Where to Go for Spicy Food in Miami

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The fiery Pizza Indiavolata at Ironside Pizza

Are you looking to spice up your dining experience? There are plenty of options in Miami to satisfy your spicy cravings. Here’s a rundown on where to find some delicious spicy fare. 

Awash Ethiopian Restaurant

Should you find yourself in Miami Gardens, do your taste buds a favor and stop into Awash Ethiopian Restaurant. The menu at this homey establishment is heaven on earth for spice lovers. 

Selections such as Yebeg Wot (braised lamb), Doro Wot (stewed chicken), and lamb tibs (cubed lamb) are loaded with chili and special spices that will make your palate come alive. Odds are you’ve probably never had Ethiopian food, so we recommend the Taste of Awash, a sizable platter of beef, chicken, and vegetarian entrees that offers a nice overview of the menu.  

Awash Ethiopian Restaurant is located at 19934 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33169. For more information, visit their official website.  

Bombay Corner 

There’s spicy, and then there’s spicy. If you’re a fan of the second category, then Bombay Corner in Shenandoah will not disappoint. Have a glass of water or milk ready for delectable bites like chicken curry, lamb tikka masala, Tandoori shrimp, and pepper ghost cheese naan; there is some major heat behind most of the dishes at this popular Indian establishment. 

That said, there’s nothing to be afraid of as you can tailor the spice to your preference: mild, medium, hot, and Indian hot. Personally, we’ll stick to medium. 

Bombay Corner is located at 1806 SW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33145. For more information, visit their official website.

Ironside Pizza

Ironside Pizza may be known for its classic pizzas, but spicy food lovers are also in for a treat. Their fiery secret weapon is the Indiavolata, a cured sopressata pizza with Calabrian chili pepper. The pie packs some heat, so pair the pizza with a crisp beer to cut through the spice. Cool off with a panna cotta at the end of your meal, too; it’s an underrated dessert. 

The Lobster Shack

Lobster rolls typically come in two forms: warm or chilled. At The Lobster Shack on South Beach, however, there’s a lot more variety – and some pack a punch. At The Lobster Shack, the restaurant’s Spicy Lobster Roll lives up to its name with jalapenos galore; you’re going to need some water (or one of the many delicious cocktails here). 

Another spicy favorite is the Cajun shrimp roll, which features blackened shrimp and the eatery’s own Cajun sauce. Hungrier patrons can also get some heat from the monstrous Poseidon Roll, a roll that overflows with lobster, king crab, blackened shrimp, and Cajun sauce. To help balance all that heat, we suggest pairing your roll with The Lobster Shack’s seared tuna salad; it’s so darn good. 

Maiz y Agave

Maiz y Agave in Coral Gables is a haven for traditional Mexican flavors and bold spice. Dive into their red pozole with your choice of chicken or pork; the dish is full of tasty seasonings that make for a fiery start to your meal. Another dish to keep your eye on: the shrimp aguachile, which packs some substantial heat as well. In fact, you can spice up most dishes with Maiz y Agave’s wide range of salsas, all of which you should try; the habanero is their hottest one – you’ve been warned. 

Maiz y Agave is located at 375 Miracle Mile, Miami, FL 33134. For more information, visit their official website

Geoffrey Anderson

Geoffrey Anderson Jr. is a contributing/staff writer for Dish Miami. For over six years, he has covered the South Florida dining scene with his wife for the award-winning local food blog Miami Food Pug. When he's not writing about food, he's eating it—or attending rock concerts and traveling.

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