Most popular delivery order in every state during COVID-19

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May 27, 2020
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Most popular delivery order in every state during COVID-19

Food delivery has offered a much-needed lifeline to people abiding by social distancing guidelines in the last several months. It’s also offered a means of restaurants staying in business amid the uncertainty of closures and what that meant for a company’s ability to reopen.

As nonessential businesses were shuttered in March and people stayed home, 97% of restaurants were hit by requirements to end dine-in meal sales. The NPD Group found restaurant traffic dropped a full 22% in March 2020 over the same month in 2019—but online restaurant orders shot up by 63% and delivery by 67%. Full-service restaurants suffered 35% drops in traffic in the same month over March 2019; those that provided take-out and delivery options grew off-premise traffic 31%. But while take out and delivery won’t be enough to save many restaurants, for others, delivery options—even when fraught with high fees through third-party apps—have made all the difference.

Yelp data scientist Samuel Hansen compiled the most popular delivery orders unique to every state during COVID-19. He mined the text of Yelp orders sent starting on March 16 (the day shelter-in-place orders were first enacted in the U.S.), then cleaned the text using a language-processing technique to determine the popularity of different food orders relative to their popularity in other states. Hansen’s findings were published in a Yelp press release on May 21.

Some states shared favorites: Cheese pizza and gyros each ranked #1 in four states; tacos, bubble tea, sushi, and pad thai in three states, and General Tso’s chicken in two states. Keep reading to see what the #1 delivery order is in your home state.

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Alabama

- Most popular delivery order: Nachos

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Alaska

- Most popular delivery order: Gumbo

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Arizona

- Most popular delivery order: Tacos

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Arkansas

- Most popular delivery order: Spring rolls

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California

- Most popular delivery order: Bubble tea

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Colorado

- Most popular delivery order: Crab Rangoon

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Connecticut

- Most popular delivery order: Cheese pizza

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Washington D.C.

- Most popular delivery order: Biscuits

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Delaware

- Most popular delivery order: Pho

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Florida

- Most popular delivery order: Garlic rolls

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Georgia

- Most popular delivery order: Wings

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Hawaii

- Most popular delivery order: Bubble tea

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Idaho

- Most popular delivery order: Cheese pizza

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Illinois

- Most popular delivery order: Thin crust pizza

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Indiana

- Most popular delivery order: Poke bowls

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Iowa

- Most popular delivery order: Burgers

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Kansas

- Most popular delivery order: Gyros

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Kentucky

- Most popular delivery order: Gyros

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Louisiana

- Most popular delivery order: Sushi

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Maine

- Most popular delivery order: Pad Thai

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Maryland

- Most popular delivery order: Gyros

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Massachusetts

- Most popular delivery order: General Tso’s chicken

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Michigan

- Most popular delivery order: Bubble tea

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Minnesota

- Most popular delivery order: Donuts

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Mississippi

- Most popular delivery order: Catfish

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Missouri

- Most popular delivery order: Belgian fries

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Montana

- Most popular delivery order: Egg rolls

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Nebraska

- Most popular delivery order: Sushi

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Nevada

- Most popular delivery order: Spam musubi

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New Hampshire

- Most popular delivery order: Crab Rangoon

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New Jersey

- Most popular delivery order: Cheese pizza

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New Mexico

- Most popular delivery order: Green chile cheeseburgers

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New York

- Most popular delivery order: Cheese pizza

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North Carolina

- Most popular delivery order: Tacos

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North Dakota

- Most popular delivery order: Gyros

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Ohio

- Most popular delivery order: Deep dish pizza

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Oklahoma

- Most popular delivery order: Croissants

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Oregon

- Most popular delivery order: Loaded burgers

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Pennsylvania

- Most popular delivery order: Italian hoagies

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Rhode Island

- Most popular delivery order: General Tso’s chicken

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South Carolina

- Most popular delivery order: Sushi

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South Dakota

- Most popular delivery order: Dumplings

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Tennessee

- Most popular delivery order: Chicken tenders

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Texas

- Most popular delivery order: Crawfish

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Utah

- Most popular delivery order: Hot wings

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Vermont

- Most popular delivery order: Burritos

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Virginia

- Most popular delivery order: Tacos

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Washington

- Most popular delivery order: Pad Thai

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West Virginia

- Most popular delivery order: Bao buns

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Wisconsin

- Most popular delivery order: Pad Thai

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Wyoming

- Most popular delivery order: Naan

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