With a big nod to Marcus Samuelsson and the other restaurateurs who’ve made Overtown a top-notch dining destination, nothing captures the spirit of the neighborhood quite like Jackson. Though you’ll find them popping up at festivals and catering parties all over the city, the best place to experience Jackson’s oxtail, fried catfish, and fried shrimp is sliding into a booth at the Overtown flagship. Order a lemonade or a sweet tea in an oversized Styrofoam cup, then settle back and wait for your BBQ ribs or baked chicken with two sides. Service won’t be quick, but taking your time is part of Jackson’s charm.
How to book: Stop in for first-come, first served seating.
No discussion of Black-owned restaurants in Miami is complete without a nod to Jackson Soul Food, the Overtown stalwart that’s been drawing crowds long before Marcus Samuelsson came to town. Though it’s moved into more-modern digs, Jackson is still a simple neighborhood spot, where you can stroll in and order some of the best fried catfish, fried conch, and ribs in the city. The crowd, especially at lunchtime, is a curious cross-section of Overtown lifers and lunching downtown business folk. And though the area around it is changing fast, Jackson has been a constant.
How to book: Stop by for first-come, first-served seating or order takeout and delivery via GrubHub.