Halfway through last year, Goldbelly, a mail-order food website, announced that it had raised $ 100 million in new funding during the Covid-19 pandemic. That’s kind of a lot of money for a service that ships pizza, cookies, sandwiches, cakes, and way more nationwide, but for a nation that comforted (and continues to comfort) themselves with pizza, cookies, sandwiches, cakes, and way more, it’s not a huge surprise. When Covid hampered travel, at least you could “travel” somewhere by tasting the food of a regional restaurant.
Goldbelly isn’t alone — and it surely isn’t the first, with well-established restaurant brands expanding to include shipping their foods long before. That’s a great thing if you’re a hungry person looking to satisfy your cravings. There’s now a fleet of new mail-order food companies that ship pretty much anywhere and their stuff is actually delicious even though it arrives through the mail.
The only problem is that there are now almost too many of these companies, and with each one offering a variety of options, you can occasionally get lost in all their gustatory glory. So, to help narrow things down for you, here’s a list of the six best mail-order food companies, and then also the single best thing to order from each one.
That’s not to say that there aren’t also a truckload of other amazing options at each service. Just think of each recommendation as a great place to start.
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Goldbelly is perhaps the most well-known of these mail-order meal companies right now — and for good reason. (Even Martha Stewart herself recently launched a line on the platform.). But the site can be head-spinning in its number of offerings. So, like you do with grocery shopping, it’s best to come with a list.
Our pick: Eventide Oyster Co. Brown Butter Lobster Roll Kit
The iconic Portland, Maine, modern seafood restaurant stuffs a mound of succulent lobster into a house-made roll and adorns the sandwich with little more than a few chopped chives because that’s all it needs. Pair with anything from Maine Beer Company.
Tastes of Chicago
They deliver just what their name states: specialties from in and around the Chicago area. That includes the sauce-crust-cheese force of nature that is a Lou Malnati deep dish pizza, dragged-through-the-garden Vienna Beef hot dogs, and fully loaded Long Grove Bakery apple pie.
Our pick: Portillo’s Italian Beef Kit
Thinly shaved beef, cooked in a signature gravy, served with sweet peppers and spicy giardiniera — all tucked into a toasted Italian roll. Pair it with a shot of Jeppson’s Wormwood, because that’s what you do.
Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous
Plenty of BBQ restaurants ship their slow-smoked meats throughout the country. But few capture the experience of actually eating at the place as well as Memphis’ Rendezvous does. All their care packages come with something a little extra, be it a bag of their signature popcorn, a shaker of rub, or a bottle of BBQ sauce. And the BBQ itself? Hog heavenly.
Our pick: 2 Slabs of Ribs Box
This is your Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous starter kit. Ribs ship well and are super easy to reheat (the popcorn is a nice while-you’re-waiting snack). If you love it, branch out to the pulled pork next.
This market is a New York City institution, and its seafood counter has built a long-standing reputation as one of the nation’s best, which continues under the direction of their chief fishmonger, Joe Gurrera. You can buy everything from oysters to clams to crab legs from Citarella, along with caviar, scallops, and even ceviche kits.
Our pick: Seafood Tower for 2
If you can not decide on what to order, get it all. This seafood feast contains shrimp, clams, oysters, stone crab claws, crab legs, and (what the heck) a whole lobster, along with some serving fixins.
Though this specialty meats company sells a fair amount of fresh red meat and poultry, they make some mean cured goods too. D’Artagnan, which, yes, shares a name with one of the three musketeers, has been around since 1985, so they’re old pros now.
Our pick: Charcuterie Gift Box for 12
This big box of awesome includes, but is not limited to: chorizo,
pâté, garlic sausage, wild boar sausage, duck prosciutto, duck rillettes, and smoked chicken breast. While that may seem like a lot of meat, know that it’s all cured, so it’ll last — or not, depending on how much you may eat in a sitting.
By Bruno Bros.
By Bruno Bros. is Philly institution that has been around since 1939 — and for good reason. The “House of Cheese” also sells a variety of meats, and imported goods. You’ll find a little bit of everything at Di Bruno, and it’s all amazing.
Our pick: Antipasto Gift Box
It offers exactly that — a little bit of everything: olives, roasted red peppers, aged provolone, pepperoni, and the always-awesome prosciutto-stuffed pepper shooters.
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