Ordering in has hit new heights since COVID-19 sent the restaurant industry into a downward spiral. For many restaurants, food delivery became an essential part of business, allowing them to stay afloat during the pandemic. And now, even though restaurants have seen dine-in statistics back to near normal levels, ordering food to be delivered is a trend that has stayed, due in part to delivery platforms such as SkipTheDishes that make the delivery process that much easier for both restaurants and their customers.

For the year-end, SkipTheDishes Is serving some notable stats on what Canadians loved to order in 2023. “Releasing our annual ordering trends is one of our favourite times of the year! As a Canadian brand, we love digging deeper into the ordering habits of our communities across the country, and this year did not disappoint,” said Melanie Fatouros-Richardson, Vice President, Communications & Government Relations at SkipTheDishes. “In 2023, Canadians took advantage of the growing categories available on Skip, and we’re proud to serve customers coast to coast and save them time by bringing them more of what they love, right to their doorstep.”

Trendy Bites
Most Pickles Ordered by Province
Pickles were trending on social media this year, and in takeout orders. Ontarians were the pickle trend setters — gobbling up 45% of all pickles delivered this year.
British Columbia

Top 5 biggest orders in 2023
QUEBEC: The most expensive order overall was $1,259.71 in Quebec, which included 55 sandwiches, 3 pizzas and – in true Canadian style – 7 orders of poutine
Alberta: Someone in Alberta spent $921.61 on 36 plates of chicken… with 2 salads thrown in for good measure!
Ontario: An Ontario order of $789.50 included 70 tacos and 25 orders of chips with a combination of guac, salsa and horseradish cream – now that is a Mexican feast!
Manitoba: $748 was the biggest bill for someone in Manitoba. They got 10 caesar salads, 10 beef ribs, 3 pickerel and 3 pasta dishes

Most Bubble Tea Ordered by Province
Bubble Tea is another social media winner – and Albertans went all in for this one, ordering more Bubble Tea than all other provinces combined.
British Columbia

Top 10 Food Items Ordered Nationally
Canadians crowned their top food item of the year, and it’s clear that Indian food is a nationwide favourite. Not only was Naan featured three times within the top 10 food items ordered nationally, but Butter Chicken unanimously claimed the top spot – with the classic Indian dish appearing within the top 10 for every province.
Butter Chicken
Garlic Naan
Miso soup
Butter Naan
California Roll
Onion Rings
Caesar Salad
Chicken Wings
Plain Naan

Top Food Items Ordered Nationally Across Notable Occasions
New Years Eve – Butter Chicken
Super Bowl – Chicken Wings
Valentine’s Day – California Roll
Canada Day – Butter Chicken
Thanksgiving – Samosa

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