Uber serving up $5 lunches

The porchetta sandwich at Artisan Meat Share, one of the partners in Uber's upcoming experiment. Wade Spees/Staff Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Uber is next week gauging interest in its popular UberEats service by offering limited on-demand lunch delivery.

From Monday through Friday, Uber app users can order up a predetermined meal from the day’s designated restaurant for $5; the price includes food, delivery and tip. “We anticipate high demand, so the food will only be available while supplies last,” Uber spokeswoman Evangeline George warns.

Participating restaurants include The Glass Onion, Artisan Meat Share and CO.

Uber is rapidly becoming a more significant force in the food delivery game, although it currently claims a very slim market share. According to Business Insider, which recently tested and ranked digital delivery apps, UberEats orders account for less than 1 percent of digital food delivery transactions. By contrast, Domino’s, Pizza Hut and GrubHub dominate roughly two-thirds of the sector, with GrubHub claiming a 19 percent market share.

UberEats now operates in 22 cities, including Atlanta, Houston and Washington D.C. None of the cities it currently serves is as small as Charleston, but UberEats confines its availability to certain neighborhoods. In Charleston, the UberTaste deal is available exclusively on the peninsula.

Of the seven services that Business Insider tested, UberEats scored second best. The majority of the apps reviewed by the San Francisco-based company aren’t available in Charleston, where QuickFoxes is perhaps the best-known digital delivery option.

The menu for the promotion starting on Aug. 1 is pad thai from CO on Monday; The Glass Onion’s gumbo with greens on Tuesday; two tamales from Crooked Crown on Wednesday; an Italian sandwich, plus potato salad, from Artisan Meat Share on Thursday and Ted’s alligator-and-pork sausage sandwich, accompanied by a quinoa salad and succotash, on Friday. Delivery begins at 11 a.m.