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UberEATS Spins Off Into Standalone App With All Day, On Demand Delivery

Launching today.

Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Apparently everyone in Los Angeles just loves to have their food delivered to their doorstep. Case in point: The new UberEATS standalone app, launching today in L.A.

The offshoot app won’t have anything to do with picking you up from LAX or pooling you and your friends to and from the hottest club. Instead, UberEATS the solo experience means daily, all-day-long food delivery from existing popular restaurants.

The siphoning off of the new UberEATS app just shows how damn popular delivery options have become in Los Angeles. In fact, Los Angeles was the original pilot city for the first iteration of UberEATS (then called UberFresh). There’s always a big rush on the current Uber app any time the company announces that they’re riding around town with cars full of Bay Cities sandwiches, so the expansion to a whole slew of new Westside restaurants (they’re slowly rolling out citywide) and the introduction of all-day hours should be a godsend for folks afraid of leaving the house.

But because the company is broadening its breadth of available restaurants, don’t expect every meal to show up in ten minutes or less. Instead, the app will have a few daily Instant Delivery options to choose from, with the rest of the food taking just a bit longer. Think of it like a Seamless or Postmates, but baked into the existing Uber infrastructure.

Los Angeles is the first U.S. city to secure a standalone UberEATS app, though Toronto has been into the meal delivery app experience since late last year. WIRED has a nice story on UberEATS’ experience up north, which includes discussions on app design (in order to help customers make decisions faster) and delivery windows (the target is still well below current restaurant average, like 30 minutes or less). They’re also investing in nice food photography within the app as a way for customers to make even stronger daily choices.

You can get in on the new app as of today, with 50% off your first order (up to $10) via the UberEATS app.