A variety of options await you when dining at the resort restaurant (and no, you do not have to be a guest to eat here... just walk up the beach and grab a table). Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served everyday. Dinner is either a 3-course fixed fare (usually around US$30 a person), or you can order off the menu. While it is not reasonable, it provides the atmosphere for a relaxed, intimate dining experience with a special someone, so it should be experienced at least once.
We were down to our final night in Hopkins, after a day enjoying swimming and watching the Manatees off-shore, as well as a day-trip to Dangriga. While on the beach, we asked one of the long-time visitors what they would recommend for an evening meal spot. The answer was just down the street from us - check out the Watering Hole Restaurant, especially for their seafood!
By 6:30 PM we had made the short stroll down the street and were the first customers to enter the premises - not too promising looking from external appearances. However, we were quickly seated and our meal and beer orders were seen to by a very friendly Belizian lady, who seemed to be running the show and looking after the cooking too. It was not long before a large group of 10 entered and they were soon followed by others as the small building quickly filled up - it looked like the good reports had made the rounds!
Favorite Dish: Sue and I went with the catch-of-the-day recommendation of the chef: Filets of Pan-fried Grouper cooked in Onion, Garlic and other sauces with Coleslaw and Vegetable Rice (US$10 each). Washed down by a Belikin beer or two, this was a fantastic meal - this lady really knew how to cook fish! It reminded us of some of our great Barramundi (Papua New Guinea) and Nile Perch (Zambia) meals we had enjoyed during our life-time of travels! Despite the full house of customers, their meals seemed to be arriving right on schedule as well. Based on the popularity of the place, I would recommend getting there early if you happen to be in the area.
The morning after our Pizza experience, and following a rooster crowing at 5 AM along with the persistant shrill calls of a Boat-Tailed Grackle in the palm tree outside our hut (counter-balanced by the lapping sound of the waves) we were up by 7:30 AM ready to tackle the world again. We decided that it was time to give our hosts a chance to see what they could do for breakfast.
Located in a large, bright and well-done room beside the street parking lot area, this was an appealing place to sit down for some food while we figured out what we would do the remainder of the day. As you can see in the photo, I had my Moon's "Belize Handbook" ready for reference material.
Favorite Dish: The lady who seems to run the Whistling Seas soon appeared from the kitchen to serve us hot coffee and tea. It was not long before we placed our orders: Sue deciding on Orange Juice and French Toast to go with her Tea while I went for 2 Eggs over medium, Bacon rashers, Pineapple & Orange slices, a piece of homemade Creole Bread and coffee (US$10 for the lot plus a small tip). Although the service was a bit slow, we were not in any great rush as we discussed the trip events thus far and planned for the day. Altogether, not a bad meal at all.
On our first night in town, the couple accompanying us had spotted a street sign extolling the virtues of an oven-baked pizza joint. It was something they craved, so we all agreed to have a look for this place. After initially setting out on foot, clerks at the supermarket in mid-village told us the restaurant was still a long way north, so we back-tracked in the now showering weather to grab the SUV. By just driving north and following the 2 or 3 signs pointing the way, we soon found the Bela Beya in the darkness. The wind was blowing quite strongly and the rain was still spitting, so we immediately went inside and grabbed a table. It was not long afterward that the place really began to fill up. It did not take Sue and I long to figure out what we wanted, but our partners decided to order a half-half pizza with different ingredients. The problem was, depending on which ingredient was ordered, it might cost US$0.50 or US$2 extra if it was tomato instead of onions, etc. After much negotiating the waiter finally took their order and then ours.
Favorite Dish: We seemed to wait a long time as various orders were brought out, including one for Sue and I that was not what we had requested. Finally, our friends order arrived and they began to chow down, since it had been close to an hour since we arrived. They continued to eat while we continued to wait for a long time until finally, just as they had finished their meal, our simple order of a 13-inch pizza with Mushrooms, Onions and Black Olives (US$10) arrived. By that time, Sue and I were ready to head back to our room to enjoy our meal with a couple of beers from our fridge - so we had a slice each and asked to settle up. At this point the owner came out and said they don't normally do take-outs, but she gave us an old plate and wrapped ours up. As for the other pizza, she said the math was too complicated for a half-order with differing ingredients and charged them a standard price for their pizza. Once we got back to our cabana, Sue & I enjoyed a couple of slices each and put the rest in the fridge. The pizza was actually quite good, with me having a piece for lunch the next day and a final piece going for breakfast on our last day in town!. The morning after our meal, we drove back and thanked the lady for the plate and she invited us in for a look at her wood-fired oven! I actually think the restaurant does a good job - they were just overloaded with customers that night.
At the hotel restaurant you get whatever Peta decides to cook that night, very homely! We had curried chicken with rice and green beans which was delicious and so beautifully presented. They also have a TV which was fantastic as we were here just after the Tsunmai disaster and could keep up to date with CNN. The breakfasts are always good. All meals cost BZ$10.
Hopkins/Sittee River Road, Hopkins Village, Hopkins, Belize
Good for: Business
False Sittee Point, Hopkins, Belize
Good for: Couples
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