There are quite a few choices when it comes to fast food around campus. But restaurants like Burrito Bowl only stay open until 7:30 p.m. on most weekdays.
This is what makes apps like Uber Eats and DoorDash so popular — you can order from a list of restaurants in town that are still open, and the food is brought straight to your door.
But which apps do people in Springfield actually use?
Lauren Creek, freshman psychology major, said DoorDash works well with their customers, has the most options and has the most accurate service for their customers.
Creek said she uses it for convenience.
“I live on campus so cooking really isn’t an option,” Creek said. “I (also) hate losing my parking spot.”
Creek also suggests giving specific directions when navigating drivers to campus because they have difficulty finding specific residence halls.
Gaby Farabee, senior cell and molecular biology major, said the main difference in these apps is the restaurant choices — and even some overlap.
Farabee said she has used Uber Eats the most and likes to order food from Bairs about once every couple of weeks.
Megan Craven, senior international business major, said she prefers Uber Eats because she likes being able to see where her driver is in real time.
“I like the options that Uber Eats has and I’ve had cheaper delivery fees compared to GrubHub,” Craven said.
Some people have not had good experiences with these apps altogether.
Peyton Nordin, freshman, said Uber Eats and Postmates tend to mess up her order, GrubHub takes a long time and her food arrives cold from DoorDash.
Nordin said the best one to order from is Uber Eats because they have the best selection.
“I’ve also had issues with all of them not picking up my order but making me pay for it,” Nordin said.
Uber Eats’ delivery costs are between $3-$10 and delivery times are estimated at 30-40 minutes, according to their app.
Some restaurants available through Uber Eats include Sonic, McDonald’s and Fuddruckers.
DoorDash’s delivery costs are between $2 and $5, and delivery times are between 25-40 minutes.
Restaurants available through DoorDash include McAlister’s Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Springfield Family Restaurant.
Restaurants available through Grubhub include Taco Bell, Bambino’s Cafe and Red Lobster.
So, is it worth it to drive for these apps?
Sophia Passantino, senior public relations major, said she enjoys driving for Postmates because she gets to choose when she wants to work.
Passantino also said Postmates offers “bonus” shifts during certain time periods so drivers can earn an additional $3 on top of the standard $4 per delivery.
Overall, there is no “one size fits all” delivery app for Springfield. It’s probably best to try these apps and decide which one is worth paying for.