So you’d rather not corral 15 friends together for a big group birthday dinner this year? Yeah, we totally get that. But not all 2020 birthdays have to consist of frozen pizza and you shaking your fist at the universe. You can still organize one hell of a takeout dinner to celebrate. Hopefully this guide can help you with that, whether you want to have an at-home taco party, stone crabs on the couch, or a serious amount of pie.
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Wynwood’s KYU has always been a great restaurant for a celebration. And their takeout menu is equally fitting for a special occasion at home. A lot of our favorites from their regular menu are available to-go, like the whole roasted cauliflower, Korean fried chicken, and the massive beef short ribs. Order all of the above and have enough leftovers to make your birthday a month-long. You can also get some cocktails too.
Similar to dogs playing basketball, there is technically no rule that says birthday meals can’t happen in the morning. And if you want to celebrate before noon, order some bagels from the great El Bagel. Get a dozen and some various schmears and have a little DIY bagel bar - or just order every outstanding bagel sandwich on the menu. There are no wrong decisions here. Just make sure you add on a bottle of sparkling wine, which they also sell to-go.
Taquiza (only the North Beach location is open currently) has takeout options worthy of most special occasions. If you’re celebrating with a few roommates, get their DIY taco party kit, which comes with your choice of protein, tortillas, elote, quinoa salad, garnishes, and hot sauce. The taco spot also has margaritas to-go and is selling their blue masa, in case you want to make birthday tortillas at home. Order online.
Joe’s is never a bad call for a blowout meal involving martinis and seafood, especially now that you won’t have to wait at the bar for two hours to enjoy those things. You can have Joe’s delivered via Caviar. And if you really want to recreate the Joe’s waiting experience, have your parents and all their friends put on something from Tommy Bahama, drink three daiquiris each, and then hop on a zoom call with you while you wait for the food to arrive.
Maybe you were planning on having a backyard cookout for your birthday. Or maybe you’ve just been having very vivid dreams about ribs recently. Either way, Hometown Barbecue is the birthday meal you deserve. The Allapattah spot does big hunks of smoked meat better than anyone else in South Florida. Order a beef rib, wings, and brisket online.
South Beach's Yardbird is a solid special occasion restaurant, but you can also pretty easily recreate the experience at home. If you only have a couple of mouths to feed, go with the chicken, watermelon, and waffles along with some sides like mac and cheese. But if you've got around six mouths to feed (or just want leftovers for the next four months), get the fried chicken family platter, which comes with 24 pieces of fried chicken, mac and cheese, biscuits, and a bottle of wine or Wild Turkey.
For some, birthdays are just the one day of the year when they get a chance to eat as much sugar as possible. If you’re one of those people, Fireman Derek’s Bake Shop is here to help you become 40% pie. The very indulgent bakery (with locations in Wynwood and Coconut Grove) is accepting takeout orders. Get a simple key lime pie or a not-so-simple chocolate peanut butter pie (which you can also order in milkshake form). Or get both. And then maybe some cookies too. Yeah, you’re going to need cookies at a time like this.
Do you just want an entire pizza for your birthday? Well, good. You deserve it. And if you want one of the best in Miami, go for Lucali. They don’t normally do delivery, so you should take advantage of this opportunity to get one of their pies in your living room. These pizzas are a perfect hybrid that combines all our favorite parts of thin-crust with New York-style, and it’s all topped with a big bouquet of fresh basil. They also have a dessert pizza with nutella if you couldn’t locate a cake in time.