Clive's Cafe: A Jamaican Lunch at Wynwood's Oldest Restaurant
|Curry goat, rice & peas, plantain: $8.50.|
Back when the couple first opened the little eatery, the area was bustling with busy, worker-filled factories -- 250 people were employed at one such factory right across the street. Then the neighborhood went quiet for quite a long time, at which point Pearline switched the menu to Jamaican and served curry goat, cows foot, oxtail, and jerk chicken.
Wynwood is, of course, on the up-and-up again, and Clive's finds itself sandwiched between newer restaurants such as Jimmy'z Kitchen Wynwood and Wynwood Kitchen & Bar. This is a good thing, as some of the more adventurous driving through will no doubt be intrigued by the jerk chicken sign in the window and stop in to give it a try. That's what my wife and I did while heading home from midtown yesterday afternoon.
|Clive's jerk chicken: $7|
Especially the curry goat, with meat moist and spicy falling off snippets of bone. As with other main plates -- beef stew, cows foot, stew peas -- $8.50 price includes choice of rice & peas or white rice, plus salad or plantains or vegetables.
Other plates: Shrimp comes steamed, curried, or fried; fish comes in brown stew, steamed, or fried; chicken comes baked, curried, fried, in brown stew, or jerk -- the last spiced and cooked on an open pit in back and topped with sprightly, piquant jerk sauce. The price is $7, with same choice of sides as above.
Thirsty? All sorts of intriguing island beverages are on tap, like D&G soda, Ting grapefruit soda, and homemade sorrel juice and ginger beer. The last is zingy with the namesake root and very refreshing. Red Stripe is $3, as are imports such as Guinness and Heineken. ("Sold with meals only," meaning that the limited counter seats are for eating, not boozing.)
Café con leche was good too; I had it with a great homemade wedge of red velvet cake.
So guess what I'm saying is that we liked our lunch at Clive's Cafe. I wouldn't be surprised if we made it a semi-regular stop when in the neighborhood.
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