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GrubHub and OpenTable

The free GrubHub app offers a tremendous amount of convenience and saves you money when used as an alternative to hotel room service. It also provides you with healthier dining options compared to fast food.

If you’re within one of 15 participating cities—including Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, San Diego, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, or Seattle—you can use GrubHub (see Figure 10.2) to access the complete menus of dozens of restaurants in your immediate area—whether or not they typically deliver. Then you can order food by tapping on menu selections; pay using a major credit card; and have the GrubHub service deliver your meal(s) right to your hotel room, office, or home, typically within 30 to 60 minutes.

Figure 10.2

Figure 10.2. Choose a local restaurant; place an order; and have food delivered to your hotel room, home, or office using the GrubHub app for iPad.

What’s great about the GrubHub service is that there are no additional delivery charges. Although some restaurants have a minimum order of $10.00 or $20.00, this is typically how much you’d spend ordering a meal for one person.

Using GrubHub, you’re no longer limited to meal options from just one single hotel room service or restaurant menu because the GrubHub service works with thousands of restaurants in each participating city (more than 13,000 restaurants nationwide).

In addition to when you’re traveling, this service also comes in handy if you’re working late at the office and need to order food or if you’re too tired after work to prepare dinner at home for yourself and your family.

Your iPad automatically detects your location, so that within seconds you can see a listing of nearby participating restaurants and their complete menus. For details about the GrubHub service and a current list of what cities it’s available in, visit www.GrubHub.com.

Meanwhile, to help you make dining reservations at one or more participating restaurants simultaneously without having to sit on the phone and call restaurants separately, the free OpenTable app for iPad (which has 15,000 participating restaurants in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom) offers a convenient solution.

After you know your travel itinerary, for example, in one session you can make restaurant reservations everywhere you want to dine during a trip and receive an instant confirmation from each restaurant. Or you can book a reservation while traveling to your favorite dining establishing to ensure a table will be waiting for you. For more information, go to www.OpenTable.com.

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