These are weird times we’re living in. Restaurants are delivering booze, grocery stores are buzzy hot spots and people are actually looking forward to exercising if only to have a reason to get the hell outside for a few minutes (safely, of course). Another sign of the times: Miami’s fine-dining restaurants are finally offering takeout and, in some cases, delivery. It may have taken a worldwide pandemic to make it happen, but now we can finally bring home our favorite double-digit–priced plates of pasta, steaks and everything else.
We understand that part of the appeal of fine-dining is the experience—white tablecloths, excellent chefs and high-class service—but there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy these things at home. Whether for your quarantine date night or to treat yourself after a week of home-cooked meals, look no further than to these Miami fine-dining restaurants for a fancy night in.
Chef Brad Kilgore’s Wynwood restaurant is known for its extravagant tasting menus executed with molecular gastronomy techniques and the like, but he’s reining it in for his temporary (pandemic) pop-up, AlterQ. It’s still his cooking and it’s still excellent, only this menu is a la carte and way more affordable. He’s also doing cocktails to-go so there’s really no reason to lift a finger once you’ve brought your dinner home.
Another hotbed for tasting menus, this South of Fifth restaurant doles out contemporary American fare with flair. The truffle potatoes and the duck and herb pappardelle pasta will distract you from your sad pajama-wearing life, while the cookie flights (yes, a flight of desserts!) will jolt you back to happiness. We can’t guarantee you’ll get the same Instagram-quality presentations, but you can certainly expect all of the incredible flavors to make it home with you intact.
The Coral Gables outpost of D.C’s popular, Michelin-starred restaurant is fancy with a capital “f.” But they can still get down with specialty to-go containers—all very elegant, of course. Order up your favorite kinds of pasta, salads and that delectable branzino everybody loves and pick it up curbside at the restaurant’s side entrance to enjoy at home.
The Surf Club
Get James Beard-quality eats at home. For the first time ever, Thomas Keller’s Surf Club offers takeout on a select menu of items. While there’s no chance you’re getting the massive beef wellington for pick-up, you can get other incredibly delicious items such as the veal chop, the king salmon and the juicy roasted Four Story Hill Farm free-range chicken for two. Oh, and caviar? Yeah, you definitely want an order of that, too.
It’s impossible to get into and once you do get reservations, there’s always a wait. But not anymore. Prime 112 can now be enjoyed stress-free and from the comfort of your own home. Get all the classics, like dry-aged filets and starchy sides (we love the hash browns, partly because they can be repurposed for breakfast) as well as dessert. You haven’t lived until you’ve had a Prime 112 oreo at home, in your pajamas. It doesn’t get more decadent. It’s also worth mentioning that Prime 112 is offering free delivery (within range) and that drop-off will be made by in-house employees in an effort to retain all staff members.
We’re all for supporting your neighborhood sushi joint (in fact, go now, order lunch!), but we’re also team treat yo’self, especially after a stifling week of WFH. That’s where Zuma comes in. Elevate your raw fish game with specialty rolls, robata-grilled items and the high-quality Japanese dishes you’ve come to know and expect from the restaurant. Pick-up orders can be placed over the phone (305-577-0277) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forget your usual Chinese takeout. Mr Chow is now available for pick-up! Make it high-class night with dishes like the Beijing chicken, spare ribs, the signature noodles and more. Sake and champagne are also available for takeout if you really want to get bougie. You can order up on the apps, too, but you’ll have to sacrifice the booze.
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