There has been a proliferation of websites and apps that make it easier, cheaper or more rewarding to get food. Many of them center on delivery, while others focus on rewards. Ritual is one of my new favorites, focusing on convenience and rewards.
Ritual is all about ease of ordering, with some rewards thrown in. It’s based on the theory that most people get the same (or one of a few different) orders every time that they go to a restaurant. In other words, if you like the local restaurant’s spicy chicken with green beans, you’ll probably get that whenever you go there. With Ritual, however, you don’t have to worry about filling out the order form every time. Rather, it saves whatever you order and lets you re-order the exact same item with the press of a button. It also tracks your order and, theoretically, tells you when you need to be at the restaurant to pick it up. Not every restaurant is available, but many are and they seem to be adding new ones at a fast pace. They seem particularly strong with ethnic restaurants, although that might just be a function of my neighborhood.
There are two good reasons to sign up:
- They’ll give you a $10 sign-up bonus to do so. It is a referral site (I’m not even sure what I get out of it, but thank you for using my link!), but there doesn’t seem to be any downside.
- You earn points with each order. I haven’t exactly figured out the point system, although they apparently you free food. Best as I can tell, points are worth about 5% back on what you spend.
For those of you who are creatures of habit like I am, it’s worth your time.