Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Miami Restaurants Doing Takeout / Delivery During the Coronavirus Shutdown

Jeebus. Hope everyone's doing OK. Will follow up at some point on some other things, including what you and I can do to help in these crazy times. But since many have asked, here's a very quick and incomplete list of Miami restaurants that are offering takeout, delivery, prepared meals and cooking kits during the coronavirus shutdown. I'll do my best to clean up with links and stuff, and update later. If there's something that's been left out, let me know. If there's an option to order directly from the restaurant, keep in mind this will save the restaurant substantial commissions that the delivery services charge them.

Some other lists that you can check:

Curbside Miami

Miami Eats

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27 Restaurant doing takeout and delivery 12:30pm-10pm, check their Instagram for menu and call 786.476.7020 to order.

All Day (Downtown) doing takeout and delivery (including fresh produce from Urban Oasis!) through website, plus supplying groceries to out-of-work F&B industry workers through

The Alley and LT Steak and Seafood at The Betsy Hotel (South Beach) doing takeout / delivery 9am-11pm, call 305.673.0044, text 305.417.7323, or email to order.

Alma (Coconut Grove) doing takeout / delivery 12-8pm call 786.512.2155 to order, 30% discount on wines.

Alter (Wynwood) doing "AlterQ" takeout with curbside pickup / delivery 12-9pm plus beverages and provisions, menus on the website, call 305.573.5997 to order.

Arbetter Hot Dogs (Westchester) with online ordering for curbside pickup or delivery on their website.

Ariete / Navé (Coconut Grove) doing takeout call 786.615.3747 to order, menu on instagram.

Azabu (Miami Beach) doing takeout / curbside pickup call 786.376.0520 (50% off rolls 4-8pm) or delivery through the usual suspects

Babe's Meat and Counter (Palmetto Bay) taking orders by phone with pickup in front, call 786.429.1315.

Bachour (Coral Gables) and Palmar (Wynwood) doing takeout / delivery through their websites: Bachour / Palmar

Broken Shaker (Miami Beach) offering some of their greatest hits cocktails for delivery or takeout, check the Bar Lab instagram for menu and email to order.

Bar Meli (MiMo District) doing pickup / delivery food and wine 5-9pm, 20% off food, 40% off wine, call 305.754.5558 to order

Bar SpanglishGrails (Wynwood) doing takeout orders call 786.870.4313; also matching sponsorships of free meals for Miami Rescue Mission and Lotus House.

BlackBrick / Sakaya Kitchen / Society BBQ (Midtown) open for takeout (with curbside contactless pickup) 5-9pm

Blaze Pizza (West Kendall) doing takeout / delivery, waiving delivery fee for customers who order through their website, app, PostMates and DoorDash.

Blue Collar (MiMo District) starting takeout / delivery Tuesday 3/24, order through their website.

Bodega Taqueria (South Beach) doing takeout / delivery 11:30am-midnight, order through the website, 20% off with code WFH.

Boia De (Buena Vista) doing take-out  and delivery 12-8pm  with pickup through the ventanita, order through their website.

BoxElder (Wynwood) taking orders for pickup of beer, wine and popcorn at BXLDR.SQUARE.SITE

Bulla (Coral Gables, Doral) doing free delivery w UberEats or free dessert with pickup

Caja Caliente (Wynwood and Coral Gables) doing takeout / delivery, with online ordering for Coral Gables location, plus UberEats and PostMates.

Chug’s Diner (Coconut Grove) open for takeout / delivery 8am-5pm, “Cantina” with takeout $10 meal for 1, $35 for 3-4, and grocery items, check instagram for bodega menu, call 786.534.8722 to order.

Coyo Taco (Wynwood, Brickell, Coral Gables) doing takeout / delivery plus family style menu at Wynwood, Brickell and Coral Gables locations, order online

Doce Provisions (Little Havana) doing pickup - call 786.452.0161 to order - and delivery via DoorDash.

Drunken Dragon (South Beach) available for take-out delivery 1pm-10pm through all the usual suspects

Eating House (Coral Gables) doing takeout / delivery 12-9pm call 305.448.6524 or 786.942.7881 and check IG for menu, PLUS “EH Cantina” with make at home pasta kits for 4 + salad and dessert.

El Bagel (MiMo District) doing pickup only with online ordering at

El Rey de las Fritas (multiple locations) doing delivery or pickup call Calle 8 305.644.6054; Flagler 305.223.7260; Hialeah 305.863.0880; Bird Road 305.223.9944

Fireman Derek's Pie Shop (Wynwood and Coconut Grove) doing takeout / delivery, order through the website.

Fooq's (Downtown) doing takeout / delivery 11:30am-9pm; call 786.536.2749 for contactless takeout, delivery via UberEats and PostMates

Ghee (DD and Dadeland) open for pickup / delivery 4pm-8pm call 305.968.1850 (Dadeland) or 786.636.6122 (DD) or website for carryout, or UberEats / PostMates.

Glass and Vine (Coconut Grove) doing takeout check website for menu and call 305.200.5268 to order.

Graziano’s (multiple locations) doing direct delivery from its markets (call the market closest to you) or through the usual suspects, also stocking essentials like TP.

Harry's Pizzeria (Coconut Grove) reopening for takeout / delivery 12-8pm with pay-in-advance / no-touch payment and pickup options. Order online through their Toast take-out page.

Hometown BBQ (Allapattah) open for takeout only, call or visit website to order.

Icebox Cafe (Miami Beach) offering Pantry Home Delivery Service with home delivery or curbside pickup, order through website

Jaguar Sun (Downtown) doing takeout / delivery (and cocktails!) 6-10pm via Jaguar Sun Grocery website; plus feel meals for out-of-work restaurant workers 4-6pm email to reserve.

Joe’s Take-Away (South Beach) open for pickup 11:30am-9pm call 305.673.4611

Kosushi (South Beach) doing takeout orders 5-9pm call 786.647.7272 to order

La Fresa Francesa (Hialeah) doing pop-up take-out brunch Sunday 3/29 11am-4pm, email to order (details on Instagram).

La Latina (Midtown) doing takeout / delivery plus pre-cooked meals, call 305.571.9655 or order through their website or by email

Laid Fresh doing takeout / delivery 8am-3pm through UberEats PostMates and DoorDash.

Latin House Grill (Kendall) doing takeout with contactless curbside pickup and delivery, call 786.953.6331 to order.

Le Chick (Wynwood) doing takeout / delivery 12-10pm, call 786.216.7986 for takeout, delivery via UberEats and PostMates.

Little River Cooperative taking orders for pickup of French Farms fresh produce through their website.

LoKal (Coconut Grove) open for takeout / delivery 12-9pm plus craft beer and wine, order through the website.

Macchialina (South Beach) doing curbside pickup / delivery 6-10pm, check IG for menu and call 305.534.2124 to order, plus UberEats / PostMates. Also added "Macch At My House" pasta kits for 2 people to prepare at home, details on the website and IG.

Ms. Cheezious (MiMo District) taking online orders for takeout on their website or delivery through the usual suspects.

Niu Kitchen (Downtown) doing curbside pickup for takeout and delivery (including wine) 12-3pm, 5-9pm every day, order through their websitecurbside bottle shop with 30% off.

Nostimo Greek Kitchen (Wynwood) doing takeout / delivery, call 305.418.0808 for takeout, delivery through the usual suspects.

Novecento (multiple locations) doing takeout/delivery through dedicated website, wines 50% off from Key Biscayne.

Obra (Brickell) doing takeout and delivery via UberEats and PostMates, 10% discount for orders by phone 305.846.9363

Omakai (Wynwood) doing curbside pickup with 15% off for phone orders at 786.579.9995 5:30-9pm or delivery through their website.

P.Pole Pizza (Coral Gables) offering $5 pizzas to all hospital workers, first responders and police officers, order through the website and show ID at pickup.

Palomilla Grill (Flagami) doing curbside pickup and delivery call 305.261.3424

Perricone's (Brickell) doing delivery with online ordering from the website or call 305.374.9449

Phuc Yea (MiMo District) doing curbside takeout / delivery direct through their website starting at 6pm, use Corona10 for 10% discount

Pinch Kitchen (MiMo District - ish) open for take-out, curbside pick-up and delivery 11:30am-9pm

Pincho (multiple locations) free delivery via UberEats, 50% off for hospital workers and first responders

Proper Sausages (Miami Shores) open 10am-7pm with limited occupancy in the market, pickup/delivery through PostMates, plus lots of grocery items, order online through Mercato.

Riviera Focaccia (Midtown) doing takeout / delivery 12pm-7pm call 786.220.6251 to order or Uber Eats; 20% discount on takeout orders

Rusty Pelican (Key Biscayne) doing takeout with curbside pickup 12-8pm through Whiskey Joe's next door, call  305.423.6590 to order.

RWSB (Miami Beach) doing takeout / delivery, for curbside pickup call 305.938.3112, delivery via UberEats and GrubHub.

Sanguich de Miami (Little Havana) ventanita open for takeout, order via website or 305.539.0969, also delivery through PostMates and DoorDash

Sapore di Mare (Coconut Grove) doing pickup / delivery plus Italian market and wine, call 305.476.8292 to order.

Sardinia (Miami Beach) doing take-out or delivery for $5 flat fee directly, or through the usual suspects.

Semilla (South Beach) open for pickup and deliveries call 305.674.6522

Silverlake Bistro (North Beach) doing pop-up take-out brunch Saturday 3/28, order through their website.

Sixty10 (Little Haiti) doing takeout / delivery 11am-8pm

Someone's Son (Coral Gables) doing takeout / delivery 7am-4pm call 786.334.6374 to order

Sottosale (MiMo District) doing takeout through dedicated website or call 786.634.1005

Sparky’s BBQ (Downtown) doing take-out and delivery 12pm-6pm

Stanzione 87 (Brickell) open for takeout / delivery, order through the website

Surf Club (Surfside) is doing take-out of a limited menu plus Thomas Keller's fried chicken, call 305.768.9440 to order.

SuViche (multiple locations) with takeout delivery through dedicated website, 50% off some items

Taquiza Tacos (North Beach) doing takeout / delivery plus cook-at-home family style meals or ready-to-prep masa - order online at Taquiza Commissary

Threefold Cafe (Coral Gables) doing takeout / delivery / family meals through their website, plus grocery items email for requests and a quote.

Timo available for pickup and delivery

Tran An (Design District) will be reopening for takeout / delivery on Satuday (3/28), check website and Instagram for details.

Tropical Chinese (Westchester) doing takeout with curbside service call 305-262-7576 to order

Wolfe's Wines (Coral Gables) free wine delivery in Coral Gables / South Miami / Coconut Grove for >$100 orders.

Xixon (Shenandoah) doing delivery or pickup call 305-854-9350

Yardbird (South Beach) doing pickup plus ready-to-cook meals, order through the website or call 305.538.5220

Zak the Baker (Wynwood) doing pickup at delivery window or delivery, order through website.

Monday, January 6, 2020

deep thoughts: Silverlake Bistro | Normandy Isles (Miami Beach)

The restaurant review is having a midlife crisis. So says this guy, anyway. While there's a kernel of truth in his identification of the symptoms, I'm far less convinced of his diagnosis as to the cause. At its heart, his claim is that the problem is the restaurant review format itself:
I just want to deal with one of the genre’s challenges — namely, its form. ... To be blunt, the traditional review is a terrible vessel for inventive prose, contrarian opinions, and nuanced arguments about the mystery and meaning of food.
Well, on that point, I must beg to differ. Good writing transcends genre. Restaurant reviews are as useful a format as any to paint a portrait of of a city, as Jonathan Gold did so beautifully for Los Angeles, to explore social and cultural issues, as Soleil Ho does at the San Francisco Chronicle, to craft poetry like Ligaya Mishan does at the New York Times, to entertain and enlighten with wit and snark, like Jay Rayner does at The Guardian. The problem isn't the vessel; it's all about what you're putting inside.

Also: there's a whole universe of food writing that isn't restaurant reviews. That's not to say I believe reviews should be devoid of any discussion of broader issues – if you've been reading here at all, you know I'm prone to plenty of digressions – but rather, that there are lots of ways to talk about culture through the lens of food, reviews being just one of them.

Also, also: I am perhaps one of a dying breed who believe that the underlying purpose of a restaurant review – to help answer the question, "Where should I want to eat?" – while not as noble or important as curing cancer, is still itself a worthwhile and valuable endeavor.[1]

Having said that, it does seem that the restaurant review industry, in some quarters anyway, is in the doldrums. I don't think the problem is the format, though no doubt it is kind of a bore to read reviews that just grind through the "here's the apps, here's the mains, here's the desserts" routine by rote. To my mind, it's more a combination of the decline of media outlets that provide the budgetary, editorial and promotional support for restaurant criticism, and the rise of crowd-sourced opinions a la Yelp. Combine that with a lack of diversity and community representation in the voices that still get heard. Throw a little "death of the blog at the hands of Twitter and then Instagram" into the mix too. Sprinkle some "influencers doing it for the freebies" over the top like finishing salt. And what you have is a dearth of credible, reliable voices motivated and able to write thoughtfully and critically about restaurants.

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Monday, December 30, 2019

favorite dishes of 2019: worldwide version

I made a decision this year to split my "favorite dishes" list between Miami and elsewhere. You can see the 25 best things I ate in Miami over here. This list (All lists! All the time! At least until the end of the year!) covers the best things I ate everywhere else in 2019.

We started the year in Marfa, Texas[1] before taking a long drive to Austin, which is a really fun town where there's a taco truck, a BBQ place, a beer hall, and a live music venue on every block. There were brief visits to New York and San Francisco, and then a wonderful week in Italy (Rome and Venice, broken up by a day in Florence), where I practiced some immersion therapy to get over my biases against Italian food.[2] Back to the Bay Area for a week. A long weekend in Los Angeles, making only the tiniest dent in the long list of places I want to visit in what may be the best eating town in the U.S. And finally, a late year return to N.Y. before the calendar flipped over.

charred cabbage, satsuma butter - Emmer & Rye (Austin)
Our first dinner in Austin was at chef Kevin Fink's Emmer & Rye, a place with a focus on heirloom grains (as the name suggests), local seasonal products, carts circling the dining room with little snacks a la State Bird Provisions, and generally speaking, some really creative stuff happening in the kitchen. I enjoyed everything, but especially this dish of charred cabbage, satsuma butter, trout roe and mustard greens. Savory, smoky, citrusy, and more, it was odd and delicious.

(See all my pictures from Emmer & Rye.)

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

favorite dishes of 2019: miami version

More lists! I already spilled nearly 5,000 words in my last post recounting the decade of dining in Miami. I'll try not to do that for another ten years. But this one is an annual tradition: the best things I ate over the past year. I've always made clear that this in no way purports to be any sort of definitive "best of" type of list, but is based solely on my own personal experiences and as a result is heavily influenced by my own preferences and proclivities.[1] Something new for 2019: rather than throw them all in a bucket together,[2] I've made one list of the best things I ate in Miami, and another for the best things I ate everywhere else. These appear in chronological order.

unagi shirayaki - Hiden
For a while, Miami was behind the curve on the trend of high-end, omakase-only sushi dens that have overtaken New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. We're catching up with places like Hiden, which opened in mid-2018 but which I didn't manage to book until January of this year. Hiden is an intimate eight-seat sushi counter hidden away in a private room in the back of the Taco Stand in Wynwood, serving a chef's choice menu of about a dozen courses of sushi and other raw and cooked things for, as of press time, $170 before tax and tip. It was excellent when I visited with chef Tadashi Shiraishi running the show, but he left in a split with ownership the following month and I've not been back. My favorite bite among many very good ones was this unagi shirayaki (grilled freshwater eel), seasoned only with salt and a dab of fresh wasabi rather than the typical sweet tare.

(See all my pictures in this Hiden flickr set).

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