This month saw the launch of Favor in Boston, only the second city to receive the mobile app delivery service. (Following Austin, where our local editor recently gave it thumbs up.) Founded by a pair of New Hampshire natives, the service lets you request delivery of an item from any local business for a flat fee: $5 for deliveries under $50 and $7.50 for deliveries between $50 and $100. They call and place the order, deliver it to you in a car that wears a bowtie on its front bumper (you know, in case it's a formal occasion), and you can track the process in real-time through the app.
Naturally, restaurants are among the most popular businesses that Favor users request. So to salute their local launch, we asked the Favor team to tell us the 10 Boston restaurants that are receiving the most requests so far. Get your dialing finger ready.
Not surprisingly, given the ardent fans of this six-location taqueria, this local chain we love is one of the most popular picks. But if you think you know everything about the place, think again. Check out our recent feature on 9 Boston Dining Scene Secrets for info on the Cubio, a four-pound burrito behemoth available by request only.
And also not surprisingly, this beloved taqueria is also on the list. Funny enough, it just edged out Anna's (and two other Northeast burrito spots) in a recent round of FiveThirtyEight's hunt for "America's Best Burrito."
It was a sweet treat for Bostonians when a location of this small DC-based cupcake chain opened on Newbury Street in 2012. That Favor can bring them to your doorstep is just the icing on top. Besides, sorry Crumbs haters - but if you ask us, the Cupcake Era lives on.
The same hospitality group behind Abe & Louie's and Atlantic Fish is responsible for this more casual regional chain. And while you probably wouldn't want a serious steak or a piece of swordfish by delivery, French fries, simple American sandwiches and salads will do just fine.
Ben and Jerry have nothing on our homegrown ice cream brand, with launched in Jamaica Plain (obviously) but now has a number of outposts throughout the city. And on a hot summer day (like today) we're mighty tempted to order up a scoop; after all, it's on our bucket list of 30 Things You Must Eat & Drink This Summer.
Last month, the farm-to-table salad chain Sweetgreen opened its third Boston-area location in Chestnut Hill, following eateries in Fort Point and Back Bay. While those salads are a great way to get your greens in, don't forget about the "sweet." In particular, we love the blueberry basil lemonade with agave, a refreshing sip that helps beat the heat.
Delicious yet affordable sushi, without having to endure the college crowds that descend on this Northeastern U-side spot? Sign. Us. Up.
The hottest new hangover brunch spot? Your living room. The dress code is very casual, and it's the perfect place to feast on Thornton's waffles, steak and eggs or "Pink Panther" (scrambled eggs with sausage and red pepper) without having to readjust to bright lights and loud noises.
Hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and tasty build-your-own burgers make this sizzling patty flipper one of our favorite local chains. Order's up!
Do you want them slathered in buffalo sauce? Teriyaki? Garlic parmesan, "Mustang Ranch" or citrus chipotle? Who cares. We want them now. So do us a favor and fly them over.