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French Fries are the Most Popular Delivery Order During the Pandemic

According to Uber Eats, the side dish is being ordered more than anything else right now.
French fries with ketchup on dark background, top view

The coronavirus pandemic has brought about many financial challenges for everyone, but the restaurant industry has especially suffered. One of the best ways to support local restaurants is to order takeout or delivery from them, and there's one food that's being ordered at a higher volume than others.

While third party delivery services such as Uber Eats and Grubhub aren't the best way to order from a local restaurant, as they inevitably take a fraction of their sales, for some places, it's the only way to support small businesses during this time.

There's even discussion on whether or not ordering delivery is an ethical choice to make at this point in time. Even though your order supports someone's income, you and the delivery person both risk exposure in a transaction, especially as the demand in certain cities continues to escalate.

Around the time when the pandemic first appeared in the U.S., The New York Times shared messages from a group chat among delivery workers in NYC, one of which read, "I'm afraid to make deliveries because I'm afraid to die."

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While there is no right answer to this, the truth of the matter is, people are still ordering delivery—so much so that a delivery service was able to compile the data and see which food orders are in most demand right now. At the end of March, Uber Eats found that French fries were the most-ordered dish across the U.S.

This may not come as a surprise to many, seeing as Uber Eats particularly caters to delivery orders at large fast-food and sit-down chains. The salty side dish may also be a source of comfort for some.

Other popular dishes right now include pad thai, garlic naan bread, chicken masala, and chicken wings.

The soup that was ordered the most? Miso. The most popular dessert delivery order was tiramisu, and as for the most popular drink order, soda rose to the top as the winner.

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Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Eat This, Not That!, specializing in food and drink coverage, and breaking down the science behind the latest health studies and information. Read more
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