Tasty's or E's Oven: Eat Local
Anguilla has some excellent dining options, but few of them are cheap. Two locally owned and operated restaurants that are justifiably popular with locals and tourists alike are Tasty’s and E’s Oven. Not surprisingly, seafood features prominently on both menus. One of Tasty’s most popular dishes and the chef’s favorite is a seafood salad featuring conch, lobster, shrimp, scallops, and mahi mahi. Both restaurants serve a coconut-crusted fish fillet with spicy banana rum sauce.Related to:
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See in Text: Restaurants we enjoyed
As for dining, we did not have a bad meal. We loved walking down to Cedar Grove at Rendezvous Bay Hotel and Villas where we stayed. The on-the-water setting, friendly service and delicious food at Straw Hat made for a special evening. For more casual dining, we really enjoyed Tastey’s and Smokeys. The latter is also on the water, but our view was lost when yet another thunderstorm brought strong winds and a driving rain against which the window covers had to be lowered.
Big Jim's: Cheap, Quick and Convenient
Big Jim's seems to be a local hangout. I was probably the only one of our group who liked it. They serve barbeque ribs and whatever their special is going to be for the day. It's very casual where you can order from the window and sit at the picnic tables out front. They do have some tables inside as well. You can't beat the prices and the servings were more than generous.
Favorite Dish: Ribs were good.
Tasty's: Good food at Tasty's
We spent most of the time eating at the Malliouhana hotel or at the Cuisinart, but Tasty's sticks out in my head as being one of the better meals we had on the island that didn't cost an arm or a leg. (It only cost one foot)
There is nothing special about the service. It's on island time, just like everything else in Anguilla. You may have to hunt for your waiter to get anything done, but don't take it personally. That's just the way it is in Anguilla.
Their use of Curry Powder in a lot of their dishes gives the food somewhat of an Indian flavor.
Favorite Dish: Everything that was ordered was pretty good. My personal favorites were the drinks. They make a tasty rum punch.
English Rose: A nice pub.
We ended up at the English Rose on Sunday to watch the World Cup match of Italy vs France. The resturant was scheduled to be closed that day, but a waiter we met at Koal Keel resturant was a relative of the Owner of the English Rose and had the Resturant opened for us on that day. I thought that was very nice of them.
Favorite Dish: The resturant was not serving food and the kitchen was closed, but the drinks were cheap ($3 USD) and we had the place all to our selves.
The Rose has a big screen TV which made it ideal for watching Zidane go berserk and headbut Marco Materazzi in the final minuites of overtime.
Cap Juluca: $120 buffet dinner for two
Not bad, but not great. $120 for a buffet? Was about as good as most buffets too - average. A comparable buffet would be at Ladera in St Lucia which was better and a bit cheaper. I don't know, I just have a problem with paying $120 to wait in line to serve myself.
We were not guests there, but the saving grace was that we went during the managers social night, so we got some free drinks to offset the price. Not to mention you get to meet the guests, some of which are pretty interesting.
For the $$ and the quality, I would have rather eaten at Corals, Johnos, or Grillers 20 times over and still $$ for more than my fair share of beer.
Corals on Meads Bay: Great Mediterranean in the Caribbean
We ate here more than we should have, almost once a day, but the view and the food were equally impressive. It overlooks arguably the best beach in the world, but you can watch dolphins swim next to your table while eating hummus. The owner (Mamout or something like that) was really helpful. He even called around to find us the best deal on renting a car and kind of scloded us for spending too many meals there. The menu and the location might rank this as my favorite restaraunt.
Favorite Dish: Tabouli was pretty good. We usually ordered several different appetizers.
Grillers: Cheap food on an expensive island
Grillers is a new and located on the main road, near Shoal Bay and Johnnos. This place had good local food for cheap. Which is nice in that most restaurants on the island will set you back almost $100 USD for two.
there are soo many great...
there are soo many great restaurants on anguilla. but this place rafes is out of the norm.
rafes does not open till the wee hours. it is actually an after hrs. kinda place. they do ribs and chicken on a makeshift b-b-que. it is all open air and looks out over a cliff to the water. the bar rocks with locals and a few tourists.
Favorite Dish: ribs ribs ribs
(1) E's Oven(2) Tasty's(3)...
(1) E's Oven
(3) The Health Nook
(4) Roti Hut
(1) The value for money is very good here. The atmosphere is casual with friendly service.
(2) Tasty's is a bit touristy. Most of the customers are tourists.
(3) The health nook is relatively new and seemed to appeal mostly to locals. For me it was a God-send since I don't eat meat.
(4) Tiny place, but nice patio for dining. You may have a bit of wait for your food, but it's totally worth it.
Favorite Dish: (1) Pumpkin soup - to die for!!!!!!
A suprisingly good vegetable pasta in broth.
I was told the curry chicken and the hamburgers were also good.
(2) Nice American-style breakfasts and omelettes. Salad with Goat Cheese was also
(3) Fabulous vegetarian items. The have veggie patties made daily and usually at least one entree at lunchtime. They also carry lots of vegetarian products for home cooking.
(4) Amazing rotis.
My favourite restaurant was...
My favourite restaurant was the Straw Hat, built on stilts in the Forest neighbourhood. That restaurant was, I think (not sure) destroyed in late 1999 by a hurricane (as had happened on a previous occasion) but if so has no doubt been rebuilt.
Stilted architecture and view.Superb service from local people ( and efficient American owner). The young barman was one of the best I've seen anywhere. Long live his mango dacquiris!
Favorite Dish: Daiquiris! After which, tuna steaks.
Olivers: Great Seafood
It's a nice resturant on the beach overlooking Meads bay. Great sunset views during dinner.
Favorite Dish: The grouper was excellent! I have a feeling it's all good. A bit pricey though.
Blanchards: Family Run Fine Dining Restaurant
Outstanding service in beautiful beach-side location on Mead's Bay. Very close to local top hotels (Cap Julcua, CusinArt). Courteous service with gorgeous food.
The hotel is pretty modest, a little old and simple, especially comparing to its neighbor CuisinArt...more
Meads Bay Road, P.O. Box 1033, The Valley, AI2640, Caribbean
Good for: Business
Island Harbour, P.O. Box 1403, The Valley, Anguilla, Caribbean
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Business
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