A Crash Course in the Bitfood App!

Bitfood presents a fast, easy and effortless way of ordering from restaurants, thanks to a wonderful smartphone app available on iOS and Android. Start by creating a profile, using the GPS locator to set your delivery address. Then search for restaurants nearby, filtering by customer rating, cuisine, and/or food type. Select your item, tailoring it precisely to your preferences. Specify time of delivery and payment method. Now sit back and let Bitfood process and relay your order. Antsy? Track your order status from dispatch to delivery.

It’s supremely simple, and there’s a slate of other cool features, too. Save all your favorite joints to a list for easy access. You can even repeat your previous order in just a few clicks! Browse through the latest promotions and offers from restaurants — many offer instant cashback or discounts, so keep your push notifications enabled. Consider leaving restaurant ratings and feedback to guide other Bitfood users. It’s all about the network effect!

Perhaps one of the most compelling functionalities is the “Dislike” setting, which allows you to record food items or garnishes you don’t care for. Bitfood will make sure it applies to all your future orders. Don’t you just love it when you don’t have to repeat yourself over and again?

I gave the app a trial run and was impressed with its smooth, user-friendly navigation. Once I’d specified my delivery area as “Antelias Road,” a yield of delivery options stared back at me. Each notes a minimum order, delivery charge, delivery time, cuisine category, and payment method, accompanied by the restaurant logo and customer rating.

Clicking on the venue Diwan Al Hashem, I was rerouted to a neat menu arranged by pastry, cold entrees, hot entrees, salads, grills and much more. I selected grills, and a drop-down list of dishes coupled with descriptions and prices appeared. Here, all I had to do was click on the “+” button adjacent to the dish of my desire (Grilled Chicken Platter), and it was fed to my cart.

Once I was ready to check-out, I clicked on the cart at the bottom of the screen, where I could modify my order with any other additions or requests. Thereafter, I confirmed my address: I could either single out a stored location in My Addresses or input a new location altogether. On the very last screen, I had the liberty of ordaining time of delivery and method of payment before finalizing my order. And voila!

Within mere minutes, I received a notification that my order had been accepted. As the sacred hour of delivery approached, another notification informed me that my food had been dispatched. And just as I was tucking into my meal, another notification informed me that the order had been successfully delivered.

One particular characteristic of Bitfood that distinguishes it from other food delivery apps is the featured roster of restaurants. Not only will you find the big chains like McDonald’s and Classic Burger Joint, but you will also discover smaller establishments that span the bread and butter of Lebanon’s culinary scene. I’m talking about historic joints like Faysal Snack perched on Bliss Street just past the American University of Beirut. Those familiar with Faysal know that its savory manakish zaatar are the perfect brain stimulant before a challenging day of university courses.

And how about Abou Abdallah in Dora, whose wholesome fattet hummusfoul, and balila need no introduction? If you fancy an afternoon novelty, Glace Bachir delivers ice cream through Bitfood.

So take it from this foodie and overworked soul that Bitfood will enhance your quality of work life, freeing up agonizing half-hours that would be better channeled to that financial report your boss has been badgering you about. And why not introduce her to Bitfood, too? Might win you some brownie points!

Download the Bitfood app from iTunes or Google Play.

Contributed by Danielle Issa.

About the Author


Danielle was born into a Lebanese household in Southern California. Growing up, she constantly found herself living between two realities: outwardly, she was an American girl who loved swinging on the monkey bars and reading The Baby-Sitters Club. Inwardly, she was Lebanese, speaking Arabic at home and forbidden from attending sleepover parties. With age comes awareness and self-confidence, and Danielle learned to embrace these differences. She accepted that she'd forever be suspended between two worlds, and that she'd be like a tapestry, one culture woven into the other. As she grew older and worldlier, Danielle promised herself she would one day settle in Lebanon. And here she is. Three college degrees and a few consulting gigs later, she is now in her parents’ homeland, working in strategy management, fleshing out her blog Beirutista, and contributing to Bitfood. Danielle gets her hair coiffed several times a week, like any proper Lebanese girl, and she loves the traditional mezze. But she still prefers peanut butter to Nutella. And her American accent is unmistakable.