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Toronto-Centric App Review: Order a Meal With Ritual

I love apps that help me shop through brick-and-mortar stores, like how I can order a coffee and a treat at Starbucks, Tim Hortons or Second Cup simply through their funds-loaded apps on my smartphone.  We are literally getting to a point in life where you don’t need a physical wallet anymore. In theory, you could go about your day and shop wherever you need to, and only utilize your smartphone for payment options. Cool right?  Ritual is a food app that does such a task in Toronto, particularly within the downtown from King West to the Discovery District, and has become a great addition to the sans-wallet revolution.

 

What I love about Ritual

  • A great selection of restaurants to choose from, including: freshii, The One That Got Away, Buna’s Kitchen, Magic Oven, Ichiban Sushi, and many more.  Over 100 restaurants and cafes to enjoy from, check out the full-list on Ritual.co.Great selection of restaurants on Ritual
  • Curated Collections– while there isn’t an organized list of restaurants, based on food categories, there are a few curated lists to give you inspiration of what to try, including: “It’s a Wrap!”, “That Friday Feeling” and “Delicious + Nutritious” to name a few. You find these collections by clicking on any restaurant, and scrolling down to the bottom where it says “Collections”.Curated Collections on Ritual
  • Easy ordering, with a great list of options to select from for your order. It looks like you can order from each restaurants’ full menu, instead of truncated choices.
  • Special discounts and perks – Ritual has a rewards program of sorts, once in a while they’ll gift you things like 20% off your next coffee and lunch, or Secret Menu items that aren’t available to the general public without the app.
  • Receipts – it’s a fabulous way to keep track of how much you’ve spent on dining, and where.Ritual Receipt List

What I Would Love To See In Future Updates

While the app has an incredible start, there are a few things that would make this app shine that are missing right now.

  • Paypal is not yet a payment option – I don’t know if I’m just biased here, but apps that don’t have Paypal as an option are a bit less useful to me. I just don’t like adding a credit card to an account regardless of how safe it may be. Just a hang up of mine, perhaps, but considering 1 in 4 Torontonians currently have a Paypal account right now, I might not be the only one with that same thought.
  • Preference Organization – When Jay and I go out for a meal downtown, our first question to each other is, “What do you feel like eating?” Italian? Sushi? a Burger?  Currently all the restaurants are listed by three options: popularity, alphabetically, and distance, all without much of an idea of what kind of food they serve. While that doesn’t matter much if the restaurant is “Nora Shawarma”, where you know you’ll find a kabob or two, it gets a bit more difficult if the restaurant is called “The Loving Hut” where you’d unexpectedly find Pad Thai and quite a bit of avocado and tofu.Ritual Alphabetical List of Restaurants
  • Fix for the “Didn’t find what you’re looking for? Search here.” shown at the bottom of the screen – doesn’t work actually… good thing there’s a search icon at the top of each page anyway.

 

Get $10 to try Ritual!  Use my promo code AERYN8153 and you’ll get $5 just for signing up, and another $5 after your first order.

Download the app now for Android or iOS, and be sure to follow Ritual on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates and special surprises!

Living in Superman’s Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, squees over comic art, hunts down the nerdiest places to visit and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction. Read More…

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10 Comments on “Toronto-Centric App Review: Order a Meal With Ritual

Christine
October 6, 2015 at 2:57 pm

OMG!!!! I’m all for sans wallet!! What a fabulous app! Honestly, I had no idea we had reached this point in technology… I LOVE IT!!!

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Aeryn Lynne
October 6, 2015 at 3:44 pm

Excitingly, this is just the beginning Christine! I’ll have a post up soon on a number of apps that can help you leave your wallet at home. 😀

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Kyla @ Mommy's Weird
October 6, 2015 at 7:27 pm

That currated section is pretty damn smart. I have never tried a food app before. But, totally willing to try.

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Aeryn Lynne
October 6, 2015 at 9:55 pm

You’ll never want to line up to order a meal ever again, lol! 🙂

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Merry120
October 6, 2015 at 7:32 pm

So cool! I hope they expand to Calgary. I totally agree with you that I neeeeed apps to use PayPal as an option!

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Stephanie
October 6, 2015 at 9:59 pm

What a great app! I’m saving to use the next time I’m in Toronto. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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Gingermommy
October 7, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Oh I need this in my life! I agree with you on needing paypal, I use it for everything online. That would be a great addition

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FashionMan
November 5, 2015 at 3:33 pm

An even better promo code to use would be ******

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Aeryn Lynne
November 5, 2015 at 3:58 pm

Thanks FashionMan for trying out Ritual; I hope you enjoyed how easy it was to order a meal simply through their app. 🙂 For promo code sharing, I invite you to create your own review post elsewhere, where you can share your code as you please.

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