Just like people all over the country, the good folks of the ATL are tired of making their own food. We may love our slow-paced Southern vibe, but if we’re “too busy to hate” we’re also too busy to meal plan, shop, prep, cook, and clean!
However, a quick Google search of “food and meal delivery services in Atlanta” feels a little bit like looking for Peachtree Street on a city map. Which service suits your diets? Which delivers to your area? Which is the best value for money?
Here’s where we come in: our experts have put together a comprehensive list of the 10 best meal delivery services in Atlanta, taking into account everything from cost and quality to delivery and deliciousness.
This important distinction is the first step in narrowing down your options.
On the most basic level, food delivery is ordering in from FLIP when you’re feeling hungry late on Saturday night, and meal delivery is asking your mother-in-law to pick up groceries and come on over to cook together (except she doesn’t come with). Both services bring food to your doorstep, but they work differently.
Meal delivery services include both meal kits and prepared meals. Companies that deliver meal kits, such as Home Chef, provide all the ingredients and instructions you need to cook at home.
Those that provide prepared meals, such as Freshly, bring either frozen or fresh prepared meals ready to heat and serve. Users subscribe to a delivery plan and receive regular shipments – usually once a week.
On the other hand, food delivery services work with local restaurants and supermarkets to bring you meals or groceries. Companies like Grubhub partner exclusively with restaurants, while others, like Postmates, also bring you deliveries from grocery stores and other retailers. Users make orders through the food delivery company whenever they want instead of signing up through a subscription model.
While both options are incredibly convenient, meal delivery services are a long-term setup that help you integrate healthy, balanced meals into your lifestyle, without the hassle.
Personalize your plate – swap and upgrade ingredients as you wish
Mega protein – double up protein for any meal and buy extra to keep on hand
Available at Kroger – buy prepared meals from one of Atlanta’s many locations
Home Chef is by far the most customizable service on the market – from the menu to prep time – and as someone living in a super-chic city with endless Southern charm, you know how important it is to make something your own!
For every dish, you can substitute ingredients or double up on extra protein. So if you prefer steak to seafood, it’s easy to swap one for the other. Learn more about how this works in our in-depth Home Chef review.
You can order two, four, or six servings, making Home Chef appealing to larger families. If you want to pick up extra ready-made meals, Home Chef sells them both fresh and frozen at many Kroger grocery stores across Atlanta.
Home Chef offers a variety of prep times for its meals, from the turbo 15-Minute Meal Kits to the gourmet Culinary Collection dishes that take around an hour to make. You can also order Grill/Oven-Ready Meals that require very little of your time and energy.
Delicious twists on tradition – well-loved meals with international flavors
Health-focussed – wellness and diabetes-friendly options
Free delivery – when ordering more than three meals per week
Blue Apron’s chef-inspired meal kits are ideal for those looking for a culinary adventure that incorporates elements from international cuisines, such as Mango-Curry Tilapia and
Chimichurri Shrimp. These gourmet meals come with very clear instructions and take an average of 30 minutes to get on the table.
Blue Apron is on the more affordable end of the meal kit spectrum, especially because shipping is free if you’re ordering at least three meals a week. Learn more about Blue Apron’s plans in our full-length review.
Blue Apron offers regular and vegetarian plans for either two or four people, with a wellness track affiliated with WW (Weight Watchers) and lots of diabetes-friendly options.
Kind to the planet – with sustainably sourced ingredients and eco-friendly packaging
Prep as much as you want – options for both meal kits and prepared meals
100% organic produce – plus options for hormone and antibiotic-free meat
Sunbasket operates with a great sense of responsibility to the environment – something that those who live in the City of Trees will certainly appreciate. Sunbasket uses organic, responsibly sourced ingredients, including in-season produce straight from the farm, wild-caught seafood, and hormone and antibiotic-free meat. Plus, the packaging is made from completely recyclable and compostable materials.
And for the Atlantans who appreciate that there’s more to the culinary world than fried chicken, BBQ, and sweet tea, you’ll love Sunbasket’s adventurous menu, full of international flavors, as culturally diverse as Castleberry Hill.
Dig into all the details in our full-length Sunbasket review.
Prep time from Sunbasket varies. You’ll find 20-minute dishes, one-pot meals, and Fresh and Ready meals you just need to heat and serve.
Quick and convenient – prepared meals ready to heat and eat
Allergen friendly – entirely gluten- and peanut-free menu
Great for singles – up to 12 individually packaged meals per week
While Home Chef and Sunbasket focus more on meal kits, Freshly exclusively offers prepared meals, ready to heat and eat! If your day-to-day life is as busy as Hartsfield-Jackson, this is the best way to get back some time and energy. All meals are delivered fresh (as opposed to frozen) in microwave-safe containers so you can just zap and serve.
Freshly gives your favorite dishes a healthy upgrade by swapping out empty carbs with nutrient-rich alternatives. There are even Crafted Classics and Takeout Twists menus for those of us who can’t get enough South City Kitchen or Majestic Diner.
If you’re trying to optimize your athletic performance with extra proteins and fewer carbs, check out the FreshlyFit plan.
For more info, take a look at our comprehensive Freshly review.
Perfect for those who dine alone, Freshly offers four, six, 10, or 12 single-serving meals each week, with the price reducing as you add more meals.
All organic ingredients – USDA certified
Environmentally responsible – 100% carbon and plastic offset plus recyclable packaging
Healthy meals for many lifestyles – keto, paleo, vegetarian, and vegan
Green Chef offers three meal plans – Plant-Powered (Vegan and Vegetarian), Keto + Paleo, and Balanced Living, each of which is full of delicious, adventurous dishes featuring flavors from around the world.
You can order two, four, or six servings three or four times a week, with most meals taking about half an hour to get on the table – that’s less than the 32 minutes it took for the Mobile Sea Gulls to beat the Atlanta Crackers in the fastest game in baseball history at Ponce de Leon Park in 1910! Get more details about Green Chef’s healthy plans in our expert review.
With high-quality, sustainably sourced ingredients and packaging made from innovative materials, Green Chef has an eye on your health as well as that of the planet. With meal kits costing upwards of $9.99 per plate, Green Chef is on the pricier end of the meal kits spectrum, but if these are your values or dietary needs, it may be worth the extra money.
Family-friendly menu – special menu with quick-prep and kid-friendly meals for four
Lots of choices – 25 chef-designed meals each week
Fun celebrity collaborations – including a partnership with Mindy Kaling
Sweet and homey as the Big Peach, HelloFresh is well-loved by American families thanks to all the fun it offers at budget-friendly prices. HelloFresh has around 25 meal kits on the weekly menu, all tried-and-tested for taste and ease a million times over.
Get the full scoop on each plan in our expert HelloFresh review.
All meals are curated by chefs and approved by award-winning actress and producer, Mindy Kaling – something that’s sure to excite the celebrity-lovers in the Hollywood of the South! Check out the Meals with Mindy cooking show on the HelloFresh website for extra foodie fun.
100% vegan and delicious – harness the power of plants
More than meal kits – breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks
International cuisine – Indian for dinner, Mediterranean for lunch, and an Oaxacan-inspired dessert
If you’re new to the vegan lifestyle or just want to put plant-based eating on autopilot, Purple Carrot could be just what you need to free up some precious time and headspace.
Check out all your options in our detailed Purple Carrot review.
Purple Carrot has a relatively small menu, but on top of colorful and healthy dinners that take 30-40 minutes to get on the table, you can also get speedy breakfasts and lunches that demand as little as five minutes of your time – plus snacks, for those with a sweet tooth.
Choose from two servings 3-4 times a week or four servings 2-3 times a week. Although meals start at $9.99 each, there’s no extra charge for delivery.
Most affordable kit in A-Town – meal kits from just $4.99
Protein Packs – buy extra meat and chicken to keep on hand
Keep it simple – tasty food you know and love
For Atlantans who are used to getting a good bang for their buck, EveryPlate is the most affordable meal kit on the market. The meal kit delivery service keeps you fed for less by using simple ingredients, offering fewer meals, and limiting the amount of packaging. Learn more about Every Plate’s budget-friendly meal kits in our expert review.
Despite the low price, EveryPlate offers good-sized servings of satisfying comfort food you know and love, plus a few international surprises each week. While there are a few vegetarian meals on the menu, EveryPlate doesn’t cater to unique diets or promise to use the healthiest or highest quality ingredients – this is tasty, simple food for everyday eating.
Endless options – featuring hundreds of restaurants across Atlanta
Ultimate convenience – one-time orders when you want them
Easy ordering – using an intuitive mobile app
Deals, deals, deals – save money with coupons and rewards
Different from the meal delivery services on this list so far, Grubhub is a food delivery service, which means it serves as a middleman between you and your favorite Atlanta eateries – everything from Mama’s Americana’s southern comfort food to your favorite waffle house.
Instead of signing up for a weekly meal plan, you just order when you're hungry using a simple app, which may mean that you’re gobbling down barbecue at 10:30 pm. You can easily filter through your millions of options by selecting the type of food you like, where you live, or even the specific dish you’re craving – and, yes, fried chicken is on that list.
If you want to save a few bucks, you can narrow down your search to restaurants accepting coupons. If you’re on your way out, you can select the pick-up instead of delivery option. There’s a filter for everything!
While Grubhub is a great service to use once in a while, it can add up. If you’re looking for a healthy lifestyle with balanced meals planned out in advance, then stick with meal delivery services.
Endless variety – order from local restaurants, coffee shops, and fast-food chains
Everything you need – groceries, restaurant meals, pharmacy, household items, alcohol, and more
Save money – special offers and giveaways on the Unlimited plan
Similar to Grubhub, Postmates simplifies the process of ordering online. But while Grubhub only works with restaurants, Postmates also delivers products sold at your local Walgreens and Everyday Essentials, including groceries, snacks, toiletries, alcohol, household products, electronics, medicine, and more. No need to carry all your stuff on MARTA anymore!
Despite the endless options, you can filter through the app pretty easily based on cuisine, product names, location, and more.
The Uber-owned app is free, but you’ll be charged between $0.99 and $3.99 for delivery from partnered restaurants and $5.99-$9.99 for all other retailers. Watch out for added “Blitz Pricing” delivery fees at extra busy times.
If you become a regular user, consider signing up for its Unlimited plan for $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. This plan unlocks free delivery on orders of more than $12 and extra giveaways and deals.
If you just want to know that you’ll be eating fresh and healthy food all week long, Postmates is probably not your best option. You may find yourself ordering from the 24-hour Krispy Kreme at weird hours of the night. However, if you love the convenience of ordering online and want to limit the number of services you use, it’s worth a try.
Meal Delivery Service
Dietary Preferences Offered
$6.99 per serving
Meal kits and prepared meals
$7.49 per serving
$7.99, or free on orders of three meals or more per week
$8.99 per serving
Meal kits and prepared meals
$8.49 per serving
soy-free, dairy-free, low-calorie, low-carb
$10.49 per serving
$7.49 per serving
$9.99 per serving
Meal kits and prepared meals
$4.99 per serving
$9.90 per serving
$9.99 or free on all subscriptions
For my fellow Atlantans that would rather be biking the Silver Comet Trail or enjoying a Dawgs game than spending their time meal planning, shopping, cooking, and cleaning, meal delivery services are a dream come true.
You can eat healthy food in the comfort of your own home, without spending all your energy figuring out how to make it happen. While Atlanta has tons of delicious restaurants, meal delivery services are a more budget-friendly way to make sure you’re eating healthy food regularly.
Whether you’re interested in a meal kit that you can put together in your kitchen or prefer a prepared meal that you just need to toss in the microwave, there are tons of meal delivery services for every diet, lifestyle, and budget.
For more options, take a peek at the best meal delivery services for 2021.
If you’re short on time and want the convenience of prepared meals, Freshly is a dream come true, delivering four, six, 10, or 12 fresh meals to your door each week in microwave-safe containers.
If you want the option for both meal kits and prepared meals, Sunbasket’s organic meals are definitely worth checking out.
Find out who else made it onto our list of this year’s top prepared meal delivery services.
With so much room for customization, Home Chef is an excellent meal delivery service for weight loss. You can swap out the suggested proteins for something leaner, double up on proteins, and easily filter out your menu choices so you only see low-calorie and low-carb meals.
Blue Apron has a special Wellness track, in conjunction with WW (formerly Weight Watchers), with recipes that factor in calories, sugar, saturated fats, and protein to help you choose the most nutritious meals.
Several meal delivery services offer dedicated low-carb plans or allow you to easily filter out the meals that suit your diet. For example, Sunbasket has a Lean & Clean plan full of delicious, high-protein meals that are all 600 calories or less, and HelloFreshhas a Calorie Smart plan with dinners of about 650 calories per serving.
Freshly’s new athlete-friendly meal plan, FreshlyFit, is a health-focused meal delivery service promising balanced dishes with healthy carbs and lots of proteins.
For more on this topic, see our comprehensive list of the best meal delivery services for weight loss.
EveryPlate is by far the most affordable meal delivery service on the market today, with meal kits starting at just $4.99 per serving. If your budget is the number one factor, look no further than these simple-yet-satisfying meals.
There’s definitely a good reason why EveryPlate ranked #1 on our list of today’s cheapest meal delivery services in the country.
However, if you have unique dietary needs or want a larger menu to choose from, Home Chef is also a very popular budget-friendly option, with meals starting at $6.99. While Home Chef is best known for its customization options, depending on what you add or swap, this could drive your price per plate up significantly.
When ordering from a food delivery service like Grubhub, it’s the diner’s responsibility to choose healthy meals. With infinite choice, including everything from fast-food chains to all-organic juice bars, you have access to all your favorite eateries all the time.
Postmates partners with grocery stores as well as restaurants, giving you the option to order fresh produce and healthy ingredients to cook up your own meals at home. However, it also gives you easy access to impulse buy unlimited junk food.
If health is a driving factor for you, meal delivery services are definitely a better fit. By signing up in advance for meals that suit your dietary needs, you can be sure you’re eating high-quality healthy food at least a few times a week. See our list of the healthiest meal delivery services on the market for more information.
Sunbasket is known for being one of the healthiest services; the company offers dietitian-approved meal plans for many different diets and uses clean ingredients, including organic produce and hormone and antibiotic-free meat.