The 10 Best Food Delivery Options in L.A.
The number of food-delivery options currently available in Los Angeles is downright mind-boggling. Take your pick: Postmates, Caviar, Eat24, GrubHub, Seamless, ChowNow, DoorDash, Delivery.com, LAbite, Amazon Prime, UberEats — and that’s not including the places you can just pick up the phone and order from.
The reason for the delivery service boom is obvious. If you’ve been sitting in traffic on the drive home from work and the refrigerator is empty, the temptation to pay a little extra to have somebody bring you all the food is strong indeed.
Obviously, the best delivery options in L.A. will depend heavily on where you live, how long you’re willing to wait and how much you’re willing to pay. The list below is far from all-encompassing, but it does include places you might not be aware will bring their food to your doorstep. Sure, there’s pizza, Chinese, Thai — what many Angelenos might call the “usual” delivery foods — but there’s also corned beef sandwiches, sushi, healthy wraps and poké. You live in the greatest food city in the country, after all, why shouldn’t it come to you sometimes?
Pizza is a classic delivery staple. After all, it’s better to go with a sturdy, New York–style pie that can survive the long car ride than to go with, say, a fancy-pants pizza. Joe's, which has expanded to three locations in L.A. (downtown, Santa Monica and Hollywood,) is known for its impossibly thin and crunchy crust and minimalist layering of mozzarella and sweetish tomato sauce, which makes it ideal for folding in half.
Luv2Eat Thai Bistro
A little more than a year in, Luv2Eat already has emerged as a powerhouse on L.A.’s expansive Thai scene — and it happens to be a place with robust delivery service, too. Options include the stunningly spicy crab curry, papaya salad, Hat Yai fried chicken and a wide array of noodle dishes, including the ever-popular dry jade noodles topped with crispy pork, barbecued pork and roasted duck.
There are those who might consider “delivery sushi” heresy. To them we say: Have you tried Sugarfish? Though the markup for the “Trust Me” omakase ends up being around $10 before tip, it’s a reasonable premium for a meal from an upscale sushi chain that serves quality seafood and operates like a finely tuned machine. Most impressive is the aesthetically pleasing packaging, which arranges all the sauces and sides in neat, bento-like fashion inside a simple white box.
Most people don’t realize that this 24-hour Fairfax institution delivers (though only from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.) — and doesn’t matzo ball soup in bed during a nasty cold sound like a brilliant idea? There’s the famed pastrami reuben too, along with all sorts of diner favorites such as scrambled eggs and lox, chopped salad, pickled tongue, tuna melts and the three-decker club sandwich. The only thing you’ll miss is the tufted vinyl booths.
At Lee’s Noodles in Koreatown, you’ll find a crowd-pleasing array of Korean-Chinese dishes: bouncy noodles in black bean sauce, spicy seafood soup, crunchy sweet-and-sour pork and plump steamed or pan-fried dumplings. The ace in the hole, though, is the juicy Korean fried chicken, which comes either unadorned or glazed with a spicy-sweet sauce. Dumplings and chicken wings? Sounds like a winning delivery combo.
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