Italia: Busy Local Lunch Counter
The original plan was to go to a place called Pearl's because of their excellent reviews. However, we didn't have the address and "Pearl's" that we found may have been right but it looked empty and not at all as I had imagined. So we began looking for another local food spot and even those this was named Italia and sounded like an Italian place, we peeked inside.
There were customers and the menu listed local foods (pork, fish, chicken, provisions) and we saw a lunch counter where you could look at and choose your main entrée. So that's where we ended up. It seemed to be a spot where all the locals eat. Very busy--lines at the counter plus a booming take-out business. I was charmed by the vases of fresh flowers on the red plastic tablecloths covering each of their 5 tables (each seated about 4 people).
Favorite Dish: They were so busy with the local lunch crowd that we didn't feel right asking very many questions when we were making our selections. Three of the four of us got fish--bones in every bite and none of us liked our dish that much. My husband chose pork and he wasn't very happy either. I'm just not sure whether it was us, whether we needed some table sauces to perk it up or whether everyone was just in a mood. The plates came with bland beans and so-so rice. I was intrigued by the provisions...one of them was dasheen, which I had never had before and I love trying something new. This is a place I would definitely go back to at a less busy time--so that I could ask questions about the dishes and also about what sauces were available to add spice.
Connie's Beach Bar: Picture perfect location
The perfect combination of black sand, blue sea and glorious sunsets. Great food, very friendly people and delicious homemade fruit juices. Nice terrace.
There is no menu to choose from - this is a small restaurant off the tourist path - but they serve tasty local fish specialties cooked to perfection.
I highly recommend it if you are in or around Mero area. Reservations are required for dinner. If you can, go there for dinner - as I said, the sunset is unbelievable.
Favorite Dish: We had steamed fish with vegetables and salad - very good.
Papillote Restaurant: Great restaurant with wonderful gardens
Perfect location on the road to Trafalgar Falls, the restaurant has very nice views down the Roseau Valley and a wonderful garden.
Very nice atmosphere with an impeccable service.
The gardens are worth a visit - they have nice trails and the setting is beautiful.
Favorite Dish: We tried the daily kettle soup - Callaloo Soup and the Steamed Fish in Banana Leaf which were both delicious. I wanted to go back for the Green Papaya Chicken Salad, but we didn't happen to be in the area again. Don't forget to get a taste of the Breadfruit Puffs - delicious.
They have a good assortment of dishes you can choose from.
Purple Turtle Beach Club: Perfect location in Portsmouth
The restaurant is perfectly located on a nice beach in Portsmouth. You can enjoy the wonderful Caribbean view, take in some sun and/or unwind with a drink on the terrace.
Creole dishes of chicken, fish and steak are served daily. Unfortunately, they didn't have the crayfish available when we were there. We tried the goat, fish and chicken dishes and they were all very good.
You can stop there if you plan to visit the Cabrits National Park (which I recommend) or if you plan a day at the beach.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish was the Creole chicken and my other half loved the goat. They were both served with a small salad and a combination of dasheen, potatoes and yams on the side - which is customary with most local dishes.
La Robe Creole Tavern Restaurant: My favorite restaurant is...
Authenic island CREOLE (Kweyol) food
My favorite restaurant is La Robe Creole. This is a slightly pricey Creole restaurant located in downtown Roseau, the capital city of the Commonwealth of Dominica. I highly recommend this.
If you want something quick and familiar I'd suggest Kentucky Fried Chicken. It's open until 11 P.M.
The staff wear traditional Creole dress. The restaurant looks like a restaurant from the early days and the food is evident with Dominica's African, French, English, and Carib Indian influences. The locals don't generally frequent this attractive little place as do the Europeans and business people.
Favorite Dish: The younger waitstaff can be a bit, well, noisy. Make certain to be very clear of what you are ordering and point to it if need be in the menu. My favorite item is the coconut fried shrimp. Scrumptuous!!! It's served with a type of Creole buttersauce. $55 Eastern Caribbean dollars.Related to:
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A open air food court can be found adjacent to Ross University near Portsmouth. A good selection of food catering mostly to the students but a good choice for anyone looking for a quick informal bite.Related to:
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Don't remember the name of the place. But Callibishie is a beautiful beach front stretch loaded with restaurants with local food...or hamburgers and fries. The view is beautiful and the options are plentiful. We ate at a beachfront place that had Cowboyish swinging doors with a black and white checkered floor.
Favorite Dish: The fish was good!Related to:
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The Best Options for Dining out: Chicken curry and roti
Not too many places to eat out in Portsmouth, besides some local pizza joints that cater to the Unversity's students (Portsmouth has a medical school that attracts students from seemingly all over the world). The best place for lunch was a local stand that served wonderful chicken roti that was served like a burrito and it was yummy. The place for dinner was a Chinese resturant located on back road that did a pretty good take out and sit down dinner. Other than that make sure you stay somewhere that has a kitchen and bring lots of your own food. It will make all the difference!Related to:
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Scott's Head (can't remember...
Scott's Head (can't remember the name) .. it's the only one up there, and is on the ocean (can't say beach). Great food, great scenery .. the only problem> The flies ... they are like experienced dive-bombers. They appear fomr nowhere when the food is served, and disappear just as suddenly when the last morsel is gone.
Favorite Dish: The Lobster .. grilled
Fancy - The Fort Young. A...
Fancy - The Fort Young. A Beutiful old Fort.
Favort restuarant - Sun Set Bay & Blue Bay.
you can see the cruise ships from ft. Young. The atmosphere is relaxing. Sun Set Bay & Blue Bay are on the sandy beach and have good food!
Favorite Dish: Somewhere on the Island you should try the Mountain Chicken (frog Legs) They are really good and very big!
There is no question that in...
There is no question that in Puerto Plata the best resturant is Cafe Ceto. It is owned by Tim Hall, a former Torontonian. If your looking for fast food this isn't the place for you. But if your looking for great food, wonderful atmospher, and friendly people, this is the place to go.
The quiet,layed back atmosphere is what makes Cafe Ceto. Sit back have a drink or two and eat the best food on the island. The food prices are very resonable.
Favorite Dish: The meun is't huge. But you can have the best steaks on earth, fabulous lobster tails, chicken and salads.
For the most part, I ate at...
For the most part, I ate at the guesthouses where I stayed--both Roxy's and the Carib Territory Guesthouse had good Creole homecooking. One of my best meals was at a small place across from the Ross University School of Medicine where I had some delicious fish, rice, provisions (officially called ground provisions--they are root vegetables) and beans for about $4US.
A lot of Dominican cuisine was created with fruits, vegetables and herbs that grow rampant throughout the island. In the Carib Territory, the Caribs have farms on steeply sloping hills and it's hard to believe that the farmers wouldn't tumble down the side. Vegetation is lush on the island and on any given walk, you'll find herbs and flowers growing wildly. Obviously, the photo to the right is not of an edible plant.
Favorite Dish: Don't leave Dominica without having a dasheen croquette (dasheen is a root vegetable--taro), some callaloo soup (callaloo are the leaves of a dasheen plant--similar to spinach), and some bakes--fried biscuit-like cakes (bakes stuffed with tuna are delicious)!
La Robe Creole: La Robe Creole
You will be served local food in a relaxed atmosphere, served by waitresses in traditional brighly coloured skirts. Even the tables wear the same colours.
Always remember to ask what local juices are available.
Floral Gardens serving...
serving succulent crayfish, local agoute, a rabbitlike forest animal, goat and manicou, the local possum, smoked over a fire are served overlooking the river. Enjoy live music in the reception area daily.
Favorite Dish: My favorite items were the Creole chicken with rice served with ground provisons and Caribbean bread. Sample the many 100% natural juices including hibiscus, local grapefriut, cherry, mango, and passionfruit.
Double House Restaurant: Savouring the moment
A Dominican friend suggested a stop here for lunch. The food, drink and view left a "must return" desire. Remembering the Marlin I ate still makes my mouth water.
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