There is nothing more frustrating than preparing to make a big meal only to have to make a return trip to Publix because a rogue lemon rolled onto the ground while you were distracted by the National Enquirer in the checkout line. That’s one of the many good things about the DIY meal kits that restaurants have started adding to their takeout menus. These places are taking care of all the annoying prep work and set you up for home cooking success with things like DIY pizza kits, tacos, and kebabs that make cooking at home a lot more fun and easy than it’s ever been.
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All Day has a selection of kits perfect for breakfast or a big weekend brunch. You can recreate their breakfast sandwiches, french toast, and they’ve got cookie dough too, which is not a bad thing to keep around the house. Check out your options and place an order online.
Taquiza is offering a few deals you can finish cooking at home - like their taco toppings by the pound, which come vacuum-packed so you can freeze or tear open and start cooking. They’re also selling blue masa dough in case you want to try to make your own tortillas or recreate their totopos. Order online.
Jaguar Sun in Downtown has a couple DIY pasta kits on its takeout menu. The rigatoni and bucatini kits come with ingredients like parmesan, butter, and spicy pork. They also have plenty of wine and cocktails to-go, which will make any cooking process a lot more fun.
Downtown’s Fooq’s has launched a bazaar section of its online store, where there are some items you can cook at home or store in the fridge for later. They’re selling dried pasta, quarts of different sauces, pints of hummus and babaganoush, ready-to-grill kebobs, and brussels sprouts. Check it all out online, and start planning that Sunday dinner.
If you’ve got time to cook and aren’t opposed to something a little more labor-intensive, check out some of Alter’s family meal kit options. You can select a cut of meat in the “butcher shop meal,” which comes with caesar salad, umami butter, gouda mash, brussels sprouts, and dessert. There’s also a three-course shrimp and bucatini option and more rotating weekly deals. Check them out and order online.
Downtown’s NIU Kitchen has a pretty low-lift DIY menu item in case you’re not trying to do too many dishes tonight. Starting Sunday, May 10, they’re offering a pan con tomate meal kit, which is a really simple and tasty Catalán dish of toasted bread, tomatoes, and garlic. It also comes with some cheese and charcuterie and a bottle of wine picked out by NIU’s wine director, making this a very solid date night option. You can order one on their online bodega.
Brickell’s Stanzione 87 is selling DIY pizza kits right now that come with everything you need to make a pizza at home, which you’ve probably already tried (and failed) to do several times in the era of social distancing. If you’re still scared of getting flour all over the place, they’re also selling frozen pizzas. Place an order through their website.
Ironside Pizza also has pizza kits you can make yourself. They cost $10 and come with dough, sauce, mozzarella, basil, flour, and toppings at an additional charge. We tried one out and ours came out great in a cast iron skillet and a 500 degree oven for about 14 minutes. Give them a call at (305) 531-5055 to order or order online.
Coral Gables’ Eating House is doing DIY pasta kits you can make at home. They’re good if you’re trying to feed more than one person (or just want leftovers). They come with pasta, your sauce of choice, mixed greens, extra cheese, and “dirt cups” for dessert. You can place a takeout order online or call them at (305) 448-6524.