We followed ‘Tony’ from The TakeOut Bham. Here’s what happened. Save $3 on delivery with code: LOCALISBETTER

Tony from The TakeOut Bham hands over delivery of a take out meal to customer from Urban Cookhouse
I tried The TakeOut Bham. Birmingham’s local food delivery service (Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now)


There’s so many great places to eat in Birmingham, but sometimes finding time to grab a quick lunch, or to take your family out to dinner can be a challenge.  Why not try a locally owned delivery service? The TakeOut Bham has been making ordering from independent restaurants in Birmingham easy – since 2010. I tried them out and this is what happened.

Using The TakeOut Bham

Hand holding smartphone using The TakeOut Bham
Using The TakeOut Bham app on my phone (Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now)

There was no way I’d be able to get out of the office for lunch between my busy job at Bham Now and needing to pick up our daughter from daycare, so I visited thetakeoutbham.com on my phone.   There I found a huge list of 75 local neighborhood restaurants to order takeout (sorted by delivery times).  Sometimes, time is of the essence and this was one of them.

Birmingham is bursting with so many local restaurants to choose from. What will satisfy my craving? Maybe a burger from John’s City Diner, a curry from Taj India or a grilled cheese from MELT?

Screen grab of The TakeOut Bham online food delivery service on smartphone
There’s 75 Birmingham restaurants to choose from on The TakeOut Bham (Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now)

I decide to go for smoked turkey and pineapple ham, hot cheddar pasta, and a broccoli salad from Urban Cookhouse in downtown Birmingham. Yum!

I love eating there when possible; the food is farm to table and the plates are accompanied by tiny bites of heaven – their delicious orange rolls. I also added a couple of brown sugar brownies for good measure!

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One of the things I like most about The TakeOut Bham is that it’s genuinely simple to use. I start my order and select the first available delivery slot.

I complete my basket, use code LOCALISBETTER to Save $3 off delivery, submit payment details and my order is on the way!

Chefs preparing a dish in the kitchen at Urban Cookhouse in downtown Birmingham
Preparing the package (Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now)

Urban Cookhouse received my order and are busy preparing it for collection. Meanwhile I’m busy reviewing a Bham Now guide for the weekend.

Man browsing Bham Now internet content on a laptop
Being productive while waiting for my order (Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now)
Take out food being placed into a plastic bag at Urban Cookhouse
Wrapping it up to go (Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now)

Tony, a local delivery driver for  The TakeOut Bham is on the way to collect my order.

Delivery driver in car wearing The TakeOut Bham t-shirt
Look at that concentration. Tony is determined to get your food!  (Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now)

The chefs do their business and the order is checked and collected by Tony who carefully places it in an insulated food carrier.

Delivery driver picking up food order from Urban Cookhouse wearing The TakeOut Bham t-shirt
Tony from The TakeOut Bham checks to make sure the order is complete (Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now)
Delivery driving placing food into car for delivery wearing The TakeOut Bham t-shirt
Tony getting ready for the ride (Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now)

Tony battles through downtown traffic and calls me to let me know that he’s in my building. I run down to collect my lunch!

Montage showing a delivery driver wearing The TakeOut Bham t-shirt arriving at building and getting food delivery out of delivery bag and handing to customer
Tony of The TakeOut Bham offers quick, dependable service (Photos by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now)

Success! I’m eating my lunch in less than 45 minutes, thanks to The TakeOut Bham

Man eating take out food at desk in front of laptop
Enjoying my lunch delivered by The TakeOut Bham (Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now)

More about The TakeOut Bham

There’s lots of different online ordering services available now, but The TakeOut Bham is Birmingham’s original and local online food delivery service.

The TakeOut is all about local eats, delivering from over 75 independent restaurants based downtown, Southside, and over the mountain.

The website and apps (available on the Apple Store or Google Play) are simple and easy to use.

Follow The TakeOut Bham on Instagram and Facebook to discover your next favorite eats and get all the deets!

A desktop computer and smartphone with The TakeOut Bham on screens

Ben Williams, founder of The TakeOut Bham sums up what it means to him to provide a local service,

“I’ve lived here for 20 years and love it! I went to college at Birmingham Southern and wanted Birmingham to be home for my business. It’s exciting to see the positive changes the city has gone through and its continued growth. I’d like to think we’ve played a small part in that. When people choose to use us, not only will they get a great service, they’ll be supporting a local business, local employees, and local independent restaurants. They will be supporting Birmingham!”

Give The TakeOut Bham a try – One of Birmingham’s best kept secrets ($3 off delivery with code: LOCALISBETTER)

Code valid until July 31, 2019

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Jon Eastwood

Originally from Wales (UK) and a fluent Welsh speaker. Longtime sustainability and recycling champion. Former county recycling manager in the UK. Career highlights include introducing innovative recycling systems and achieving a point where households throw out trash just once a month. Competed in international coastal rowing championships and followed Wales throughout Europe in their Rugby and Soccer endeavours.

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