On our final evening in San Pedro, we rode our rented bicycles to the mid-town area to drop them off at Joe's before his 6 PM deadline, then continued on foot to the Water Taxi office, where I bought our tickets for the morning ride to Belize City. Next up was a stop at an internet cafe next to the Jambel Jerk Pit before we decided that we had better start looking for a place to eat.
Our first stop was at Mango's (closed on a Monday) then the ever-popular BCs on the beach (no food seemed to be available there and the bar was packed with people). We continued to head south now, past the airport where we noticed Ali Baba's, a Lebanese type restaurant. This had possibilities but we continued onward to the Jade Garden Chinese restaurant we had biked past during the afternoon (did not like their menu selections), kept going south toward a Thai restaurant and stopped in at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar along the way. It too was very busy but no sign of a restaurant and there were people sitting under tents as if a function of some sort was underway. It was fully dark when we finally reached the Tastes of Thai, but we were greeted by a large sign that said FULL. Oh well, we began the slog north again, heading for Ali Baba's, but had not gone too far when a passing American on a golf cart kindly offered us a drive! It was 7 PM by the time we were ushered into Ali Baba's dining room, and it was a relief to finally sit down to order something.
Favorite Dish: We had two dishes to share - big full-sized Chicken kebabs (US$9) and a Vegetarian dish of Homus, falaful & cilantro (US$10) as well as a couple of Belikin beers (US$5 for two) and a glass of white wine (US$6). Wow, this was really great food with a lovely flavour and cooked to perfection! Both before and during the meal we enjoyed interesting conversations with an American couple from New Hampshire (not far from where we live in Canada) and a guy sitting by himself, from Texas. This guy was a character, sleeping in the most basic of shelters even though he was in Belize looking to invest US$100,000 in some property he was interested in. Later in our travels on mainland Belize, we ran into other Americans also looking for investment opportunities - it seems that Belize is starting to be 'noticed'!
As we left, we congratulated the chef on our meal, one of the best we had so far had in Belize, and this place was not even mentioned in our guide book. With a tip, the total bill came to US$35 cash, No Credit Cards accepted.
Bicycling back in the hot early afternoon sun from our unsuccessful attempt to get value out of the Banyan Bay Resort's 'time share' attack on us (see my 'Tourist Trap' tip), we soon discovered a restaurant that looked like it had something to offer us - Jerry's Crab Shack. After chaining our bicycles to a tree beside their front door, we only made it just in time, because the restaurant closes at 2 PM for an afternoon siesta, like many other restaurants on Ambergris Cay. Operated by a retired American entrepreneur for over 20 years, Jerry's was a great find for us!
Favorite Dish: To recover from the 'heat exhaustion' (hey, it works for me), we ordered two cold rum drinks, one with Lime and the other with Fruit Cocktail (US$2.50 each) while we had a closer look at the menu. This is a seafood restaurant, so we decided to continue with that theme: I had a Crab Cake Sandwich while Sue tried their Shrimp Sandwich, both served with French Fries and Coleslaw at US$6.50 apiece. It was quite an enjoyable meal, combined with a brief respite from the sun. However, with the staff waiting to close-up, we did not linger long, settling up the total bill of US$23, including a beer or two with the meal and a tip.
Belize is not know for having access to great beef, but if you are in need of "surf and turf" Capricorn is the place to go. It is also a popular romantic dining spot. They will arrange a speedboat ride if you are staying at a nearby hotel.
Pizza in Belize is an odd choice, I know, but if you are looking for a quick cheap bite you can't beat Paulys. The crust is incredible and you get free Kool-Aid. So tasty we ate here twice.
Favorite Dish: Garlic Shrimo Pizza
Gorgeous beachfront location combined with excellent food,service and reasonable prices are the reasons that this place is obviously successful.
Favorite Dish: Lobster,shrimp.conch,catch of the day and so much more are making me hungry.
Without a doubt the best place in town to receive a tasty local meal for a budget price. I named this place the "local alley". I enjoyed a large plate of rice and beans with seasoned beef for my best lunch of my trip. Don't miss this place!
Favorite Dish: Rice and beans with beef with extra hot sauce.