Caffe Bellini mare: Restaurants at La Marina
We did not have the opportunity to eat at this trendy-looking, little restaurant. It was too early in the day for much to be happening with the restaurant as I'm sure it did not serve breakfast. But it could be considered an option for a nice lunch along with the several other restaurants in Plaza Portofino of La Marina, such as Caribbean Coffee & Tea, Limoncello, etc.
Neptuno's: Fresh Seafood
Situated directly along the shore overlooking the beautiful bay of Boca Chica, this is probably the most famous restaurant in Boca Chica. Well known for fabulous seafood, many Dominicans travel an hour from Santo Domingo to enjoy this romantic dinner spot. It is also a popular lunch spot on weekends. Reservations are recommended.
Favorite Dish: we'll im not a fan of seafood... i suggest some Cordon Blue Chicken! :D
At Cayo Levantado you will find wide range of sea food mainly.
But it doesn't mean you can't get for example grilled chicken...
There are many outdoor restaurants at the back of the beaches that offer a really good and fresh meals...
Favorite Dish: I recommend a light snack of lambi with lime sauce and grilled fish or lobster. Very tasty :)
the pic's refering to the main restaurant entrance in the all inclusive resort hodelpa . like all the other resorts is a self service restaurant offering all kind off food, drinks, fruits and deserts and generally with fully satisfaction.
on the beach
at the island included in the package a wonderfull lunch is served on the beach.
a great exprience eating of bounds and on the paradise itself.
another fondest memorie of the saona island escape.
TRUE DOMINICAN FOOD
First of all, the food beeing offered at most, if not all hotel's restaurants, villas and such, it's not the actual "Criolla" food eaten by mainstream dominicans, for a tourist to sample the actual taste and flavor of the island, you'll need to avoid such places and eat at local restaurants, wich can be easy to spot, since you won't see many others than locals there, second forget everything you had been told about what not to do(concerning eating in other places other than your all-inclusive or hotel issued) and get ready to surprise your mouth with rich and textured food that will make your tongue twist in pain(since there's so much you can eat and taste), the "comida criolla dominicana" it's by far so much of a mixture of international and culture's meltings that one can not begin to explain it's tastes, for example: the most common mistake tourists have is of having eaten the "Sancocho" at the resorts and classy restaurants, these are very far from the actual thing, the local Sancocho is made on a single pot, over a low and yet intense charcoal fire on an "Anafe" that's a very extensively used and rudimentary iron range-like thing which uses charcoal, the pot is covered with large plantains leafs that seal the aromas of the boiling meat in the pot, all the meat used in these Sancochos has just been gotten fresh as in just cut-up in the local 'matadero"(meatmarket), this applies as well to the vegetables, making a Sancocho it's more of a social happening than a culinary one, and you can't have a sancocho without "Aguacates"(Avocados), or "Casabe"(Cassava).
If you really want to taste the real Macoy, then by all means go to the local spots, and have some "Butifarras, Longanizas, Tipiles, Niños Envueltos, Pastelon de Platanos Maduros, Pipian de Chivo, Mondongo, Mofongo, Locrio de Pollo, Carne Mechada, Tripas Viejas, Pasteles de Platanos en Hojas, Arroz con Pollo, Pimientos Rellenos, Carne Frita Salada, Pastelitos de Yuca, Empanadas, Boffe, Chicharron de Puerco, etc. Don't forget Una Presidente "Ceniza"Related to:
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Although there is some variation between different countries, the general meaning of 'criolla' is people of European ancestry born in the Americas. When used in reference to food it means food of the colonia times often combining native ingredients with the style of European kitchens and foods introduced from outside the Americas.
This is generally a solid "meat and potatoes" type of meal but with beans and rice. The term is not applied to pastas or other foods of a purer European origin or Asian origin.
Favorite Dish: Pork, beef or fish ala criolla. You can expect a red tomato based "sauce" kind of like 'pico de gallo' of Mexico.Related to:
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La Ranchetta: Lobsters in Las Galeras
A lost restaurant after the hotel Casa Marina Bay, a simple restaurant drived by a couple of frenchies-they come from Perpignan- and a B&B with five rooms with horses rides .
The best cooking are lobsters, wich are freshes and tasty, cooked on a BBQ.
The other meats are few interesting.
Favorite Dish: Lobsters
Casa Boda: Las Terrenas....Todo del mar...
Just on the beach in las Terrenas before the fisherman place, a little white and blue restaurant, with a "Cocina vasca" very tasty and good.
Numerous local cocktails, and a good chilian whie wine.
Favorite Dish: Calamar en su tinto
Armando: A small classy restaurant in Puerta Plata
Small (about 12 tables), elegant (table cloths and fine tableware with classy decoration of the place), great food (I had sea bass ala creole, wine, coffee and flan.) and attentive professional service. I even overheard the owner accommodating special requests as if his clients were multi-millionaires. All this at very reasonable Dominican prices. My guess is that it would cost you four times the money for the same dinning experience in NY or London.
I do not believe that this quality of dining experience can found in any of the all-inclusives.
Favorite Dish: Only ate here once. The fish was fabulous. The food seem prepared as if by a great chef except the portions were quite respectable.
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Go All Inclusive
Normally I don't recommend people to go All Inclusive as it's definately cheaper to go ala carte and your not tied to the hotel feeling like you need to make that extra fee you paid for all inclusive worth your money. But in this case, unless your staying in Santa Domingo - go All Inclusive as there are very few & far between resturants in these parts. Same goes with Nightlife. Unless your staying in Santa Domingo, don't expect to go kick up your heels in town. The town is basically made up of residential areas, a school & perhaps a shopping mall or 2, but that's it, other than your occasional roadside vendor. So do yourself a favor & pay that extra fee for All Inclusive. You won't have to hassle with money at your resort when eating or drinking.Related to:
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If food is your #1 concern, don't be concerned!
We ate at a few out of the way restaurants and the food was amazing, the water in our resort was fine to drink, they also provided bottled water. For those who don't enjoy seafood (?!?!?!) there was plenty of "American Style" food, which was made exactly like home.
Favorite Dish: SHRIMP! LOBSTER! CRAB!
Wow, what they say about the food here is true..... first thing u wanna do when u get home is eat some serious Mc.D's hahahhaha..... the first night it was ok but as the week wears on the food gets really bland..... i say stick t the basics.
McDonald's, Burger King, etc.: Fast food places
Yes, it's everywhere. McDonald's, Burger King, and other fast food places are present in Santo Domingo and other bigger towns and cities. Once while driving around town in our bus, we saw a Burger King place, and since Caolan loves it so much, he stuck his head out the window like a dog!Related to:
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Street vendors: Fast food Survivor-style
There are a lot of vendors in Santo Domingo and at the beaches that sell food. Usually fresh fruit, water bottles, seafood, coconuts, etc. Sometimes with the coconuts, they'll poke a hole in the shell, and put a straw in, so that you can drink the juice. If you haggle the price, you can eat it for very cheap. Just remember that if you buy fruit, only buy it if it isn't peeled. Otherwise, it's not sanitary since other hands have touched it.
Also, if you're not planning on buying anything, ignore the vendors. If you talk to them at all or even just look at them, they'll get very pushy.Related to:
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