Jumbo's is open 24 hours a day. It serves huge portions of Southern fare: country-fried steak, fried grouper, and other fried menu specials named after local schools and their teams. (North Miami High Pioneers Spring Specials translates to four chicken drumsticks, four shrimp, four onion rings, and a choice of two sides -- all for less than ten bucks.) But Jumbo's also serves some really good fried chicken. The crust is thinner than other renditions, which leaves room to tear apart the tender flesh. (Sometimes less breading can be a good thing.) Orders start at $6.99 and go up to $17 -- the latter a family-style platter that feeds about four people.
3. Clive's Cafe
If you ask Clive's Cafe co-owner Pearline Murray how the staple for Jamaican cuisine prepares its fried chicken, she will probably laugh, smile, and ask why you want to know. The answer is this: Clive's makes simple, delectable fried chicken. Sometimes, the bird comes on the bone. Other days it may not. (It depends on what's going on in the kitchen that day.) Regardless, when you place your order, the waiter will say the chicken takes some time. You will wait because, after all, it is fried to order. The dish costs $7 and comes with a choice of side: rice and peas, white rice, salad, fried sweet plantains, or vegetables. Add some Crystal hot sauce and then understand why Clive's is number three. It's just some fresh, homespun Jamaican-style fried chicken.
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