Miami's Ten Spiciest Dishes: Murg Vindaloo, "Salsa of Life" and Spicy Conch Salad
Manager Pearlin Murray remembers what North Miami Ave looked like 37 years ago when Clive's opened its doors. A lot has changed, but one thing has remained certain. Customers will be lining up for Clive's most popular dish, the jerk chicken ($7.50). "All the customers say its the best in town," said Murray. All parts of the chicken are marinated overnight in a secret blend of jerk seasoning that includes fiery scotch bonnet pepper. Brave souls can attempt the Jamaican breakfast drink "Front and Lifter" -- a blend of oatmeal and Guinness beer that's more meal than drink.
This staple at South Beach Haitian mainstay Tap Tap has been making customers sweat since 1994. The conch is diced and mixed with onions, celery, shredded carrots and tomatoes. The resulting mix is doused in lime juice where it sits for about two hours before inflaming your palate. The heat comes from diced scotch bonnet peppers cleverly disguised among the mild ingredients. The salad ($10) is among the spiciest dish we had, but its so good, you can't stop eating it and end up guzzling six 10 oz. cups of water with a runny nose and sweaty forehead. Even the beads of sweat slowly forming on the back of your neck are not enough deterrent.
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