National Food Delivery Shortlist: Our Top Picks

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One of the most exciting trends is the multitude of subscription meal boxes, and curated specialty food boxes that have been gaining popularity in the past few years. While there are many of these food delivery services to choose from, there are a few national food delivery services that stand out to us.

Best for Simplicity and Price

If you are a busy professional or not the most avid or experienced home cook, the main purpose of your food delivery system may be to get a meal on the table as quickly as possible.


The top services for easy, straightforward meal kits with crowd-pleasing flavors are HelloFresh, Sun Basket, Gobble, and Blue Apron.

Any of these services will allow you to choose from dozens of recipes per week. Most meals take between 15-30 minutes to prepare.

Most Artisanal

For those who crave more adventurous recipes, try the Martha & Marley Spoon food delivery service. Choose from 22 recipes each week created by cooking and entertaining expert Martha Stewart.

For restaurant fans, Goldbelly sells ready-to-eat foods and meal kits that allow home cooks to recreate famous restaurant favorites.

Goldbelly allows you to choose your meals based on food type or geographic region and allows you to easily send care packages.

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Best Pre-Cooked

For those who need a nutritious, delicious meal but are unable or unwilling to cook, several nationwide food delivery services offer meals delivered to your door that you can simply heat and eat.

Snap Kitchen, for example, offers vegetarian, paleo, and keto-friendly meal options. These meals are fully prepared. Simply heat and eat.

Freshly offers fully prepared meals as well with 30 meals to choose from. Each Freshly meal is sized for one person and is delivered fresh, ready to eat in three minutes. Most importantly, each meal is nutritious and particularly sugar-conscious.

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The Favorites Box. Credit: Pastene

Best for Italian Specialties

Pastene is the oldest Italian specialty company in the U.S. They recently celebrated 146 years in business. They are well known for importing San Marzano Tomatoes grown in a region near Salerno, long known for having the most flavorful tomatoes.

Pastene is best known for their Kitchen Ready Tomatoes. They also have a nice range of specialty food products to make the perfect Italian meal at home. These include a variety of pastas, spaghetti sauce, roasted peppers, marinated artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, and much more. 

Best for Romantic Dinners at Home

Omaha Steaks delivers restaurant-quality meals nationwide. Their selection includes Omaha Steaks’ gourmet meats, sides, desserts and wines. A favorite for a romantic date night at home is the Sweetheart Surf & Turf. This includes a juicy well marbled steak, succulent Maine Lobster Tail Halves, with sides and dessert.

Omaha Steaks also has a wide selection of specialty desserts like Sticky Toffee Cakes, Mini Chocolate Mousse and Caramel Cups, and Chocolate Souffles. 

They also offer a variety of chicken, pork, seafood, and many more selections. 

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Individual Cocolate Souffles. Credit: Omaha Steaks

Best for Snacks and Desserts

Love With Food offers between 7 and 15 surprise clean eating snacks per month. Love With Food donates a meal to needy families for every snack sold.

For those with a sweet tooth, Candy Club offers 6 curated candy surprises per month. Lastly for bakers, Foodstirs offers seasonal dessert recipe kits delivered every other month.