The debate over whether to use a branding mobile restaurant app or outsource online ordering exclusively to third-party apps has heated up in the last few months with Uber Eats now available at a whopping 9,000 of fast-food giant McDonald’s 14,000-plus U.S. locations and DoorDash receiving a new investment pushing the company's valuation over $12 Billon. Restaurants across the country strive for an ever-changing way to achieve lower operating costs and higher profitability. A branding mobile restaurant app offers this promise, but the rise of third-party delivery apps makes choosing the right path for online ordering more difficult. Restaurant operators need to carefully consider the differences between a branded digital ordering experience and third-party app to make the most strategic choice.