Asian food delivery platform Chowbus rolls into town today, adding San Diego to its growing list of 23 North American cities including Vancouver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Created to help diners discover Asian cuisine and restaurants that aren’t usually found on on traditional third-party delivery apps, Chowbus focuses on independent and mom-and-pop spots, conducting blind taste tests before adding new eateries and providing services that include photography and marketing.
Featuring over 30 local restaurants and cafes at launch, including Szechuan Chef, Golden City, Liuyishou Hot Pot, Shan Xi Magic Kitchen, Matcha Cafe Maiko, Kokonut Dessert Bar, Saigon 5, and Vivi Bubble Tea, Chowbus allows customers to order dishes, snacks, and from multiple eateries with no addtional fees. More restaurants will be added soon as well as Asian grocery stores.
Its current delivery range is from Poway to National City, including neighborhoods like La Jolla, La Mesa, and Santee, but the company says it will be expanding the delivery zone as more restaurants are added. Delivery fees vary from free to $4.99, depending on the distance. There’s also a Chowbus Plus options, with members getting free delivery free delivery on orders over $15 and other discounts.
Diners can also do takeout through the app and will be notified when their orders are ready for pickup.