GrubHub launches Android app for menus, food delivery


GrubHub is a web-based service that lets users find restaurants that deliver food. The company also offers an iPhone app that lets you search for restaurants by name or cuisine style near your location and either browse menus for online ordering or place a phone call to make an order. Today GrubHub added an Android app to its lineup.

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The service currently has listings for about 13,000 restaurants in 13 cities including Boston, Chicago, LA, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

On the home screen you simply enter an address or hit the “search current location” button, and hit Find restaurants. If you want to filter your search, you can type something in the “what would you like” box, but you don’t have to. You can also filter search results by style of cuisine.

Once you find a listing you like, you can tap it for more details and reviews, or hit the big Call or Order online buttons to either place a phone call or view an interactive menu.

Overall the app works as you’d expect, and I can definitely see how it could come in handy. Unfortunately it’s not without its quirks. For instance, every time you go back to the main screen you’ll have to re-enter your address or hit the current location button. The app doesn’t seem to have any intention of remembering where you were the last time you searched or placed an order. That’s great if you regularly order food from lots of different locations, but a bit annoying if you’re trying to conduct a few searches before deciding what you want for dinner.

GrubHub for Android is available as a free download from the Android Market.

Update: It turns out this is just a public beta. The full version will let users login to access saves preferences including locations and credit card numbers.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since 2006. Brad has also worked with NPR, WHYY, PRI, and AOL.

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  • http://www.grubhub.com Casey Winters

    Hi, I work for GrubHub. Thanks for the review. I definitely agree with you on the re-typing of addresses. Login features are forthcoming in a future release of the app. This is just the beta version. With the login you’ll be able to save multiple addresses, save credit cards, and reorder past orders from the app. Stay tuned.