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Is 45 minutes too long to wait for delivery food?

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2010. (SUSAN BIDDLE/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

“I go to New York, I order food, it’s at my door in 10 to 15 minutes. O.K.?” she told the New York Times on Sunday. “In Washington,” she said, “there isn’t a place I call where it doesn’t take 45 minutes.”

She goes on to explain the challenge of ordering food for the office, i.e. the United States Supreme Court Building. “They’ve got to stop at security, security has to call you, you’ve got to go downstairs. By the time you get downstairs you may add another 15 minutes to the 45 minutes. And the food is ice-cold.”

Double cooked pork at Great Wall Szechuan House Restaurant. (Leah L. Jones/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

A co-worker swears by Beau Thai (“They delivered a huge order to my apartment at the height of Hurricane Sandy, within 15 minutes of my placing it”), and we here at Going Out Guide HQ have had Great Wall delivered to the office with before-we-can-even-hit-the-ATM speed.

Are those exceptions, or are we just ordering from the wrong places? We’ll put it to you: Where do you order takeout from, and how long do you expect to wait for a knock at the door?

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Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.

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