I can’t remember the last time that I made a hobby out of eating in different restaurants around the world. All I know is that it makes me happy, fills me with excitement and makes my mouth water every time I see a new menu and try a new dish at a new location.
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St. Vincent has so much to offer, but one of the most special things to me is having the ability to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, and great food all the time. The local restaurants are special as well as you can definitely feel those Caribbean vibes and flavors. This will not be the only post with local food recommendations but here are some to get us started, and hungry!
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RESTAURANT: Paradise Beach
RECOMMENDED DISH: Callaloo Soup + Stuffed Crab Back
Paradise Beach restaurant is tucked away on the southern coast of St. Vincent and The Grenadines. It is a great place to appreciate the view of Young Island and enjoy a typical local meal. Waves gently caress the shoreline, and the simple yet clean decor gives Paradise Beach a laid-back and tropical ambiance. Customers can enjoy local rotis made out of fresh conch, chicken or beef that are packed with ground provisions (a local term used to describe tannias, sweet potatoes, eddoes, and yams). An essential local food is callaloo soup, which is made with the leaves of the dasheen plant; it’s a dish that represents the diverse mixture of cultures. It has a distinct flavor that stands out with its thick, rich consistency, similar to spinach with a hint of spice, thyme, pumpkin, and coconut milk. This soup can be paired with a stuffed crab back, which is filled with spicy seasoned and baked crabmeat. The meal is bound to leave the diner satisfied.
RESTAURANT: Bungalow by Flow
RECOMMENDED DISH: Plantain Fish Strips
Bungalow is a spacious open-air restaurant on the seafront with a calm, relaxed vibe. The music selection is modern, which gives the restaurant an up-beat feeling. In a truly Caribbean fashion, the manager comes dancing to welcome guests to Bungalow. The picturesque view is of neighboring Islands of Bequia and Young Island. The menu is a great combination of local cuisine and international dishes that include conch fritters and mouth-watering plantain fish sticks. They are crispy, and the garlic and herb aioli combination makes clients want to lick their fingers. Most appetizers are served with a homemade sweet mango sauce that is the perfect addition to these crunchy delights. For a main dish, the chicken roti with mango chutney will make for the perfect base before an afternoon swim at one of the nearby beaches.
RESTAURANT: Caribbean Flavour
RECOMMENDED DISH: Jerk Chicken
Caribbean Flavour is a very local St. Vincent & The Grenadines restaurant that utilizes organic produce to make authentic Caribbean cuisine. The prices are affordable – with only $16.00 E.C Dollars, (approx. $6.00 USD) a customer can enjoy a platter of spicy, succulent jerk chicken with a variety of sides including sweet potato, peas and rice, plantain, coleslaw, dasheen, and mashed potatoes. Seasoning is a big part of this cuisine, and through the jerk chicken found in this spot, one can sample local herbs, spices and hot peppers used to give the chicken a piquant flavor. Chicken and pork are extensively eaten in the islands, and the seasoning and the use of unusual vegetables creates the interesting and delicious food heritage that is on offer to all who visit these shores. Dress for Caribbean weather and sample the local beers to cool down – these local joints and their excellent spicy foods will heat the body up! No website so just ask around and any local will know where this restaurant is!
RESTAURANT: Grand View Grill
DISH: Pulled jerk chicken sandwich
Grand View Grill is located on the gentle shores of the south coast of St. Vincent & The Grenadines. The restaurant has a beautiful view of Rock Fort, Balliceaux and Bettowia islands. The easterly breeze flows gently through the coconut trees near the shoreline keeping this location cool. Decoration is simple, colourful and open. Friday is “Jerk Night;” chicken, pork, and fish are offered with an assortment of ‘festivals’, which are cornmeal dumplings. Other days, if clients are in the mood for jerk chicken, they can try the “Pulled” jerk chicken and coleslaw sandwich, which bursts with delightful flavour. Don’t leave without trying the tasty handmade warm coconut bread and butter pudding with caramel sauce and ice cream. These meals will leave customers feeling content and ready to take on an afternoon or nighttime party.