The shack is a locally oun restaurant made with bambu,and painted with rasta colours.what make this place in Little Corn Island so special is the food they serve its base on the tradition and culture of the afronicaraguans,evrything is cook with coconut oil and coconut milk.they serve breakfast all day, so if you miss your breakfast you can allways have it at the shack.they serve only coconut bread,locally planted breadfruit,and fried plantin.also have the coldest bear on the island.actually have the best view on the harber of the island,nice to sit and watch the sun set.the staff is verry friendly and can give you the history of the island...if you are looking to make a fishing trips or a snorkling adventure you can also reserve here at the shack with Cap.Willy Gomez verry profetional and will provide you with total guess satisfaction with experience over 15 years of the sea life.
Favorite Dish: Our favorite dish is the RUNDOWN(it is a stew in coconut milk with fish and locally veg and roots)for breakfast ask for the special french toast made from coconut bread and coconut milk.
The Shack, run by Wyclif (a local), is the place to get the coldest beer on Little Corn Island - really! It is in front of Tranquilo's and about 100m south of the panga dock. I am not sure how he does it, but all the restaurants serve luke cool beer, but Wyclif sells beer that has ice on the outside and is FREEZING cold and amazing in the heat. You will 100% percent be able to tell the difference. I promise. The Shack also sells beer at a bit cheaper than the "gringo" frequented locals, yet has the same views. Wyclif was also very friendly and made excellent eundown. My wife and I headed here everyday in the afternoon to grab a couple Tona's and listen to Bob Marley and other raggae while watching the boats come and go. The name is descriptive of the place, and Wyclif is planning to expand.
If you want to go fishing, ask Wylclif about Willy. Willy will take you out for about $35 per person (depending on amount of people). My wife caught 2 x barracudas, 1 x kingfish, and 1 x jackfish in an hour. Good times.
Favorite Dish: Rundown. Soup with a huge fish sticking out of the bowl...can't beat it.
After arriving on the Little Corn all my taste buds were itching for Caribbean flavour, the famous rondón. The dish is mostly prepared at home for family occasions and it's not easy to find in a restaurant. They can make it for you if you but you may need to order it a day in advance, as it takes a long time to prepare. I talked to Carlito's sister Tila who owns and runs the restaurant Color View, and she said she could make it for us. We agreed for the next day at 6pm which was right after the sunset. Color View is a little home-style restaurant located along the village's main drag. On a platform across the path, right above the sandy sea shore, it has three separate tables under the thached roofs, from where it is a great view across the sea with the Big Corn Island in sight.
Favorite Dish: As I mentioned, we had rondón, which is a rich Caribbean seafood casserole, usually prepared with yucca, yam, green plantains, breadfruit and dumplings, slowly cooked in coconut milk. The name comes from 'whatever the cook can run down', which means, whatever the fisherman brings that day. Tila prepared it with fish, lobster and shrimp. The restaurant seemed to be famous for its fruit juices (which were not so easy to get on the island) so we both opted for fresh pineapple juice.
This was the most delicious rondón I've ever had!! So good that I wanted to have it again on my last evening. Unfortunately the restaurant was closed on Sunday. Seeing my big disappointment, Tila said she could prepare it especially for me. But she asked if we could come earlier (at 5pm) that she could attend the mass at 6pm. So the next day at certain hour she was waiting for us. As the restaurant was ofricially closed we had to sit on the backyard. The rondón that she made had a little different flavour. She said it was her grandmother's recipe. It tasted really heavenly, even better than the previous time - if that was at all possible!! The portions were huge and it was only 165 cordobas each (December 2010).
And there was another surprise! Tila knew I was leaving very early in the morning when there was no breakfast served yet. So she brought a loaf of freshly baked fruit bread with cinnamon to take with me. It was also made by her grandmother's recipe. I was deeply moved by her immense kindness and gladly gave her US $ 5 tip.
Thank you kindly, dear Tila! Some day I will be back and hopefully have more of your most delicious rondóns :))
Casa Iguana is an amazing ocean front eco lodge situated on a rocky cliff of the remote and breezy southeastern side of the island. Fifteen colourful solar-powered wooden cabañas are clustered around a hilltop lodge featuring a wide veranda where guests and visitors are welcome to join for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or just to enjoy cocktails and lounging with the best view on the island. They have the largest book exchange on the island and internet is offered a couple of hours a day through a satellite connection.
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In Casa Iguana they use organic vegetables, fresh herbs, fruits, chicken and eggs from their own farm. Seafood is gathered daily from the surrounding sea. Rain water is collected and they have a private well for drinking water.
Great breakfast is served every morning from 7am to 9:30am. It's a choice of traditional gallo pinto (rice & beans), eggs, pancakes, coconut french toast, granola and fresh fruit juices. Each selection is accompanied by a bowl of fresh native fruits and a self-service fair trade organic coffee. Lunch and snacks are also available, but dinner (which is served from 7pm to 11pm) seems to be a real treat. A three course meal, using local ingredients and freshly caught fish, is prepared every night by professional chef who graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. They post each day's specials in the lodge so advanced notice is greatly appreciated. Usually they have two menus and there is always a vegetarian option available. Surprisingly, I never dined in Casa Iguana. It was a little out of the way to go there to order dinner in advance. I was told I should at least try their delicious breakfast. So one morning I took a walk along the sea to their lodge. After breakfast I spent quite some time exploring their beautiful gardens.
Favorite Dish: It was difficult to chose between a variety of savory and sweet breakfast options as everything seemed delicious. Then finally I made a decision: coconut bread. There were four pieces in the portion, served with maple syrup and three kinds of fair trade organic jam (orange, passion fruit and hibiscus). The taste of the warm fried coconut bread was heavenly, it just melted in mouth. Coconut bread was accompanied by a bowl of fresh tropical fruits and a self-service fair trade organic coffee. A very delicious breakfast. I would certainly have it again if I ever come back to Little Corn.
All the breakfast options were 6 US $ (December 2010).
Attached to the Little Corn Beach and Bungalow is the Turned Turtle bar and restaurant, which offers some of the most mouth watering food on the island. Comfortable, tastefully furnished eco friendly bungalows and the restaurant are located only a short walk from Carlito's place, and are owned by a friendly Canadian couple, which we had an opportunity to meet during the dinner. It's a very tranquil place surrounded by palms and other tropical trees, with a few tables steps from the sea, and hammocks hanging between the trees, giving it a unique beach atmosphere.
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The restaurant serves up wonderful meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner. All dinners are four-corse meals which consist of starter, salad, main course with vegetables and mashed potatoes or rice, and a tasty homemade desert (cake and ice cream). The menu includes seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. They have the best selection of wines on the island which comes from Chile, Argentina, California and Australia. And don't forget to sample their famous Margarita or Piña Colada.
We found the staff (all Nicaraguans) very friendly. They did everything to please their guests. The one who served us dinner was such a sweet lady, and the cook personally came to our table asking about the food.
Favorite Dish: On arrival we cooled off with frozen Margarita and both agreed that it wasn't so famous without a reason. It was undoubtedly the best Margarita I ever had. So good that we later order another one. We did not wait long until they brought us starter, guacamole with their homemade corn chips and then the salad. For the main dish I opted for grilled red snapper with vegetables and rice, while Richard had filet mignon steak with french fries. And finally came a tasty homemade cake with homemade ice cream.
Everything was most delicious and prepared with a great care. All in all, it was a very special dinner, as for the quality of food and also for the ambience. Turned Turtle seemed to be the most expensive restaurant on the island. But 50 US $ (December 2010) for a dinner for two, including drinks and tip, was actually quite a good price.
Tranquilo Cafe is a small café/restaurant with quality food and good service, located on the main strip by the sea, in the centre of the village. This is the social hub of th island, a place to go to meet up with other travelers or just chill, with one of the best sunset views on the island. Tranquilo Cafe is also the Little Corn Island night spot with great laid back party atmosphere, famous for its Bonfire Parties, 'Pub Quiz' and DJ nights. It also features WiFi, a gift shop offering a variety of local crafts, T-shirts and postcards, along with travellers necessities.
Tranquilo Cafe serves delicious appetizers, such as bruchetta and 'catch of the day' ceviche, and entress include chedder cheeseburger, fish tacos, quesadillas and more. They also sell fresh baked desserts. You should try their chocolate chip and peanut butter cookies and brownies, they are divine. This is also the place to go for fresh brewed hot and iced organic Nicaraguan coffee, fresh local juice drinks, cocktails and cold beer.
Favorite Dish: I was staying on the other side of the island so this was not the place where I usually went. But I heard about their fish tacos so I wanted to give them a try. The two tacos filled with pieces of fish, rice & beans and cabbage. They came with french fries and a mixture of chopped tomato and onion. I had a glass of fresh fruit juice with the food. It was a great lunch, especially the fish tacos were really delicious!
I was staying in one of Carlito's beach front cabañas and it was great that the place also had a bar and a small restaurant. Sunrise Paradise is a wooden structure with a terrace facing the sea. The front wall is decorated with an underwater world motif. Inside you find a reception/bar with a pool table. On the beach there are a few tables with thatched roofs providing shadow, and a few hammocks to relax.
They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers fresh catch of the day and the island's favourites like lobster and shrimp (both can be fried or in garlic or tomato sauce), and Carlito's famous fried chicken. Dishes are from 6 US $ - 12 US $ (December 2010).
Favorite Dish: Although I actually never dined there, it was very convenient to get a cold beer. In the morning I usually bought freshly baked coconut bread sold by local children on the beach, and then had a coffee at Carlito's place. It was served in a pot with a lovely underwater world motif (again!), containing enough coffee for 2-3 cups. Breakfast is served from 7:30am to 10am.
The service was friendly. It was always nice talking to Carlito. He is an awesome person that knows everything about his native island and has some amazing stories to tell.
It was very convenient to have Richard as a cabaña neighbour. He was staying on the Little Corn Island for a long time so he knew it pretty well. He tried most of the restaurants and was easily accepted as my guide to the culinary delights of the island. First evening he brought me to Comedor Casona, a cute little family run restaurant close to the village, on the path from east to west side of the island. The owner is Elsa's son Risdel, a fisherman who also offers snorkeling excursions while his wife is the cook.
The restaurant is made up of a tin shack in rasta colours where the cooking is done, and an outdoor dining area with a thatched roof. The surroundings is very pleasant, with lots of trees and decorated with conch shells, giving it an enjoyable native atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: We ate here twice. The first evening we both had grilled lobster which was served with rice and tostones (Richard opted for french fries instead). It took quite a while for the meal to be served so be prepared for that. We noticed the owner had to go to the shop to buy the ingredients for the meal. Ther lobster was good but I had better ones before. We though it was not fresh from the same day and the owner confirmed. We rinsed up the dinner with Toña beer.
The next day I went snorkeling with Risdel. I asked him if he could catch a conch and then prepare it for dinner. And he indeed caught one. Sautéed in garlic sauce was quite delicious. Richard had another lobster and he said it was better than the previous evening. I had Toña beer again and Richard Coca Cola. Each dish was 10 US $ (December 2010) which we found very affordable. Note that the price for conch and especially lobster is a little higher, while other dishes are between 5-7 US $.
A light blue house in the middle of the jungle, just off the path between the east and west side of the island, is Rosa’s restaurant, owned and run by friendly Rosa. It has a pleasant outdoor seating with three tables, covered with red and white tablecloths. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They have a good menu and are inexpensive as far as island prices go.
The food is cooked fresh when ordered and there is a wide variety of dishes, not only seafood (their lobster in garlic sauce with coconut rice and vegetables seems to be really good) but also vegetarian which I found limited elsewhere on the island. Their breakfasts are quite popular among travellers and I was thinking about giving it a try since my first day.
Favorite Dish: Rosa offers the widest choice of breakfast options on the island, including eggs, omelettes, French toast made with coconut bread, fruit salad, fruit juice and coffee. I opted for vegetables omelette with french toast made with coconut bread, fruit salad and coffee. Great breakfast, and at US $ 3 definitely the best bargain on the island. Would have eaten there again if I had tried it earlier during my visit.
Located right off the docks, Fisher's Cave is a breezy restaurant overlooking Brig Bay. It's a favourite of tourists and locals waiting for the panga to Little Corn. I was staying in the hotel next so it was very convenient for my late lunch/early dinner. The restaurant has a few tables inside. But I found it much more enjoyable sitting outside on its large veranda, especially for the sunset. During the day you can watch the scene full of activities - boats unloading passengers and cargo, and fisherman with their catch of the day. The indoor seating area has a large glass window so you won't miss the sight either.
Fisher's Cave has great seafood though the service is rather slow. But who cares? After all, I was on holidays, and not in a hurry at all. Was enjoying the cold beer and the view while waiting for the food. The menu has a wide selection of freshly caught lobster, shrimp and fish. They also serve breakfast.
Favorite Dish: I was craving a lobster in coconut milk since my last trip on the Caribbean so it was quite obviously that I was going to have one when the opportunity finally occured. And it was a very good choice. The lobster was sweet and soft, and the coconut milk with green pepper gave the dish its caribbean flavour. It was served with tostones, rice, salad and a piquant supplement. I had a cold Toña beer with the food.
The restaurant is open daily from 7am to 11pm. They only accept cash.
Anastasia's has great seafood. I saw the fish come in, cleaned, taken into the kitchen, cooked, and served all within an hour. The Kingfish was awesome. The ambience is also out of this world. The service was great too.
Favorite Dish: Kingfish al vapor
The reason we went here was because of the fact that it was Canadian. This place's main feature is that it is a hotel but since the rates were really pricey, only ate here. I found the food to be tasty but could have used more garnishes. I had the lobster tails but it didn't come with melted butter which I guess is not a standard in Central America. The restaurant was open and very clean and open air. The time it took for food to come was about normal. It was an enjoyable meal in which I would recommended people trying at least once. One interesting thing about this place is that it has a Canadian phone number.
Lobster, lobster, lobster. Served in several different ways. Go before sunset and watch the sun drop into the ocean over a smooth glass of rum, coke and a fresh lime.
Remember to bring a flashligh if you're staying on the far side of the island as walking the path after dark can be tricky.
Favorite Dish: Lobster...well it's lobster.
Food was alright. The atmosphere was VERY cool. If you sit on the patio, you'll have a GREAT view of the port! If you look down, you'll notice that they have an "natural aquarium" - rocks have been placed to "trap" some turtles and large fish. It was fun to watch the sealife while we waited for our food! This restaurant is directly next to the entrance to the port. If you are going to Little Corn Island, it's a very convenient place to kill some time while you are waiting for the boat! NOTE: Papas Fritas (French Fries) are called "Papas de la Francescas" on the menu...
The location is excellent - it is on the main road overlooking the ocean! Service is slow in comparison to American expectations - take it easy and remember that service is "island-style!" We received a phone call while we were there - which was WEIRD - but it was our hotel calling to make sure we were alright (we were taking our time) and I suppose the staff at Seva's figured out who we were because we were the only gringos there...
Favorite Dish: Seva's vegetable soup is the BEST soup I have ever tasted! WONDERFUL! Very good food!