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Up the Hill Grill 

We recently ordered from My Orange Crate again and I have to say this service is a godsend! My time is of great value and to not have to drive into town for carry-out and deal with all the rigmarole, etc., is worth the modest delivery fee. When I ordered on a Friday night, the system quoted an estimate of 60 minutes. I had my food in 40 minutes!  We ordered from one of our favorite places, Up the Hill Grill. Gail got her usual “Mountain Man Burger” with onion rings (pictured below). I chose the “Chef Salad”.

According to their menu, the Chef Salad is made with turkey, ham, bacon, smoked cheddar, swiss, and a hard boiled egg on crisp greens with cucumber, cherry tomatoes, radishes & croutons (your choice of dressing).

First observation, there were no boiled eggs or croutons! Lettuce was one of these fancy, eclectic mixes that I liken to tissue paper. It was decent, but I think I would have preferred just good old iceberg and romaine! The “smoked cheddar & swiss” was more like an institutional pre-shredded Kraft Mexican cheese blend. Lastly, my dressing choice was not the best. I chose blue cheese, which did not hold up well in transit. While it was packaged in a separate, sealed container, it seemed to almost separate and become rather unappealing. I’d recommend an oil/vinegar type dressing if you choose to have this delivered. Part of the problem might have been that UTHG packaged the cold and hot food together in the same bag.


Orange Crate 

Two reviews in one today! I know – lucky you, right? First time trying MyOrangeCrate and I have to say I’m hooked! Ordering from the website was easy yet thorough. It’s simple and straightforward to make the most minute customizations. Considering all of the restaurants and stores they work with for delivery, you can tell a lot of thought and consideration has gone into this service. There is also a smartphone app which I have and it works well.This is my favorite part: After placing your order you are kept updated in realtime as to the status of your order via text message, email, or however you choose to configure your account. You know when your order is confirmed; being placed; driver arriving at restaurant; and driver enroute to you! This is perfect if you need to warn your family “we’re eating in 10 minutes!”

Late Saturday afternoon I placed an order with Lemongrass Thai Food. Before ordering, the OrangeCrate system estimated deliveries from Lemongrass to my location would be about 60 minutes. Once my order was placed the driver was at my door in exactly 35 minutes! 

Now on to Lemongrass and the food! I ordered a Thai Spicy Fried Rice with beef. It was a generous portion, neatly packaged in a black tupperware-like (disposable) container with tight fitting lid. I’ve had a few entrees at Lemongrass since they’ve opened and this was probably the best. Made with stir fried steamed jasmine rice, egg, chili, bell pepper, onions, and basil leaves. Hard to see in the picture, but there is a good amount of tender sliced beef throughout. I’m pleased to say all the beef was edible with no unfortunate oral extractions. An overall hearty dish, flavorful, spicy, etc., that held up well over the 15 minute drive to deliver. 

Gail, not a fan of Asian food, had the Chicken Sa-Tay appetizer. She seemed to like it and ate it all. Comes foil wrapped in a styrofoam box. Includes a tasty peanut sauce and cucumber salad. Gail might have more on this in the comments.

Junior had the Calamari Strip (rings?) appetizer. This one I was concerned about how well it would hold up. Typically a breaded fried food is best eaten quickly without sitting around. It wound up not disappointing! And Junior liked it which is the main thing. It retained enough crispiness without getting all flabby. I will say they seemed like institutional frozen rings to me. I’m just glad it didn’t have all those hideous spidery legs. Junior might have more on this when he’s old enough to have his own FB account.

I have to say, all the food was delivered hot and fresh tasting. Nothing left me with the regrettable feeling that I should have bypassed OrangeCrate and eaten it there in the restaurant.



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