By our recent, unscientific study, a college freshman spends about 30 percent of their time eating, snacking, or thinking about where their next meal will come from. Let's face it, delivery is the most convenient mode of sustenance and allows you to cut down on that thinking-about-food time so you can focus on more pressing matters, like making up witty stories for FMyLife.com. Unfortunately, figuring out who to dial can be more difficult than it seems, so we've compiled a guide on where to place that call, whether you're nursing a hangover, splitting a dinner tab with friends, or satisfying a midnight craving.
Aromas: Delivery on the peninsula, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thai, Japanese, and Chinese standbys. 50 N. Market St. (843) 723-9588.
Brent's on Broad: Delivery from East Bay to King, Battery to Market. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Solid sandwich selection. 40 Broad St. (843) 853-8081.
Bubba Slye's: Delivery below Crosstown, Mon.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Hot and cold subs, soups and salads, plus vegetarian and low-fat sections of the menu. 429 King St. (843) 853-0660
Caviar and Bananas: Complimentary delivery below the Crosstown and $5 above it. Mon.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Sun.: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Daily specials and an eclectic array of local products. 51 George St. (843) 577-7757.
Dixie Supply Bakery and Café: Delivery south of the Crosstown, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Great homemade breakfast — served all day. Rotating specials and Southern favorites at lunchtime. Tasty desserts for either. 62 State St. (843) 722-5650.
D'Allesandro's Pizza: Delivery on the peninsula Sun.-Thurs.: 11 a.m.-midnight. Fri.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Subs, wings, paninis, and, of course, plenty of pies. Large and creative menu. 229 St. Philip St. (843) 853-6337.
East Bay Deli: Delivery on the peninsula all day. Great locally inspired sandwiches, spuds, and deli-style hot dogs. 334 East Bay St. (843) 723-1234.
Gilroy's Irish Pizza Pub: Delivery on the peninsula, Sun.-Wed.: 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Thurs.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Pizza, subs, wings, salads, and calzones. 353 King St. (843) 937-9200.
Kickin' Chicken: Delivery south of Crosstown and Citadel campus. 4 p.m.-11 p.m.. Broad selection of wings, sandwiches, and wraps, as well as some burgers for the red meat lover. 337 King St. (843) 805-5020.
Mama Kim's: Delivery south of the Crosstown, 5-9 p.m. Until 10:30 p.m. on weekend. Authentic Japanese and Korean grill with traditional fare like bi-bim-bap, plus sushi. 145 Calhoun St. (843) 577-7177.
Mellow Mushroom: Delivery south of Crosstown, Sun.-Thurs.: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-11 p.m. and until midnight on Sat. and Sun. Groovy, Southern-style pizzas on several different bases. Also, hoagies, calzones, and salads. 309 King St. (843) 723-7374.
Mia Pomodori: Delivery on the peninsula, Sun.-Thurs.: Noon-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Noon-10:45 p.m. Thin-crust pizzas, calzones, stromboli, and soft, chunky Sicilian squares. (Don't forget the focaccia breadsticks). 212 Rutledge Ave. (843) 724-3560.
Norm's Pizza, Subs, & Grill: Delivery on the peninsula, Mon-Thurs.: 10 a.m.-midnight. Fri- Sat.: 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sun.: Noon-Midnight. Pizza, calzones, and some basic pastas. Plus, Norm's out of retirement and back in the restaurant. 227 Calhoun St. (843) 723-0506.
Pizzeria di Giovanni: Delivery on the peninsula, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 6 p.m.-Midnight. NY-style pizza, calzones, as well as espresso and cannoli all at a nice price. 40 N. Market St. (843) 727-6767.
Ted's Butcherblock: Delivery on the peninsula, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. High-quality sandwiches and salads with daily specials. Closed Sun. and Mon. 334 East Bay St. (843) 577-0094.
Toast: Delivery for orders more than $20, only within a few blocks of restaurant. Sun.: 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon-Thurs.: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat.; 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Has a reputation for great desserts and breakfast specials, and the entrees and sandwiches aren't bad either. 155 Meeting St. (843) 534-0043.
Zappo's Pizza: Delivery on the peninsula, Sun.-Tue.: 11:a.m.-1 a.m. Wed.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Fresh, steaming pizza delivered all over downtown. 708 King St. (843) 722-9911.
Also, don't forget Charleston Delivers, which has done a whole lot of good in the lives of hungry students. Call them at (843) 724-5000 or place your order online to get cuisine from a host of downtown restaurants that wouldn't normally be available for delivery. They'll deliver from lunch until 10 p.m. during the week and until 10:30 p.m. on the weekend. Wait times can get a little steep during peak hours, so plan ahead if you can, and don't be surprised by the $15 minimum, $5 delivery fee, and 5 percent processing fee.