Old River Tavern: Local Flavor & View of The Old Belize River
After visiting the Community Baboon/Monkey Sanctuary and Museum (WWF sponsorship per the sign), our motorcoach tour stopped at the Old River Tavern, located in the settlement of Burrell Boom, and right on the banks of the Old Belize River. This lunch was included in our excursion, and so we walked up to the counter and were handed our platefuls of food from the lady who was cooking that day. This was probably pretty basic fare, but we had a delightful lunch anyway. The weather was humid and the table and chairs were plastic, but I enjoyed sitting on the open-air, thatched-roof terrace area which was only about 50 feet from the river. The tavern employees were very courteous.
(Are your photos once posted to VT degrading? Sure seems mine are.)
Favorite Dish: I thought the lunch of stewed chicken, rice and beans and "coleslaw" (this was really what we normally call a tossed salad) was very tasty along with a cold, bottled soda. I was thought it was a shame that a lot of families with their children didn't finish their food because I am sure that there are people in this country who wished they were eating this good. I thought the meal was quite good and a nice way to sample local dishes. It seems like if you're going to spend the money to bring your children all the way to Belize, you could teach them to eat something besides Chicken McNuggets!!
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The Tropicolada Restaurant: Taste authentic Carribean food
This is where we rested for the airconditioning! After shopping at the Fort George' Crafts, we came here for lunch. The restaurant is the most decent one that we can find close to the seaport in Belize City.
The restaurant is very clean and it is airconditioned. The weather in Belize is very hot and humid and after walking for awhile, it was a treat to come here.
The restaurant is spacious. The walls are colored in yellow green. It has a computer on the side of the restaurant where customers can check their email.
We ordered Carribean food (Tropicolada wrap and Ceviche) while my husband tasted the Belize beer!
My children ordered their famous dish which is chicken and chips.
Favorite Dish: s5The Ceviche and the Tropicalada WrapRelated to:
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Coningsby Inn: We Strike Out!
The Coningsby Inn is a nice-looking establishment on Regent Street (especially compared to most of the other buildings), located only two blocks down Regent Street from where we were staying at the Seaside Guest House. We had taken a Sunday afternoon walk in that direction to have a look at historic old Government House (closed like everything else on a Sunday as we found out) and spotted the Inn on our way by. I noticed that they had a billboard out front saying that evening dinner would be served and thought this would be a good place to avoid another fiasco like our attempt to find a Sunday lunch. Our guide book also said: "There's a plush second-story bar and restaurant".
Favorite Dish: Not particularly wanting to walk the neighbourhood streets in darkness, we fronted up at the Coningsby Inn by 6 PM and rang the door buzzer to be admitted to the premises. A young girl of about 14-15 years old let us in and ushered us upstairs to the second floor restaurant and bar. It was an L-shaped room with a big TV in one corner, a bar at the bend in the "L" and seating around the corner away from the TV. All the windows were closed, making the room hot and stuffy. There was not another person there and the menu was quite basic - our only choice was the traditional Chicken, Rice & Beans washed down by our traditional Belikin beers. The young girl did it all, served our beers then went into the kitchen and, after a while, returned with our plates. She sat out of sight watching the TV while we ate our very bland meal. We paid our US$10 and cleared out for our accommodations. Another failed attempt at an uplifting local meal experience!Related to:
(CAN'T REMEMBER NAME OF PLACE): CAN'T REMEMBER THE NAME OF CHINESE CAFE
UNFORTUNATELY I CANNOT REMEMBER THE NAME OF THIS SMALL CHINESE CAFE LOCATED JUST A FEW DOORS UP FROM THE MARINA TERMINAL. HOWEVER, THEY SERVED NICE CHINESE FOOD ESPECIALLY THE WON-TONS WITH DELICIOUS SWEET CHILLI SAUCE AND THE OWNER (OR WHO I ASSUMED WAS HIM) WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND MAKES YOU FEEL WELCOME. YOU CAN ALSO BUY SOUVENIERS FROM BELIZE HERE.
* IF ANYBODY READING THIS KNOWS WHICH PLACE I'M ON ABOUT THEN PLEASE EMAIL ME THE NAME THANKS.
Various: International Airport
We had a couple of occasions to eat at the International Airport. The first was when we returned our rental vehicle at noon and had to wait for arrival of the Bird's Eye View Lodge shuttle to take us to Crooked Tree. That time, we sat upstairs in a modern and air-conditioned part of the Arrivals area (at the right side of this photo), where we ordered a Thai BBQ Chicken Burrito and a couple of Belikin beers. The single burrito was huge and more than met our needs. The prices were not bad either for a 'captive' airport environment!
Favorite Dish: On our final day in Belize, we were so fed up with Belize City that we again arrived at noon, after checking out of the Seaside Guest House, even though our flight out was not due to leave for 4 hours. It was a grey and drizzly day already and we figured we would have more fun just getting the check-in formalities completed and then relaxing in comfort instead of trying to pretend we were having a good time in the city!
Our restaurant this time was another nice modern one, up on the top level of the building, but over closer to the Control Tower. We celebrated our overall fantastic time in Belize with glasses of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon (US$7.50 each) and also orders of Chicken Wings and a Club Sandwich, both with French Fries. I think the total cost came to about US$30 with a tip, but I was using up my left-over Belize $ so have no exact record. While we were there, the weather became steadily worse, eventually turning into an outright Tropical downpour the likes of which we had not seen in our entire 3 weeks. Our decision to chill out at the airport was looking good! We wrapped up with some shopping for T-shirts and then climbed aboard our Delta Airlines flight to Atlanta, Georgia!Related to:
You have to have at least one meal at Marlins which is right next door to the Belcove hotel on Regent street. When you first walk in you think it is such a dive but I like to call it character. Everyone greets you, from the bare foot kids playing on the floor to the policeman enjoying a Belikin at the bar. There is no menu you can choose from chicken, pork or beef done however they decide to do it that day. If they have flour tortillas you are in luck because they are divine!!!
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I had sandwiches from the supermarket. I can't recommend any restaurant, but you will get some rice and beans everywhere.
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