Want to avoid holiday traffic, but need stuff? Try these apps

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- It's crunch time and if you still have Christmas errands to run, but you don't want to get out in traffic, on-demand delivery apps are providing a solution.

Food delivery apps like UBER Eats, Grub Hub, and Door Dash can bring dinner straight to your doorstep.

"If you've been out shopping all day and, and you don't feel like getting out the pots and pans, give one of our delivery partners a call and we will bring it right over to you," said Brian Wiegman, General Manager of Max's Wine Dive.

Max's is known for its creative take on comfort food classics, including fried chicken, Salisbury steak, macaroni and cheese, and collard greens, and they see a spike in business around the holidays. This year, they've seen an additional boost from the delivery partners they work with.

"It's taken us by storm," Wiegman explains.

In addition to in-restaurant orders, Max's Wine Dive sends out 20-30 delivery orders per night.

Food isn't the only thing you can have delivered. Top Shelf App can bring alcohol right to your doorstep with just a few clicks on your smartphone. The Austin-based company partners with local liquor stores to deliver beer, wine, spirits, mixers, and even party supplies on demand.

"Same price as in store, $5 delivery fee, plus an optional tip and you can have everything delivered within an hour," Ryan Browne, the app's founder said.

Top Shelf App is one of the first in Texas approved to make such deliveries. In accordance with Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission regulations, users must agree to terms of service and present a valid ID upon purchase and receipt of the alcohol.

Like other delivery apps, Top Shelf uses your location and credit card information to make the transaction.

For just about everything else, there's the Favor app to the rescue. You can download the app, purchase items, and have a Favor runner pickup and delivery to you. The app charges a $5 fee plus five percent of the purchase price, and a suggested tip.

You can order anything from dish soap, to kitchen decorations, along with food from local restaurants.
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