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Bird & Bone’s spicy chicken.
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Miami’s 15 Best Spicy Dishes

Turning up the heat

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Bird & Bone’s spicy chicken.
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There’s no denying that the heat is on in Miami all year round. As South Floridians crank up the a/c, lounge by the pool or head for the beach to cool off, those craving hot temperatures will be pleased to know they can get an assortment of spice all over town with these 15 top picks.

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1. Surf House Bar & Grill

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19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180
(305) 932-6200
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With the debut of the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa’s water park, Tidal Cove, hunger can strike hard when having fun. So head to its Surf House Bar & Grill and order up a hot chicken sandwich, a house favorite that comes with its own namesake spicy sauce. 

Nashville hot chicken sandwich
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2. Bird & Bone

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4041 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 424-1234
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Chef Richard Hales serves up all sorts of Southern comfort dishes at this unpretentious spot inside The Confidante Hotel in Miami Beach, but it’s the Chef Hale’s Hot Chicken that is the star of the show for those seeking something hot. The recipe is Hales’ take on Nashville-style fried chicken served over Zak the Baker bread and topped with a drizzle of Chinese hot mustard, local honey and house-made pickles. 

Chef Hale’s Hot Chicken
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3. Palmar

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180 NW 29th St
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 573-5682
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The smashed cucumber salad at Palmar is an ideal spicy dish. Chef Raymond Li combines English cucumbers with plenty of citrus and a homemade Szechuan oil, among other ingredients. The result is a bright, refreshing salad with plenty of bite — the ideal remedy to a hot day.

Smashed cucumber from Palmar
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4. Beaker & Gray

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2637 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 699-2637
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Wynwood mainstay Beaker & Gray is always a crowd favorite, and for those craving some spice can opt for the yellow curry made with rice noodles and served in a fiery sauce with blue crab and Chinese sausage.

Spicy yellow curry
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251 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 577-0150
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Chef Michael Lewis’s Korean fried chicken is made with braised spinach and red chili butter. It is double fried for extra crunch and boasts an addictive sweet and spicy flavor combo.

Spicy Korean fried chicken
photo by Rashida Sol

6. Villa Azur

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309 23rd St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8688
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People watch and party while dining at the tropical patio of this Miami-meets-Mediterranean spot. For spicy aficionados the restaurant offers its cauliflower “crab cake,” a vegan dish made with aji blanco, crispy kataifi dough, fresh herbs and an avocado remoulade.

Cauliflower “crab cake” at Villa Azur
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7. PEZ - Mexican Seafood

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20 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 570-3440
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Newcomer to the thriving Mexican scene in Miami, Pez shines a light on the seafood-centric food of Baja California. Spicy lovers will want to order the aguachile tradicional de camarón, a piquant chilled broth (aguachile literally translates to spicy water) made with shrimp, lime juice, cucumber and onions as well as chiltepin, a mad hot chili from Sonora.

This aguachile is made with chiltepin, a chili 20x hotter than jalapeños.
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8. Novikov Miami

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300 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 489-1000
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Aside from the luxe setting and Biscayne Bay views, there’s something for everyone at Novikov from robata grill to wok dishes to dim sum and sushi. Start off with some spice by ordering the scallop and jalapeño sashimi, where each sweet mollusk comes crowned with a ring of spicy pepper. Pair it with a pleasantly hot wasabi martini to keep the burn going.

Scallop and jalapeño sashimi
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9. Red, the Steakhouse - Miami Beach

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119 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 534-3688
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This Miami Beach outpost is cool and chic on the inside, but those craving a chance with some heat should dare order the stuffed hot peppers. The banana leaf peppers are filled with Italian sausage and served over marinara sauce — with each banana leaf pepper varying in heat (some being extremely hot), something quickly determined after the first bite. Chef Peter Vauthy also prepares a lobster fra diabolo for pasta lovers seeking some spice.

Banana leaf peppers stuffed with Italian sausage
The Luis Collection

10. elcielo By Juan Manuel Barrientos

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31 SE 5th St
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 755-8840
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Delving into molecular gastronomy, chef Juan Manuel Barrientos produces exotic dishes that blur with art. Everything here pushes the culinary envelope, so, when it comes to spicy dishes, the hot spicy pork arrives: tenderloin served over charred habanero carrot puree topped with a pig cutout tuile made with aleppo-spiced celeriac and cayenne pepper.

Hot spicy pork
Manuela Lopez

11. Upland

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49 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 602-9998
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Twin to the wildly popular Upland in NYC, this spot on South of Fifth offers an array of Italian-inspired dishes with a California twist. New to the menu is the clam pie pizza, a simple take on classic flavors: cheese, garlic, and chili for extra zing.

Spicy clam pie at Upland
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12. Cantina La Veinte

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495 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131
(786) 623-6135
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Santiago Gomez is the prolific chef behind this modern Mexican (with a nod to traditional) all within a gorgeous setting that includes a waterfront patio. Common place in Mexican cuisine, Cantina La Veinte offers several types of aguachile, akin to a spicy ceviche. The ribeye version uses soy and chile de árbol, which adds heat to the refreshing dish.

Ribeye aguachile
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13. Katsuya Brickell

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8, SE 8th St
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 859-0200
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Sexy cocktails and almost-too-pretty-to-eat sushi are some of the items found inside SLS Lux’s Katsuya Brickell. For a hot start, the spicy tuna crispy rice fits the bill. The appetizer features spicy tuna tartare served on grilled sushi rice topped with green serrano peppers to hone the spicy point in.

Spicy tuna crispy rice
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14. AD LIB

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2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 504-8895
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Chef Joe Mizzoni offers modern American cuisine with dishes like scallops with caramelized cauliflower, roasted chicken with black truffle ravioli, and pork chop with apricot chutney, but it’s the royal red shrimp which hits the right spicy notes. The shrimp arrives in a Serrano cilantro broth, offering plenty of heat, and comes garnished with shaved radish, pickled onion and apple.

Royal Red Shrimp with Serrano Cilantro Broth
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15. Ghee Downtown Dadeland

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8965 SW 72nd Pl
Kendall, FL 33156
(305) 968-1850
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Those big on saucy dishes will enjoy sampling favorites like chicken tikka masala, smoked lamb neck, and yucca and vegetable kofta, at this modern Indian spot by Niven Patel. Spice lovers can scoop up the rich sauces with the restaurant’s ghost pepper and cheddar naan or savor the heat-infused traditional leavened flatbread on its own.

Ghost Pepper and Cheddar Naan
photo by Andres Acero of Phood Productions

1. Surf House Bar & Grill

19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180
Nashville hot chicken sandwich
JW Marriott Turnberry Resort and Spa/Official Photo

With the debut of the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa’s water park, Tidal Cove, hunger can strike hard when having fun. So head to its Surf House Bar & Grill and order up a hot chicken sandwich, a house favorite that comes with its own namesake spicy sauce. 

19999 W Country Club Dr
Aventura, FL 33180

2. Bird & Bone

4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140
Chef Hale’s Hot Chicken
Bird & Bone/official photo

Chef Richard Hales serves up all sorts of Southern comfort dishes at this unpretentious spot inside The Confidante Hotel in Miami Beach, but it’s the Chef Hale’s Hot Chicken that is the star of the show for those seeking something hot. The recipe is Hales’ take on Nashville-style fried chicken served over Zak the Baker bread and topped with a drizzle of Chinese hot mustard, local honey and house-made pickles. 

4041 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

3. Palmar

180 NW 29th St, Miami, FL 33127
Smashed cucumber from Palmar
Palmar/official photo

The smashed cucumber salad at Palmar is an ideal spicy dish. Chef Raymond Li combines English cucumbers with plenty of citrus and a homemade Szechuan oil, among other ingredients. The result is a bright, refreshing salad with plenty of bite — the ideal remedy to a hot day.

180 NW 29th St
Miami, FL 33127

4. Beaker & Gray

2637 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
Spicy yellow curry
Beaker & Gray / official photo

Wynwood mainstay Beaker & Gray is always a crowd favorite, and for those craving some spice can opt for the yellow curry made with rice noodles and served in a fiery sauce with blue crab and Chinese sausage.

2637 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

5. KYU

251 NW 25th St, Miami, FL 33127
Spicy Korean fried chicken
photo by Rashida Sol

Chef Michael Lewis’s Korean fried chicken is made with braised spinach and red chili butter. It is double fried for extra crunch and boasts an addictive sweet and spicy flavor combo.

251 NW 25th St
Miami, FL 33127

6. Villa Azur

309 23rd St, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Cauliflower “crab cake” at Villa Azur
Villa Azur / official photo

People watch and party while dining at the tropical patio of this Miami-meets-Mediterranean spot. For spicy aficionados the restaurant offers its cauliflower “crab cake,” a vegan dish made with aji blanco, crispy kataifi dough, fresh herbs and an avocado remoulade.

309 23rd St
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. PEZ - Mexican Seafood

20 W Flagler St, Miami, FL 33130
This aguachile is made with chiltepin, a chili 20x hotter than jalapeños.
Pez/official photo

Newcomer to the thriving Mexican scene in Miami, Pez shines a light on the seafood-centric food of Baja California. Spicy lovers will want to order the aguachile tradicional de camarón, a piquant chilled broth (aguachile literally translates to spicy water) made with shrimp, lime juice, cucumber and onions as well as chiltepin, a mad hot chili from Sonora.

20 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33130

8. Novikov Miami

300 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33131
Scallop and jalapeño sashimi
Novikov / official photo

Aside from the luxe setting and Biscayne Bay views, there’s something for everyone at Novikov from robata grill to wok dishes to dim sum and sushi. Start off with some spice by ordering the scallop and jalapeño sashimi, where each sweet mollusk comes crowned with a ring of spicy pepper. Pair it with a pleasantly hot wasabi martini to keep the burn going.

300 S Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33131

9. Red, the Steakhouse - Miami Beach

119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Banana leaf peppers stuffed with Italian sausage
The Luis Collection

This Miami Beach outpost is cool and chic on the inside, but those craving a chance with some heat should dare order the stuffed hot peppers. The banana leaf peppers are filled with Italian sausage and served over marinara sauce — with each banana leaf pepper varying in heat (some being extremely hot), something quickly determined after the first bite. Chef Peter Vauthy also prepares a lobster fra diabolo for pasta lovers seeking some spice.

119 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. elcielo By Juan Manuel Barrientos

31 SE 5th St, Miami, FL 33131
Hot spicy pork
Manuela Lopez

Delving into molecular gastronomy, chef Juan Manuel Barrientos produces exotic dishes that blur with art. Everything here pushes the culinary envelope, so, when it comes to spicy dishes, the hot spicy pork arrives: tenderloin served over charred habanero carrot puree topped with a pig cutout tuile made with aleppo-spiced celeriac and cayenne pepper.

31 SE 5th St
Miami, FL 33131

11. Upland

49 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Read Review |
Spicy clam pie at Upland
Upland Miami / official photo

Twin to the wildly popular Upland in NYC, this spot on South of Fifth offers an array of Italian-inspired dishes with a California twist. New to the menu is the clam pie pizza, a simple take on classic flavors: cheese, garlic, and chili for extra zing.

49 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. Cantina La Veinte

495 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131
Ribeye aguachile
Cantina La Veinte / official photo

Santiago Gomez is the prolific chef behind this modern Mexican (with a nod to traditional) all within a gorgeous setting that includes a waterfront patio. Common place in Mexican cuisine, Cantina La Veinte offers several types of aguachile, akin to a spicy ceviche. The ribeye version uses soy and chile de árbol, which adds heat to the refreshing dish.

495 Brickell Ave
Miami, FL 33131

13. Katsuya Brickell

8, SE 8th St, Miami, FL 33131
Spicy tuna crispy rice
Katsuya Brickell/official photo

Sexy cocktails and almost-too-pretty-to-eat sushi are some of the items found inside SLS Lux’s Katsuya Brickell. For a hot start, the spicy tuna crispy rice fits the bill. The appetizer features spicy tuna tartare served on grilled sushi rice topped with green serrano peppers to hone the spicy point in.

8, SE 8th St
Miami, FL 33131

14. AD LIB

2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables, FL 33134
Royal Red Shrimp with Serrano Cilantro Broth
Ad Lib / official photo

Chef Joe Mizzoni offers modern American cuisine with dishes like scallops with caramelized cauliflower, roasted chicken with black truffle ravioli, and pork chop with apricot chutney, but it’s the royal red shrimp which hits the right spicy notes. The shrimp arrives in a Serrano cilantro broth, offering plenty of heat, and comes garnished with shaved radish, pickled onion and apple.

2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd
Coral Gables, FL 33134

15. Ghee Downtown Dadeland

8965 SW 72nd Pl, Kendall, FL 33156
Ghost Pepper and Cheddar Naan
photo by Andres Acero of Phood Productions

Those big on saucy dishes will enjoy sampling favorites like chicken tikka masala, smoked lamb neck, and yucca and vegetable kofta, at this modern Indian spot by Niven Patel. Spice lovers can scoop up the rich sauces with the restaurant’s ghost pepper and cheddar naan or savor the heat-infused traditional leavened flatbread on its own.

8965 SW 72nd Pl
Kendall, FL 33156

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