Chances are you're an Uber user. Now, the same people who give you a ride to and from your favorite restaurant can also pick up a meal for you and deliver it to your home or office through its restaurant delivery arm.
UberEats launches in Miami today, July 12, at 10 a.m. — just in time for a late breakfast or early lunch.
More than 100 restaurants are participating, including Ms. Cheezious, Jar + Fork, Mandolin Aegean Bistro, the Fed, Juice & Java Café at Equinox, Fratelli La Bufala, the Daily Creative Food, Doraku Sushi, Della Test Kitchen, the Salty Donut, Dirt, Bachour Bakery + Bistro, Zuuk Mediterranean, Morgans, Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, Bocce, Baby Jane, and SoCal Taco. Delivery is available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to midnight. Of course, specific restaurant deliveries vary by hours of operation.
The service is available from Brickell to Hollywood and throughout Miami Beach. The delivery area is mainly east of I-95 and includes Wynwood and downtown Miami. Other areas, such as Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, and South Miami, will be added soon.
UberEats is a separate app but works much like the mobile car service. Once you download it to your phone, you enter your credit card information. Restaurants are sorted by delivery time. Once you click on the eatery of your choice, the menu pops up, and you can place your order. Special instructions, allergies, and extras can be added in a "comments" section. Each restaurant offers its full menu through UberEats.
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The app allows you to track your order starting from the time it's prepared at the restaurant through the moment you get your hands on your meal. Regular Uber drivers are used to transport the food to your door.
The delivery fee is a flat $4.99, and, unlike Uber, there is no surge pricing. In addition, menu prices are the same as if you were to order at the restaurant — there are no add-ons and, like Uber, there's no need to tip your driver.
As an incentive to try UberEats, the fee will be waived for the first few weeks, according to a spokesperson for the service. In addition, this Friday, July 15, UberEats will deliver a free Magnum ice cream pop to app users. The ice-cream offer is available throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach — regardless of whether the app delivers to that particular area.
UberEats can be downloaded