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From the Isthmus archives, Oct. 23, 1987

Credit:Brent Nicastro

Contributing editor Jerry Minnich finds Deliverance in his feature on local restaurants that bring food to your door. Chicken Express, for example, "will express hot fried chicken" in combinations ranging from a two-piece box with biscuit ($1.97) to the 24-piece party-pack with potatoes and cole slaw ($25.09). Tony's Chop Suey on South Park charges $1 for delivery citywide, Minnich reports, with most dinners priced between $3.50 and $6. "I called to have two dinners brought to the Williamson Street area one recent night at 7:05, and the food arrived piping hot at 7:17." The Hungry Badger delivers orders from nine downtown restaurants, including the Brathaus, Goeden's and Cellar Subs, with a 50-cent delivery charge and $3.75 minimum order from any single restaurant. And then there is the Brittany Cafe, where delivery choices "begin with a spinach carrot terrine, or a spicy lemon shrimp cocktail, served with appropriate Chablis." And finishing with "a Linzer torte or a piece of sour cream blueberry pie, or perhaps merely a chocolate truffle and a bit of Grand Marnier served with Irish cream coffee." Of the nine entities that delivered for Minnich's cover story, only Gino's survives today - though dozens of other contemporary restaurants also provide deliverance today.

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