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Home Delivered Meals in the SF Bay Area

Three Delivery Services — Oakland, Alameda, San Francisco and Contra Costa Counties

For those who live in San Francisco, even on a short vacation, there is an alternative to eating in restaurants. One can order meals to be delivered to a home or apartment.
In addition to the convenience, there is a considerable savings in two of the home-delivery services — the price is right, there is no tax or delivery charge, and one does not have to buy an expensive wine. In the third one — home delivery of restaurant food — one can choose a price category one can afford, and from a large variety of

Here is a list of three delivery-services — one specializing in “gourmet vegetarian cuisine,” one with vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine, and one which delivers restaurant-prepared meals. The first two require warming up at home, the third brings fully-prepared hot food.

Home on the Range
Based in Oakland, since 1990. They cook several meals daily and deliver to Oakland, Alameda, San Francisco, and Contra Costa Counties. Every meal comes with a salad and freshly-baked roll. Friday also includes vegetables and dessert. Entrees, Mon-Thurs. $10.75, entrees Friday $12.75. Also available, a la carte, soups ($4), desserts ($2.50-3.75), salads ($6.75), and miscellaneous dishes such as chicken pot pie ($6), spaghetti pie ($5.75), beef lasagna $5.75), macaroni and cheese ($4), Caesar or Chinese chicken salad ($5.75).
They take same-day orders up to 1 p.m., and orders may be placed 24 hours a day. Advance orders are made by the day, the week, or even by the month. Minimum order is $20; single orders are taken with a minimum order of 3 per week. Payment is credit-card preferred, or a personal check at time of delivery.
Dinners are free of delivery charge. Tipping is optional, for the delivery person only — usually, $1. Minimum order $20. Tax is added, 8.25%, as in restaurants.
Meats and poultry contain no added hormones. Nutritional analysis available on request.
Daily menu contains two or three non-vegetarian dishes and one vegetarian dish. A monthly menu is available. For example, the menu for Jan 16, 2003 is — grilled sesame chicken with garlic, ginger and soy, with rice pilaf, and lemon veal stuffed with spinach and garlic, served with potatoes, and a vegetarian dish of stuffed eggplant with saffron rice pilaf, currants, apricots, and potatoes. Friday, Jan 17, baked salmon with leeks and capers, served with mashed potato, stuffed lamb with roasted garlic, spinach, & mushrooms, and a vegetarian dish of grilled polenta with mushroom ragout — plus a dessert.
How to order — call 24 hours a day! 510-452-1787 or 1-510-251-8030, (S.F) (415) 333-1787, or FAX 1-510-251-1819.
Gift certificates are available. Catering for various occasions (lunches, cocktail parties, corporate meetings, etc.).

Jane Peal Cuisiniere
Gourmet Vegetarian Cuisine. All menus are $30 for a bountiful meal for two, 3 courses, consisting of one pint of salad, one quart of entree, one pint of side dish, delivered in reusable plastic containers. No delivery charge. Tipping is optional, for the delivery person only, usually $1. Tax is added, 8.25%, as in restaurants. An organic wine or bread can be ordered to accompany the meal, for an additional fee. Dessert is available, ask for a selection. Catering is available for large parties.
Jane Peal has cooked in a number of Mediterranean countries from 1982 to 1986, and has cooked at the famous Greens vegetarian restaurant in San Francisco. Menus are selected from around the world. Only the freshest ingredients are used, organic where possible. All selections are dairy and egg free.
Monthly menus are available three days of the week — Mon, Wed, and Fri. Here is the menu for Jan 15 2003 — East European beet and apple salad with sweet mustard vinaigrette, Polish rustic potato soup with gherkin and horseradish, & roasted walnut barley. The menu for Jan 22 — Southwestern Japan salad with orange and grapefruit, Southwestern vegetable chili with red beans and chipote, & golden achiote rice. The menu for Jan 29 – pasta salad Parisienne with mushrooms and gremolata, winter vegetable ragout in a robust Dijon-wine sauce, and rice amandine.
To order — (415) 826-2133. Website — www.

Waiters on Wheels
A delivery service that picks up food at restaurants and delivers them at your home hot and ready-to-eat. Delivery charge $8, for members $6. Membership $12 a year. Members can write personal checks. There is a $8 gift-certificate if you order 5 times in the same month. A grocery run with food order, add $3. Minimum order per restaurant $15. Recommended gratuity 12-15%. Average delivery takes an hour and 15 minutes from the time of order.
How to order – choose a restaurant from the list and make sure it’s open (hours of operation are shown on the menu.) Phone (415) 452-6600 or fax (415) 452-6640. Or use the web address and order by item number.

One can order from a list of coffee houses, buffets, breakfasts, video stores, and from catering menus. The recent catalogue (Jan-Feb 2003) has 167 pages, and covers restaurants of all kinds, e.g., American, Asian, Cambodian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, seafood, Mexican. Also, they are in all price categories, from under $10 per entree, to over $20, so one can choose carefully according to one’s means and needs.
A number of restaurants are in my range, i.e., “affordable,” e.g., Pollo Supremo, Original Joe’s, Tommy’s Joynt, World Wraps, Zao Noodle Bar, Brandy Ho’s, The Pot Sticker, Bombay Indian, Tandoori Mahal, Pasta Pomodoro, King of Falafel, Lemongrass, Thai Ginger, Cafe Prague, Thai Spice, Hyde Street Seafood House, Pizzeria Uno.

Home Delivery reviewed 1/15/03 by Louis Madison


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