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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when you’re tired in the morning, it can be one of the hardest to make at home.
And anyone who’s ever had one too many cocktails knows that’s especially true after a night of drinking.
When you’ve been out on the time, it’s hard enough to get out of bed, let alone make breakfast. The last thing you want to do is whip up some pancakes, make an omelet, or make a breakfast burrito; yet you need that meal to get you going and get rid of that hangover.
Thankfully, there are several online food delivery services that will bring eggs, bacon, and hash browns straight to your door.
But not all restaurants are open for early morning delivery, and not all delivery apps are equal. In our research to find the best breakfast delivery services, we took a hard look at what they all have to offer.
In our area, GrubHub offered the least restaurants options. Postmates, DoorDash, and Uber Eats all had great breakfast options, due in part to the way they operate their businesses. There is one downside we noticed about Postmates, but we’ll get into that a bit later.
We’ve created a detailed guide of food delivery apps so you can order online and get great food delivered to your door in minutes.. And if you want to plan ahead and schedule your breakfast for tomorrow, you can do that too.
Keep reading for our breakdown of the four best breakfast delivery apps and websites that will bring piping hot flapjacks and anything else you could ever want straight to your door.
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GrubHub has an extensive network of restaurants, but they traditionally relied on restaurants that had their own drivers. And since most breakfast places don’t have restaurant delivery drivers, it can be tough to get breakfast sent to your doorstep.
However, GrubHub recently started hiring their own drivers to compete with the likes of Uber Eats and DoorDash. And that has certainly opened up the options. If you’re in a major city, it’s easy to get a great breakfast from GrubHub.
To order breakfast on the GrubHub website, log in and filter restaurants by places that are “open now.” You’ll see a selection of restaurants that are open and available to deliver to you ASAP.
Despite their breakfast limitations in some markets, we do like GrubHub’s convenient way of scheduling delivery, which allows you to see all the restaurants that are available at a particular time. Before you head out for the night or head off to bed, you can schedule your breakfast order for the following morning. You just have to make sure you’re up in time to receive your food.
To get your day going with a GrubHub breakfast wake up call, login and click where it says “deliver my food today ASAP.” You’ll see a little window pop up where you can select “later.” Then you can choose the day you want your food to arrive. Set the time you want and you’ll see a list of all the restaurants that will be open and available for delivery at that time.
Prefer to use the GrubHub app instead of the website? The process is easy there too. Open up the app, enter your address, and click on the “refine” button. Click on “ASAP” where it says “deliver my order” and then select your date and time. Make sure you hit “apply” when you’re done. With your date and time selected, you can choose your food and check out the way you would with any other order.
GrubHub recently acquired Eat24 and Seamless. Since they are all under the GrubHub umbrella, we’ve purposely left them both out of this review.
Unlike the traditional GrubHub model, DoorDash relies on independent contractors to handle deliveries. And with independent contractors doing the driving, you’ll find a lot more restaurant options than you will with GrubHub.
The DoorDash driver is just like any other customer walking into the restaurant and getting an order to go. The restaurants don’t have to supply their own drivers, so there are many more options available.
DoorDash also allows you to select a specific delivery time and schedule an order in advance. If you’re heading out for a night of partying with friends, you can schedule your breakfast before you go. That way, you won’t have to worry about making your meal in the morning. Plus, you’ll know that the perfect hangover cure is arriving at a specific time.
To order food on the DoorDash website, enter your address and click on the “ASAP” button at the top left side of the screen. Select the day and the time you want your delivery to arrive. Once you’ve selected your time, scroll down to the “All Restaurants” section. You’ll be able to see what restaurants are nearby and which ones are available during breakfast.
The Door Dash smartphone app is just as easy to use. You can scroll through a list of all restaurants in alphabetical order or search for a specific place. Choose a restaurant, select the food you want, and confirm your exact delivery address. To prevent any confusion with your driver, make sure your name, phone number, and address are entered accurately into your account.
The Uber Eats business model is similar to DoorDash, but with one main exception. DoorDash has a system of dedicated food delivery drivers that only delivery food. Uber Eats relies on their network of rideshare drivers that work through the regular Uber Partners app.
But you can’t order breakfast (or any food for that matter) through the Uber app, you’ll need to download the Uber Eats app or visit the Uber Eats website to see your restaurant options and place your order.
With Uber Eats you can order everything from a McDonald’s egg McMuffin to a plate full of pancakes or French toast from a local family restaurant. You’ll find a lot of options to choose from, and you can order a meal in the morning when you wake up or schedule your delivery for a later date. If you know you’re going to want eggs and bacon in the morning, it’s easy enough to place your order before you go out for the night or before you go to bed.
To order through the Uber Eats website, start by entering your address and clicking “find food.” On the next page, you’ll see the “ASAP” button at the top of the page – click on that if you want your food right then or select “schedule order” from the drop-down menu.
Once you hit “schedule order” you’ll be able to select your date and time. Pick your date and time and click “select time” to filter the results, this will only show you restaurants that are available for delivery at the date and time you want to receive your food.
The Uber Eats app is also an easy way to place an order. Open the app and click “ASAP” at the top left corner of the page. You’ll see “when” at the bottom, and you can click on “schedule an order” or place an order for immediate delivery. Set your time, tap “done,” and select your food.
Keep in mind that every neighborhood has different options to offer. But if you live in a major city or a big market, you’ll have a variety of restaurants to choose from. You can go the healthy route with a fresh smoothie or opt for a hearty breakfast with toast, hash browns, and eggs. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’re sure to be able to find it on Uber Eats.
PostMates is similar to DoorDash in that both services hire drivers dedicated to making local deliveries. Their drivers pick up food from local restaurants just like any other customer would pick up a take-out order.
We mentioned earlier that there is one thing we don’t love about PostMates, and that’s the fact that it’s not very easy to see what restaurants are available for future deliveries.
If you want PostMates to bring you food, you’ll need to wait until you wake up the morning. Open the app or visit the website when you’re ready to order to see what restaurants are open and available near you at that time.
What we do love about PostMates is that you can order pretty much anything. Yes, you can get a breakfast sandwich or anything else from breakfast restaurants, but you can also get clothing, alcohol, and all sorts of things. To get started, download the app, select your current location, and enter your credit card information. You’ll see a variety of local businesses, restaurants, and shopping options to choose from.
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The ordering process is quite simple. Choose a restaurant and you’ll see the entire restaurant menu pop up with prices listed beside each item. Click on what you want to eat and add items to your cart as you would with any other online order.
With PostMates you’ll find fast food restaurant and local restaurants, as well as places such as Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks. Craving a couple of tall lattes? In the mood for a big hearty meal? PostMates makes it easy to get what you want without ever having to leave the house.
The concept of food delivery is nothing new – but the option to order in breakfast is relatively new. And it’s one we’re loving. Getting up in the morning is hard enough – and if you’ve been out the night before the last thing you want to do is wake up and cook, yet breakfast is the best way to get you started and get your day on track.
GrubHub, Uber Eats, DoorDash, and PostMates are all great options for breakfast delivery. Wake up, open any of the apps or websites, and see what restaurants are open for delivery. If you want to schedule your breakfast in advance, use the scheduling features on any of the apps or websites. You can place your order the night before, sleep peacefully, and wake up knowing that a meal is on its way to your door.
Keep in mind that all food delivery services have fees and surcharges that you’ll need to pay. But those fees are small in comparison to the convenience and the amount of time and effort you can save from having to cook for yourself.
We’ve also noticed that some of the apps have much higher delivery fees in the morning because there are not a lot of drivers at that time.
Don’t dirty a bunch of dishes that you’ll have to spend time cleaning. Don’t run the risk of burning your toast or undercooking your eggs. Let someone else worry about that. With a breakfast delivery service, all you have to do is sit back, eat, and relax. And that is a pretty great way to start the day.
Brett Helling is the owner of Ridester.com. He has been a rideshare driver since early 2012, having completed hundreds of trips for companies including Uber, Lyft, and Postmates. In 2014 he acquired Ridester.com to share his experiences with other drivers. His insights are regularly quoted by publications such as Forbes, Vice, CNBC, and more. He is currently working on a book about working in the Gig Economy, expanding his skill set beyond the rideshare niche. Read more about Brett here.