There is always a mix of 3 day tourists, 3 month tourists and expats hanging out here. The 2 big screen TVs make watching the Soccer World Cup, Rugby World Cup or the Superbowl a fun experience. There's also a pool table and dart board. Pool tournament nights get entertaining. It's a laid back place with good food, good prices and great people from all over the world.
Favorite Dish: Hands down my favorite here is the pizza. All the ingredients are great, and many standard and unusual choices such as the "cheeseburger" or "nacho" pizza. The price and size are great too. If I am really hungry I can eat the whole thing, but generally half of it goes home, for the 2nd best -- cold pizza for breakfast. :)
I had a tradtional honduran breakfast earlier this year and it was possibly the best breakfast I've ever had during my vacations in Utila. They offer REAL fruit juices and very good coffee. Finding this place is tricky because you cant see the restaurant sign from the Main Street. Utila is very small, so just ask for directions.
Favorite Dish: Honduran Breakfast is fantastic. Also tried some very good tacos!
La Piarta restaurant is the best stocked bar and grill in Utila. The menu is vast and caters to all specialties of steak or seafood. Local flavors as well with the Honduran chef well versed in the art of fine dining. Lavished attention to the guests with the "good old back home standards" of customer service, is the modus operandi. Personally I loved the decor and romantic backdrop of the pirate theme. At night, everyone who is in town all go to the La Pirata for the best sound system. Party central for the guys and girls of Utila and great dinning for the rest of us.
Favorite Dish: The calamari is excellent, but I would suggest the Santa Helena Blanco to assist in this fabulous selection.Your pallet will thank you later! The house sauce is fine but I suggest your own collection of herbs. La Piarta can accommodate many additions to the sauce ingredients, just ask the chef. The fresh calamari is the best in the Bay Islands and only to be found at La Pirata restaurant.
The Bundu Cafe is a very interesting place to go and eat. It is run by a couple of Canadians who have brought an ecclectic taste of home and mixed it with a local flavour to make this a unique place. The food was great, and they have Canada Dry gingerale (try to get that anywhere else in Central America!). They have tables and really comfortable bench seating around low tables. Part of one wall is a library. For about a dollar you can exchange a book with one there. Check it out.
Favorite Dish: Had a really great hamburger there.
The restaurant at the Mango in is a very nice place to eat... It is outdoors, surrounded by the hotel and Mango trees. They have an assortment of seafood as well as a pizza oven. Everything I've eaten there was delicious.
Favorite Dish: The pizza, especially, was very good. The service can be slow... especially when you're accustomed to the speedy service in the U.S.!
Daves is one of the best restaurants on the island and for 4-5 dollars for dinner, you cannot beat the value. Open Mon. -Sat. starting around 6.
Favorite Dish: Dave's enchiladas and curry are to die for. He goes out each morning and see's whats fresh in the market and that is what ends up on the menu. Menu changes every night. But, there is always fresh seafood, and enchiladas, gumbo, lasanga and curries make frequent appearances.
This restaurant is located on a wooden deck over the water on the main road in Utila. It is directly in front of the Coco Loco bar. The place doesn't look like much, but the food is really, really good. The lobster is the best I ate on the island. And, as with everywhere in Utila, it is very inexpensive.
Favorite Dish: Lobster - fresh, cooked and seasoned well and inexpensive.
Munchies is located in the famed Island House building on Main Steet, and it's wrap around porch and Iguna Garden in back make this a great place to meet friends for a "liquda melon" or other smootie type cold drink. Check here for information on day trips to the outer cayes, and to look for notes from other travelers on the board. Sitting on the porch is probaby the best place on the island to people watch, as everyone passes by this main street eaterie at some point in the day. The interior is done island style, with wooden walls, and varnished wooden floors. The handbuilt bar is a great place to sit and chat with locals who drop in for a bite to eat, or a cup of coffee and a little conversation. The staff is a mix of islanders and the occasional world traveler who add spice to the mix. It's not unusual to have your waitperson speak to you in whatever your native language might be. Friendliness is the key here.
Favorite Dish: Breakfasts are great here, and fast becoming somewhat famous for their value, ~ and that you can get it all day long. I tried this after reading about it in the Blue Moon guide to Honduras (Bay Islands), and it was right on the money. They also have a chicken dish seved on banana leaves that is out of this world. You can even get a cheese burger here!