Takeout Taxi: Not worth the expense!
This summer while on a date at
Darryl’s I noticed a stack of restau
rant delivery menus. I picked one
up on my way out and skimmed
through it on the way home.
Basically it was a book of menus
offered by a new Raleigh service.
It’s called the Takeout Taxi and,
like their slogan says, “We bring the
restaurants to you!” I thought it was
a pretty neat idea and I couldn’t
wait to try it. After all there are so
many nights when you want a real
honest to goodness meal, you’re
sick and tired of that trek to the
cafeteria, but you just don’t want to
change out of those sweats, plus
you’re waiting on a call and your
favorite show’s coming on.
This past Thursday provided just that
opportunity, after all “Friends” was
going to be on any minute! So I
twisted the arms of three of my
friends to be my guinea pigs. We
pulled out the menu and the choices
didn’t look bad.The menu for the
Hillsborough Street area included
Chili’s, 2nd City Grill, Black Marlin,
El Rodeo, Oh! Brian’s, Two Guys,
Chicks Natural, Peking Garden, and a
few others. Your selection of
restaurants depends on your delivery
zone. Takeout Taxi offers a different
menu guide for each section of
Raleigh. We chose two of our
favorites: Oh! Brian’s and Chili’s.
After we made our choices, we
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called 840-FOOD. The operator was
very friendly, but she had problems
with her computer and I had to
give her the address over and over
and over again. Finally I placed the
order and was pleased that she
asked how we wanted our meat
cooked, what kind of bread we
wanted, everything you would
expect a waitress to ask. My
excitement about the whole deal
leveled off when she said the wait
would be an hour to an hour and a
By the time our food did arrive at
the Johnson Hall fountain, we were
starved. It came in styrofoam
takeout boxes all stacked in a
plastic bag. I was disappointed they
weren’t a little more creative in the
delivery, but then I realized there
aren’t many options in takeout. We
dug into the appetizers first. The
cheese sticks weren’t great because
the cheese had hardened and the
potato skins were fair, only a little
bit warm. We opened our entrees
next and were really upset when
we saw how cold and soggy the
fries were. Two of us had ordered
mushroom burgers and they
disappeared in no time. My
“knifeandafork” chicken from Oh!
Brian’s was all right. The food
would have all been great if it was
served hot, but after all, I reminded
myself it was takeout.
There are a few catches that come
with the Takeout Taxi. You pay the
same price as the restaurant
chaises, but a $4 service charge is
tacked on, with an additional $2
charge for each different restaurant
and a $ 10 minimum food order
from each restaurant. A 15%
increase is added on for delivery,
tax, and gratuity. All these charges
combine to make the price a little
steep for a college pocketbook.
I learned a lesson from the experi
ence though: if I’m going to spend
the price for a nice meal, I should
get everything that I’m paying for.
That includes the ambiance of the
restaurant itself, the decor, com
pany, music, and just different
They can’t package any of that in a
styrofoam box, so the next time I
want a good meal. I’ll head on over
to the restaurant and save the
leftovers for the takeout box
instead, with change to spare!
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