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Dinner Solutions at Skip the Dishes

*Skip the Dishes provided a partial credit in exchange for trying their service for dinner. In no way was a positive review a condition of this credit.  Opinions expressed below are solely those of the author.

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Learn English Via Listening | Beginner Level | Lesson 21 | Meals

Ever find yourself wondering what to fix for dinner?  Or perhaps you go to make dinner and discover there’s nothing in the fridge. Maybe your schedule has run a lit long and you don’t have time to make dinner between events.  So you decide you want to pick up a meal or maybe have it delivered.
Then comes the next question, what to order?  Chinese, Vietnamese, Fried Chicken, Sushi?  So  you decide to look through the various menus scattered around your office or kitchen.  You phone up one place, and halfway through your order you decide you want something else.  What do you do, awkwardly hang up, or decide to get the dinner you started to order.
Fortunately, in Skip the Dishes, there is an easy solution to this problem. Skip the Dishes is a Winnipeg company, with operations throughout the prairies that specializes in connecting diners with restaurants.  Through Skip the Dishes, you can place orders for meals for either pick up or delivery.  I used them a couple of times in the last few days and this is what I discovered.
The first real positive of Skip the Dishes is that they offer a wide range of restaurants from which you can get lunch or dinner (and some breakfast ones as well).  Along with this the restaurants featured on Skip the Dishes must offer their full menu at the  same price they charge if you dine in.  Check out their FAQS for more information on their policies.

 Using Skip the Dishes

Another great feature is the ease of use with the interface. You need to register with the site first.  Registering also gives you opportunities to take advantage of specials on the site. Ordering is a four step process.
1.)  Enter Your Area Code
2.)  Choose a Restaurant
3.)  Place Your Order
4.)  Payment
The area code entry lets you see which restaurants are closest to your area.  Others are also displayed based on how far away from you they are.  Most places charge $4.00 for delivery, and I didn’t see any that charged extra based on distance.
When you choose a restaurant you are taken to their menu and you can start to place your order.  If you change your mind while you are ordering you can always go back to the restaurant to change.  You can do this right up until the moment before you pay for your order.  One thing I wish were different is that when restaurants that aren’t available they simply didn’t appear on the site.
When placing your order, you simply click on the dishes you want to make up your dinner.  Each item comes up with an opportunity for you to include any special instructions (ie sauce on the side, gluten free, etc.)  Some of these may result in extra cost depending on the restaurant. My first order, from Thida’s Thai, had the opportunity for me to choose heat from 1-10 by marking the circle next to the number you chose.  I chose 10 on both and I received it.
I also placed a sushi order.  In both cases the items that I ordered were the items I received.  The sushi order also included the requisite soy sauce, wasabi and ginger. In both cases the food I ordered was fresh, and in the case of Thida’s, piping hot
Their are three payment options available.  You can either use interac, credit card, or cash.  I chose the last option both times.
Another question to be answered about a service like Skip the Dishes, is do they deliver on delivery?  In both cases the answer was yes.  In the first case at Thida’s, I ordered my dinner and was told it would be ready in 20 minutes.  20 minutes later I was at the Thida’s and my dinner was waiting for me.  My second order which I placed for delivery, arrived a couple of minutes early, which was good because the dinner I had ordered it for started a little early.

Troubleshooting Dinner:

Finally, as you can imagine, any service like this is never glitch free.  So, my final question was how well does Skip the Dishes handle problems.  The answer is very well.  Firstly, the site has a live chat option where you can talk with employees to work out any problems that you have with the website.  Secondly, when an error occurs they are quick to respond and fix it.  When I placed my sushi order, I requested 6:30 delivery and when it was confirmed it said delivery was for 7:30.  Within two minutes of sending an email, Skip the Dishes had corrected the time, and as I stated I received my food in good time.  If you’re looking for an alternative to preparing your own meals, give Skip the Dishes a try, I think you’ll like the results.

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.