One of the most frustrating things about ordering delivery over the phone (#ConnecticutProblems) is repeating yourself 30 times, or being put on hold, or being transferred to 10 different people. Yeah, it’s seriously annoying and it’s a big waste of time, especially when there are other important things to do like watch TV, surf the net, watch the kids, or just be lazy.
But, two websites are making delivery (or pick up) just a bit easier and giving you some great things in return. All around, we use Seamless more often because they have a better variety of restaurants for delivery by us, but Delivery.com is still a good option. Let’s look at Seamless first.
Seamless has a very easy to use interface where you can save restaurants into your favorites and even just order a previous meal with just a few clicks. You’ll often see restaurants that have deals like 10% or 20% of orders! Be aware that some restaurants charge a small fee for delivery, but it’s not a fee from Seamless. Also, Seamless will send out emails time to time with special discount codes that you can enter before your finalize your purchase. Our favorite part: add the tip right in and when your food arrives, the delivery person will hand it to you, thank you, then leave. That’s more time for your to spend gorging yourself. Right now they are in the Greenwich, Stamford, and Westport areas, but are expanding.
Our obsession with Restaurant.com (not Restaurants.com) started years ago when we’d shell out $5 and get a $50 pass to restaurants. The amount of money we saved was awesome and we continue to check this site when we want to save some major dinero. We use it for local restaurants and especially when we’re on vacation and want to find a quick, inexpensive meal.
It works pretty easily: enter the city and state where you want a certificate then select the restaurant. The most common option that you’ll see is pay $10 for a $25 certificate, but sometimes there will be bigger incentives like $20 for $50, $30 for $75, or even $40 for $100. Before you purchase your certificate, just make sure that there aren’t any terms of the agreement that won’t work for you such as, “Only includes lunch,” or “No dinner on Saturday.” Also, pay close attention to the fine print because some have an order minimum or some include a tip into the amount of the bill automatically.
One of the first things we do when we’re looking for a restaurant to hit up is check to see if it’s on OpenTable. In just a few clicks you can see lots of restaurants in your area that are taking reservations. From there, you can click on a restaurant, enter in your party size and time, then you’re on your way to booking your table. You could even play restaurant roulette and enter a party size, date, and time and see which restaurants in the area have tables nearby.
Recently, we used OpenTable to get ourselves some nice seats at Bar Sugo in Norwalk and Dinosaur Bar-b-que in Stamford. Plus, we can’t tell you how easy this site makes vacation planning. And, wouldn’t you know it, Dan’s Prius has OpenTable built into it?
When you show up for the reservation, make sure you give your name and they check you in before you find your seat. At most restaurants you’ll earn 100 points for each time you show up and dine out. There are even some restaurants on the site that will earn you 1,000 points for honoring your reservation. When you reach 2,000 points you’ll be sent a $20 gift certificate usable at any OpenTable restaurant.
Here are just some of the OpenTable restaurants that you could hit up in just Connecticut:
Back in October 2011, we told you about Eating Greenwich and Port Chester: a restaurant week that spanned two states. Well, these two neighboring buddies are back for more action two years later! But, this isn’t your typical restaurant week and you can thank New England Culinary Group for that. Starting off, one of the restaurants below might give you a deal on a three course lunch for $12.13/$18.13 or dinner for $20.13/$30.13. Restaurants also have the option of offering up a special killer deal that will get you there and save you some serious dough. But, here’s the gem in the crown of this event: the “Keep Eating” program. When you chomp away at any of the restaurants that are participating during Eating Greenwich and Port Chester, you will receive a Keep Eating 20% off gift certificate to be used at any participating restaurant from March 10-27, 2013. The certificates are valid from Sunday through Wednesday and don’t include alcohol, just be aware.
Make sure to check out NECG’s site and this post for updated info, deals, and pricing points. Here are the restaurants with their locations from 3/3-3/7:
- Alba’s in Port Chester
- Arrosto in Port Chester
- Avenue Cafe
- Bistro Latino in Greenwich (a must for tapas, review on the way)
- Centro at the Mill Restaurant in Greenwich
- China White in Purchase (we’ve heard amazing things, Greenwich opening around spring)
- Coals in Port Chester (yeah, love the grilled wings, pizza, and beer selection here)
- eleven14 Kitchen in Greenwich (we want to try)
- Greco’s Bella Cucina in Greenwich
- John’s of Arthur Ave. in Port Chester
- Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar in Greenwich (we’ve been to Red Lulu, but not here yet)
- Morello Bistro in Greenwich (excellent Italian)
- Polpo in Greenwich
- Sonora in Port Chester (love this Nuevo Latino spot! Same chef/owner as Bistro Latino)
- Tandoori in Port Chester (when we lived in Rye Brook, we loved going here. Will have to try again)
- Tarry Lodge in Port Chester (excited to try)
- The Ginger Man in Greenwich (great beer selection)
- The Willett House in Port Chester
Westport’s quite the dining destination, now isn’t it? Whatever you’re in the mood for, too, they’ve got the means to feed your need. You want a burger on a barge? Check out Black Duck. You want some ribs to nom on? Check out Bobby Q’s. In the need for some seafood served up with a creative flare? Crack open the doors of The Whelk. Feel like some great farm-to-table? Pick Terrain, LeFarm, or The Dressing Room. Well, you get the idea. If you don’t get the idea, sorry, we can’t be much more repetitive just for your sake…or is that sake, the drink? We have to move on. Seriously, we need to.
So, let’s add another reason to hit up Westport for some cravings: sushi. Yes, there’s a new bad girl in town and her name is Punk Sumo Sushi & Sake Cafe. Well, we guess she’s a girl. Guys can like pink too, yes, we shouldn’t judge. We’ve very excited for the opening, slated for 11/26/12 at 11 am. They’ll be rolling, slicing, and dicing food, and also pouring out sake at 4 Church Lane, right across the street from the YMCA and next to Urban Outfitters (boyfriends and husbands, be prepared for a pre or post shopping trip).
Now, here are some reasons why we’re ready to try out Punk Sumo Sushi & Sake Cafe: