Long before Wynwood was this internationally recognized artsy neighborhood and a tourist hub, Clive’s Cafe had marked its presence in Wynwood opening up shop since the 1970’s. Long before developers had come into the neighborhood, Clive’s owner Pearline Murray had been serving up Jamaican fare to locals who know good food when they taste it. But as the story goes, Wynwood transformed into what it is today and also lost a number of its original tenants as developers drove prices up. Clive’s was affected, but not shaken and was forced to say goodbye to Wynwood in 2013 after 38 years and said hello to its new home in Little Haiti.
On any given day, you’ll find Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans alike feasting on cuisine like curry goat rice and beans, jerk Chicken, fried chicken, and traditional Jamaican cuisine like banana, yam and dumpling breakfast. You can also expect to hear island vibes and live reggae in the evenings. The best thing is that the menu is nice on your pockets and you can eat well without breaking the bank.
And don’t let the storefront facade fool you. Clive’s is well respected as having among the most authentic Jamaican cuisine and has received numerous titles and awards, including being named Best Caribbean Food in Miami by CBS Channel 4 News and numerous awards by the Miami New Times as the Best Jamaican Restaurant (2002 and 2012) and Top 10 Best Fried Chicken (2013).
Clive’s Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.