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By: Jennifer Agress

There are tens of thousands of Jamaicans living in Greater Miami & Miami Beach, and to keep them (and Miami foodies!) satisfied, there are a handful of restaurants where you can find an authentic taste of the island nation’s most popular flavors. Much like on other Caribbean islands, Jamaican cuisine actually incorporates cooking styles and ingredients from all over the world. So, if you’re in the mood for a Jamaican plate with Asian flair, haute Mediterranean seafood with Jamaican spices, an authentic curried chicken patty, a strong cup of Blue Mountain coffee or even traditional ackee and saltfish, head to these Miami restaurants and find Jamaican cuisine exactly the way you like it.

Jamaica Kitchen

With just one two-seat table and eight barstools, Jamaica Kitchen in Kendall is an unassuming spot. But grab an aloe juice and a pint of its curry goat, and you’ll be counting down the days until you get to go back. Opened by Chinese-Jamaican husband and wife, Cheryl and Anson Chin, Jamaica Kitchen is where you go to eat authentic island dishes with a Chinese twist (like Suey Mein, stew oxtail and pepper pot soup), listen to good Caribbean music and find rare Jamaican groceries. Regulars at this hole-in-the-wall all agree it’s the best. 8736 SW 72 St., Miami, FL 33173.

Sonia’s Patties

Jamaican patties are the island’s most-loved fast food, and once you’ve had one there, you just can’t settle for anything else. Lucky for Miamians, they can get the real deal without ever leaving town. For more than 30 years, Sonia’s Patties in Kendall has been whipping up a small menu of beef, curried chicken or a combination of both. All patties are made with all-natural, no-filler-added proteins, and can be bought cooked right-to-order, at room temperature, fully cooked and frozen, or unbaked and ready for you to pop in the oven at home. But with so many people clamoring to get one, the wait times might be long. 10852 SW 104 St., Miami, FL 33176.

Jamaican dish at Clive's
Enjoy delicious Jamaican food in Little Haiti at Clive's Cafe

Clive's Cafe

When you’re craving the Jamaican staples you won’t typically find outside of, well, Jamaica, Clive’s Cafe is where you want to go. Opened by Pearline Murray and her late husband Clifford more than 40 years ago, this hole-in-the-wall spot in Little Haiti serves mile-high plates of curry goat, oxtail, cow foot, jerk chicken, ackee and saltfish (Jamaica’s national dish), stew peas and more. Every dish comes with two sides—like rice and beans, plantains or macaroni and cheese—and the vibe is laid back. You’ll find nothing but a few tables and chairs and reggae music pumping out of an old-school radio. 5890 NW 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33127.

Pasion Del Cielo

Blue Mountain Coffee is both a revered brew and a household name in Jamaica, and here in Miami, you can get it at any of Pasion del Cielo’s four locations, ranging from Brickell to Coral Gables. Considered one of the finest coffees in the world, and only grown and produced at select estates on the eastern side of Jamaica, this isn’t your average bag of beans. You can order a pound of Jamaican Blue Mountain, along with others such as Hawaiian Kona and the Mexican Decaf. Multiple locations.

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