06/09/2014 06:38 am ET | Updated Jun 09, 2014

These Are All The Foods You Can Get Delivered By Drones


Food delivery is one of the great joys of modern society. You can order whatever kind of food you want and have it delivered to your doorstep to enjoy in the comfort of your own home, without ever having to lift a finger -- after the finger you lifted to select your Seamless order. Delivery has become so commonplace, especially if you live somewhere like New York City, that it's not even that exciting anymore. Don't get us wrong: delivery's awesome and all, but it's also somewhat lackluster. (Dare we say it's sometimes even depressing?) We've become so accustomed to food delivery that we take it for granted. We're lazy, and it's boring.

The recent wave of drone food delivery has brought some color into the otherwise mundane world of food delivery. What started with tacos and burritos a few years ago has escalated to Champagne and bottle service in 2014.

If you think there's something eerie and ominous about food delivery by drone, you're not alone. We don't want food delivery drones dominating our future any more than we want Soylent. They're a fun novelty, but that's about as far as it goes. If they can be put to good use, like delivering food to people in need, then amen, we're all for food delivery by drone. If they're serving overpriced bottles of booze to rich kids at a club, we're not interested.

While the use of commercial drones is a complicated and as of yet unsettled issue, earlier this year the National Transportation Safety Board dismissed a fine given by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to a man using a drone to shoot a promotional video. The ruling made drone use for commercial purposes legal, at least for now. Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that the FAA is considering approving drone use for seven film and television companies. While the FAA hasn't decided anything yet, this review opens up the possibility of extended permissions for drone use.

What all of this means right now in the universe of food delivery is that you can legally receive beer from a drone, in addition to whatever else the predictable onslaught of entrepreneurs will cook up. Whether or not food delivery by drone catches on quickly enough before it gets shot down again remains to be seen. For now, here are eight things you can theoretically catch from the sky, at least according to videos on the Internet.

  • 1 Pizza
    An Italian restaurant in Mumbai called Francesco's Pizzeria delivered a pizza by drone to the delight of the entire city and maybe the world. Domino's has also tested its own pizza delivery drone. It's called the "Domicopter."
  • 2 Tacos
    In 2011, Dustin Boyer and Scott Torborg created the Tacocopter -- the drone that everybody thought was too good to be true because it DELIVERS TACOS IN THE SKY. It's real. And you can order with your smartphone. Deal with it.
  • 3 Champagne
    The Casa Madrona hotel, in Sausalito, CA, delivers Champagne by drone. It sounds a lot more luxurious than the video makes it look.
  • 4 Coke
    Coca Cola obviously needed to get in on the drone delivery game -- in the name of public service, of course... Coca Cola delivered cans of Coke to migrant construction workers in Singapore. The drones also contained messages from the workers' families. It's a touching video and calls attention to an important issue, if you can get past the product placement and exploitation of the workers for marketing purposes.
  • 5 Sushi
    Of course. First it was sushi by conveyer belt, and now it's by drone. London-based chain YO! Sushi started testing out a drone delivery for sushi and something called "sushi burgers" in 2011. The "sushi burger" was enough to quash our interest.
  • 6 Beer
    When Minnesota-based brewery Lakemaid launched its beer drone to serve ice fisherman in need of a cold one, the country turned its eyes toward Minnesota for the first time, ever. Sadly, the FAA grounded the drone, disappointing beer-drinkers and ice fisherman everywhere.
  • 7 Burritos
    It was called the Burrito Bomber, and it made 2012 a year worth living -- if ariel Mexican food delivery is your thing.
  • 8 Bottle Service
    As if bottle service wasn't frivolous enough, a Las Vegas club called The Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan Hotel now delivers your overpriced bottles of booze from the sky. The cost? It's rumored to be a trifling $20,000.

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