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Easy take-out and deliveryWhy go get food when you can summon your dinner to you--before you even get home.
Hey everyone. Here's a good trick for the supremely lazy meal-hunter who's always on the go. Instead of calling in an order for delivery, you can just create one with an app--before you even get home. I'm Jessica Dolcourt and this is Tap that App, the show where we SHOW YOU the latest and greatest mobile apps. This time we're taking a look at GrubHub and SeamlessWeb on iPhone and Android. You may be familiar with both these services online, and indeed, the mobile apps mostly recreate the menu-viewing and meal- ordering service. I think it's easier to create your account online first, but you can also register from the apps. Now, the GrubHub app may be more makeshift than the full online version, but it's still usable. You can search your current location and look for restaurants. Ordering online pulls up a menu. Just tap an entry to add it to your order, add your address, and finalize the order. Then there's the bizarrely-named SeamlessWeb. It sounds like a Web Standards Consortium, but is really a Grub Hub rival that does a better job on its mobile app. SeamlessWeb has a few more options for placing an order for delivery or pickup. And it also gives you a map and filters. Apart from that, it works pretty much the same. After viewing the menu, tap your selection and any additional lunch or dinner items to add them to your bag. You can also type in special instructions. Keep in mind that both these delivery services will require a minimum dollar order. They also have limited databases and don't service every U.S. city. So if you've got your heart set on the little neighborhood Thai restaurant down the street, better forget these apps and just pick up the phone. Otherwise, they're a great option for quickly ordering food from anywhere you've got a Wi-Fi or data connection. What's your favorite app? Send along your suggestions to Tap That App at cnet.com. I'm Jessica Dolcourt. Keep on tapping!