Best Caribbean Food In Miami

October 4, 2012 9:01 AM


Longing for true island cuisine? A homemade dish at the best of Caribbean restaurants can transport you home. While ingredients used by most restaurateurs are imported, the best Caribbean restaurants in Miami use recipes and spices from home. Here are a few of Miami’s best. — Cynthia Roby
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Clives Café

2818 N. Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-0277

Even if you drive past and miss the unpretentious little storefront, the wafting aroma of jerk seasonings and curry will redirect your path. You won’t write home about the ambiance, but you’ll sing about Clives’ authentic Jamaican cooking. Forever. From the banana, yam and dumpling breakfast to the oxtail and brown stew chicken, it’s some of the best Jamaican food in Miami. And there’s a “menu fi dem yankee” as well. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Sundays.

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Ortanique on the Mile

278 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 446-7710

Chef Cindy Hutson has a unique way of taking the best Caribbean spices and mingling them intimately with her dishes. Known to offer a menu of enlivened fish dishes, Ortanique’s best is the West Indian-style bouillabaisse. The décor is as warm as the Caribbean sand, and the wine list is considerable.

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Aunt I’s

19934 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33169
(305) 654-9638

Even the most discerning palate can’t argue that Aunt I’s made-from-scratch jerk chicken is among the best outside of Boston Bay. The staff always greets you with a warm smile and after just one visit, remembers your name. Other signature dishes include oxtail that surrenders itself to tenderness and brown stew chicken bathed in traditional Jamaican seasoning. Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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The Bahamian Pot Restaurant

1413 NW 54th Street
Miami, FL 33142
(305) 693-5053

Conch is finicky. Its preparation, from chopping to seasoning to steaming to frying, must be perfect. And that’s what you’ll find at The Bahamian Pot. Excellent fried and steamed conch. Every time. Among its sea-fisherman décor of nets and painted crashing waves, you’ll find the atmosphere upbeat, the wafting smells pleasing and the service great. Come by early and indulge yourself in a breakfast of boiled fish, grits and a side of Johnnycake. Hours: Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday, Closed; Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.