Simply Native: Eat Where the Locals Eat! YUM!
We asked a local who was selling stuff at the entrance to Lucaya National Park. She said the food was good and the seafood fresh and fresh-made. She directed us to go to the third stoplight on the way back (just before the Mall road where the International bazaar is) and turn left, and it would be two buildings down on the right. We found it with no problem, it was modest, not touristy, but nice enough looking. When we went in there was a family dining room on one side, and a bar on the other. The bar had a pool table and flat screen tv with a sports program going. The menu was hand written on a small whiteboard leaned up against the wall on the end of the bar near the door. Prices ranged from about $8-$14 which included an entree like barbecued chicken or cracked conch, and a choice of three kinds of rice, white, brown, and Conch rice, and two choices from a list of sides. We ordered to go and stood by the end of the bar to wait for the food.
We were encouraged to see that there were no tourists, only locals in the place. I had the cracked conch, my brother had the barbecued chicken, we both had conch rice, and potato salad, he had fried plantain and I had macaroni. We took it to go with some canned soda as we were in a hurry to get our rental car turned in on time. When we opened the food to eat about half an hour later, it was still plenty hot and tasty.
Favorite Dish: So, the chicken was tender, juicy, ample and drenched in a wonderful barbeque sauce. Cracked Conch is battered, deep fried strips, like clam strips. I found it to be delicious, also an ample portion, with a delicate seafood flavor and less chewy than clam strips. The plantain was ok, but my brother wished he'd gotten the macaroni instead. Macaroni and cheese is a standard side in the islands, and this dish was creamy, soft, and double layered thickly with melting cheese, I just wished there was more! We all agreed that the potato salad was the real star though, wonderfully creamy and seasoned with a rich combination of flavors. Best I've ever had, hands down, and we make good stuff in our family! It tasted like a combo of mayo and sour cream. Again, wish there was more of it. There was ample conch rice though, and it was wonderful also, somewhat like Spanish rice only darker, with just a little heat to leave a little warmth on our tongues and tender bits of conch meat and bits of sweet red pepper. We had to leave some rice. Even though we hadn't eaten since breakfast on the ship and it was after three, the quantities were more than we could finish.
Pier One: ASFUL
1. Shoney's-Quality Food
Actually, this is being unfair to Shoney's Restaurants. Shoney's food is at least edible.
2. Menu Misprints
Be sure to ask if the description on the menu matches what you will actually receive. Numerous "Misprints." When you order an item and it arrives not as described, it's the customer fault. Just ask the manager who expects you to read minds.
3. Items "Not Available"
Call ahead to be sure there's actually food. When we arrived, snapper, grouper, and shark items were out. That's half the menu. Enjoy your popcorn shrimp off the kiddie menu!
Do not expect to find ANY entree priced lower than $24.95. If you would like to pay that while you hold your nose to avoid tasting the food, be my guest. I did it once and should have read the negative reviews on a variety of websites before going.
Don’t expect to see sharks…if the wind blows more than 5mph, anytime from November-April, or during shark mating season. Of course, the restaurant doesn’t tell you this until you’ve ordered and then look over the rail to see the staff attempt to feed the rocks and empty ocean.
They get their 15% no matter what. We asked 6 times for a glass of water, SIX! The restaurant was practically empty.
7. The Drive There
We passed a number of other restaurants that the locals told us we should have gone to instead. Stop there before you drive all the way out to the harbor just to be disappointed.
Favorite Dish: Nothing.Related to:
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Port Lucaya: Save money on food
The food in the Sheraton and Wyndham is very overpriced. Head right across the street to Port Lucaya for a variety of food at much more reasonable prices. There is everything from fast food to formal dining! Enjoy!
Favorite Dish: Excellent food at the Greek restaurant - I think it is called Zorba's. Anywho it is the only greek place in place - great service and great food! Try the fried conch!Related to:
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