As a baby, my son was not a good napper. Even as an 11-year-old now, he will do almost anything to avoid bedtime. (Last night he even Swiffered the floors!) He hated naps. Like kicked-and-screamed hated. As a desperate mom with another one on the way, I’d load my two-year-old into the car and drive around with lullabies playing on the CD player, until his eyelids got heavy and he’d finally doze off. But then I was stuck in the car with a napping toddler for an hour or so (if I was lucky!). At that point, I started to compile, in my head, a list of things I could do and places I could go without disturbing my little napper. I’d usually get a soft-serve at the McDonald’s drive thru, and sit in the parking lot paying bills. Now, nine years later, I am finally getting around to creating what every mom needs–a genuine list of local places with drive-thrus or curbside delivery.
So, off to the ever-informative Madison Area Parents Facebook page I went with my request for any place within a 15-minute drive that offered these services. I had expected a few places, but the posts kept flooding in! Confirmation that I was not the only one who found a desperate need for this type of list. Here’s what we got:
- Bank of America 117 Main St, Madison
- Chase Bank 186 Ridgedale Ave, Florham Park
Drive-up ATM and teller services.
- PNC Bank 240 Main St, Madison; 172 Ridgedale Ave, Florham Park
- Starbucks 640 Shunpike, Chatham (73) 377-5979
Drive-thru. Be careful of the high-volume loud speaker
- Dunkin’ Donuts 329 Route 10 East, East Hanover (973) 884-6215
Drive-thru, and open 24 hours!
- Nordstrom, The Mall at Short Hills, 1200 Morris Tpk, Short Hills, (973) 467-1500 shop.nordstrom.com
Buy online, and curbside pick up.
- One-Hour Modernizing, 33 Kings Road, Madison (973) 966-6926
- Tide Dry Cleaners 24 Morris Tpk, Summit (908) 219-4525
During store hours, an employee will bring your dry cleaning out to you. Otherwise, there is a 24-hour drop-off/pick-up kiosk so you can get it any time!
- ShopRite 641 Shunpike, Chatham, and other locations www.shoprite.com
ShopRite from Home: order groceries online or on the app, choose a day/time (at least 4-hours notice), and they bring your groceries out to your car.
- CVS multiple locations, including both Chatham locations: 641 Shunpike and 471 Main Street www.cvs.com
Curbside Express: order online or thru app, they will text when it is ready, you drive over, text to say you are parked in the curbside spot, and they bring it out to you.
- CVS 451 Ridgedale Ave, East Hanover (973) 463-3301; also 410 Route 10, Whippany (973) 884-4960 (store open 24 hours) www.cvs.com
Drive-thru pharmacy, in addition to Curbside Express.
- Madison Pharmacy, 66 Main St, Madison (973) 377-0075 http://www.madisonpharmacy.com/
Will bring items out to your car for you, and also does local prescription delivery.
- Walgreens, 176 Columbia Tpk, Florham Park (973) 805-7420; also 343 Springfield Ave, Berkeley Heights (908) 464-2095 www.walgreens.com
- Applebee’s 240 Route 10, East Hanover (973) 560-1930 www.applebees.com
Order online or through the app. Pick up at Carside to Go spots.
- Blue Wazabi 20 Waverly Place, Madison (973) 845-2086 www.bluewazabi.com
Reportedly will bring out to your car.
- Boston Market 332 Route 10, East Hanover www.bostonmarket.com
- Burger King 317 Main St, Madison http://www.bk.com/
- Batavia Café 356 Springfield Ave, Summit (980) 918-0100 http://www.bataviacafe.com/
Curbside pickup. Call when you arrive at the Bank St. parking lot behind Batavia, and they will bring it out to you.
- California Pizza Kitchen Short Hills Mall, 1200 Morris Tpk, Short Hills (upper level near Saks 5th Ave) (973) 379-3700 www.cpk.com
Order online and curb-side pick up.
- Green Village Deli 536 Green Village Rd, Green Village (973) 377-1709 www.greenvillagedeli.com
Curbside pick up.
- Fairmount Country Store 765 Fairmount Ave, Chatham (973) 635-6100 www.fairmountcountrystore.com
Phone your order in and they will bring it out to your car.
- McDonalds 176 Columbia Tpk, Florham Park; also locations in Berkeley Heights and East Hanover www.mcdonalds.com
- Marigold’s 426 Springfield Ave, Summit (908) 500-2035 www.marigoldssummit.com
Order meals and pull in to the back alley. See Web site to get weekly menu emails.
- Outback Steakhouse 1300 Rt 46 West, Parsippany; and all locations, including Springfield. www.outback.com
Order online. Curbside pickup.
- Panera Bread 270 Rt. 10 East, Hanover, NJ (973) 526-8000; Also Parsippany, Springfield, and Watchung locations. www.panerabread.com
Order online. Drive-thru window.