DoorDash, the leading on-demand food delivery service, has quietly launched in our area — the latest sign of tech-driven food delivery and rideshare expanding into the Sierra Foothills, this blog has learned.
DoorDash lists 36 restaurants near our 95959 zip code, including Big A Rootbeer Drive In, Pete’s Pizza, Cirino’s, Kaido, Tofanelli’s, Diegos, Jernigan’s, Lefty’s, Treats, Friar Tuck’s and others.
We like to eat out at our local restaurants. But we tried DoorDash this weekend, ordering burgers, milk shakes, cole slaw and onion rings from Big A. DoorDasher Eric delivered our lunch within half an hour and said it is being well received. It started about a week ago, he said. We ate our burgers while watching the Giants’ baseball game.
DoorDash is one of a growing number of technology companies that uses the internet (via PCs, tablets and mobile phones) to provide on-demand food delivery.
We’e a small market compared with the big cities that these companies serve, but our retiree population could make it appealing for them. Some people don’t like to drive — or can’t. Others don’t like to cook. It also could provide extra, incremental revenue for our local restaurants.
San Francisco-based DoorDash was founded in 2013 by Stanford students, and its backers include Silicon Valley venture capitalists, such as Kleiner Perkins, Sequoia Capital and others.
Along with DoorDash, our area now is served by Uber for ride sharing and Instacart for grocery delivery.
We’ve regularly used services such as Doordash when we’re staying in big cities or traveling on vacation, as well as the ride share services. Our mobile phones are equipped with DoorDash and Uber apps for out-of-town travel.