pupusas were GOOOOD!
5 bucks is not really bad if you don’t have to tip on top of that.
5 bucks isn’t bad at all, except it now brings up a new kind of etiquette question. If you are the type that tips on takeaway (some people don’t), can you or should you ask the take out taxi to tip the food preparers? Or should you say “to hell with them” since they don’t offer delivery and they want to make us leave the comforts of our homes/couches?
I don’t tip on takeaway and I stand by that. Tipping is for when you bring the food to me, whether to my table or my house. And I would be willing to guarantee that if you ask the takeout taxi driver to deliver a tip back to the restaurant for you, that tip is not gonna make it back there.
alright, BS. i normally don’t like to openly dispute with you, but this warrants a rebuttal. sure, it sucks to tip when you’ve opted to go pick something instead of getting it delivered. but its actually a lot of work to put something together for take-out, or at least it was when I was a server. you had to put in the order, check on it, put it in the to-go boxes, make sure you had everything, get the drinks, put in all the plasticware… plus this takes time from tending to your other tables. its work thats deserving of a tip! esp. if it involves making milkshakes. good lord were they a pain in the ass.
I hear what you’re saying, but I’m not buying it. I understand it involves work to prepare a meal – that’s why I’m paying you money. I try to be a generous tipper when it’s appropriate, but I don’t agree with this expansion of tipping – now you’re supposed to tip on a cup of coffee or an ice cream cone – next thing we know, you’ll have to tip the person ringing you up at the grocery store. Yeah, I get that people don’t get paid enough, but food is expensive enough that places should pay their employees well, rather than customers expected to add on a dollar for every thing they buy. It’s a tradition when sitting down to a meal to express gratitude to the person waiting on you for an hour, and asking someone to drive food to your house is an outrageous enough proposition that you should tip. But take-out, sorry, not tip-worthy.
oh. didn’t realize that was gonna be such a diatribe.
i hear what you’re saying, but throwing a few bucks down for a 5 person order is all i’m asking.
alright, maybe we can compromise
Yeah, I take the middle road. I tip about half my normal amount, especially if I am picking up from a real restaurant, not a take out place.