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Too hot to cook? Restaurant take-out options are at your fingertips

Posted by Swati Gauri Sharma  July 16, 2013 04:38 PM

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Pizza formaggio from Ecco Pizza in Allston.

With this heat wave hitting Boston, we're pretty sure you want to stay far away from the hot stove and oven (and we don't blame you). To help you avoid the kitchen, we have included various websites that provide hundreds of options for take-out or delivery.

This platform works with various delivery services in the area, including Dashed, Dine Valet, Let's Eat, and MixMenu, which gives this site some of the most restaurants to choose from. If you become a regular user of this site, you'll reap the benefits that come with Foodler Bucks. The more you order, the more points you get, and the more discounts you can take off your meal.
Pros: You can search by user ratings, cost, delivery fee, or distance. The restaurant choice is extremely diverse, and the points go a long way.
Cons: The interface is not as user-friendly as the other sites out there.

This name fits the service: Ordering really is, well, seamless. Your favorite orders are saved. The app is extremely easy to use, and the website also has an easy-to-use, attractive layout. If you are a creature of habit and have a go-to order, this site may be your best bet.
Pros: The design of the site is excellent, and the number of steps needed to place an order are minimal.
Cons: Because Seamless is new, the restaurant selection is smaller than the other sites. And because of its newness, there aren't as many reviews or ratings of the restaurants as compared with other delivery sites.

Because this service is so widely used, there are many user reviews to sift through. If that isn't enough, GrubHub also provides Yelp reviews for each restaurant. If you're using the app, be sure to check out the tracking option provided for a select number of restaurants. .
Pros: It's easy to use, has a great mobile app, and according to the website, has more than 200 restaurants available from which to choose.
Cons: It's hard to gauge how expensive the restaurants are. Other sites have a price point listed; GrubHub does not. This site is ideal for delivery as it requires an address to search for restaurants.

Are you looking to serve a large group of people and a large pizza won't do? DIningIn lets you search by places that will cater, saving you time and energy from finding the meals for large parties.
Pros: The catering option is extremely useful. (Yes, you should definitely throw an ice cream social and cater from J.P. Licks.)
Cons: The format isn't as easy to use and the sorting options for restaurants are limited. Ideal for catering needs.

Do you tend to order in during the summer months? What are some of your go-to restaurants? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

Meghan Colloton is a Bostonian who loves traveling, channeling her inner Julia Child, and trying weird things -- from food to bungee jumping.

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