Home-Delivered Happy Meals Are Now a Thing

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Home-Delivered Happy Meals Are Now a Thing

Photo by Mike Mozart / Flickr

Photo by Mike Mozart / Flickr

When I was seven years old, I overheard my parents talking about ordering takeout for dinner. They were discussing whether to call the Panda House for Chinese food or Luigi’s for pizza when I chimed in: “Can we call McDonald’s and get some Happy Meals?”

No, my mother told me. She explained that places like McDonald’s, Burger King, and Taco Bell didn’t deliver. I began to cry. At that young age, I didn’t understand I was asking for the impossible.

Fast forward 29 years. Although pizza and Chinese food remain the dominant foods in meal delivery, major fast-food and fast-casual chains are slowly implementing such services, as mobile ordering companies and delivery apps make delivery a viable option.

Here are six major chains that have started to offer delivery service:

Taco Bell

Earlier this summer, Taco Bell began offering delivery service at more than 200 restaurants in California and Texas, partnering with on-demand local delivery company DoorDash.

McDonald’s

Oh, if only I lived in the Big Apple! In May, McDonald’s began offering delivery service in New York City through a partnership with Postmates as part of the Golden Arches’s turnaround plan.

Chipotle

Chipotle beat McDonald’s to the punch when it announced in April that it had begun offering delivery service for online and mobile orders in 67 cities, also via a partnership with Postmates.

Starbucks

Boy, this Postmates service sure is popular! In March, Starbucks announced it was testing two delivery models in Seattle and New York City by teaming up with — you guessed it — Postmates to offer the service in Seattle. In New York, Starbucks is testing a “Green Apron” service for select large office buildings, beginning with the Empire State Building.

Panera Bread

After testing delivery service for about a year in some of its key markets, Panera announced in April that it was planning to expand its delivery service more broadly next year.

Dunkin’ Donuts

In early June, Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin’ Brands, revealed that the donut chain was privately testing delivery service, potentially paving the way for Dunkin’ Donuts eventually to be delivered directly to your home or office.

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