Bahamian Cuisine, a Vacation for the Palate and the Soul
Give in, it’s okay. You’re on vacation. And your diet should be too. The lure of the the sun, sand and surf may draw travelers in, but the culinary culture of The Bahamas is the secret ingredient that keeps them around. From simple dishes to exotic Bahamian and International menus, the food scene in The Bahamas can be found roadside, beach side and in fine restaurants. Bahamian recipes often mix bold flavors from goat pepper to fresh citrus and the fruit-based island drinks will leave you refreshed.
For Bahamians, dining is an experience, an opportunity to spend time with family, friends and meet new people while enjoying local delicacies. So, relax, indulge your palate, get some insight on local culture, and maybe make some new friends at the local fish fry – there’s one on every island.
It’s not surprising that fresh fish and seafood are the stars of Bahamian cuisine. Favorites include the local spiny lobster, conch (‘konk’) land crabs, fish such as Grouper, Yellow Tail, Wahoo and Red Snapper. Boiled, broiled, fried, grilled, blackened or steamed it’s always delicious. Even baked macaroni and cheese is better in The Bahamas with its extra kick of pepper. Peas and Rice is a Sunday dinner staple, mixing pigeon peas, bacon, onion, celery, thyme leaves, hot pepper and rice.
Island Hot Spots
Nassau and Paradise Island have a wide variety of dining options that will satisfy everyone from finicky kids to gourmands. Want a taste of local culture? Spend the evening at the fish fry at Arawak Cay for Conch salad, Grouper fingers or cracked conch, or drop by Potter’s Cay Dock for lunch. They will make scorched conch while you watch. For a 5-star experience, find award-winning fare at Graycliff Restaurant, the only establishment to receive this stature in Nassau.
The fourth largest island in The Bahamas, Grand Bahama Island’s culinary offerings mirror its attractions – a blend of possibilities sprinkled with natural and charming treasures. Roast conch, a Bahamian specialty can be found all over the island. For unique cultural dining experiences, venture out to the Wednesday night fish fry at Smith’s Point or the Mini Crab Fest held every Friday at The Churchill Garden Bar next to the International Bazaar.
The breathtaking beauty and serenity aren’t the only things visitors should take advantage of while visiting the Out Islands of The Bahamas. Beyond Nassau, islands like The Abacos, Andros, Bimini and The Exuma Islands boast some of the world’s finest fishing sites, delivering fresh caught fish to local restaurants and hotels. Every island has a fish fry which is as much about good company as good food.
The Islands Of The Bahamas have a place in the sun for everyone from Nassau and Paradise Island to Grand Bahama to The Abaco Islands, The Exuma Islands, Harbour Island, Long Island and others. Each island has its own personality and attractions for a variety of vacation styles with some of the world’s best scuba diving, fishing, sailing, boating, as well as, shopping and dining. The destination offers an easily accessible tropical getaway and
provides convenience for travelers with preclearance through U.S. customs and immigration, and the Bahamian dollar at par with the U.S. dollar. Do everything or do nothing, just remember It’s Better in The Bahamas. For more information on travel packages, activities and accommodations, call 1-800-Bahamas or visit www.Bahamas.com. Look for VisittheBahamas on the web on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To purchase one- of-a-kind items from The Bahamas, visit www.eshopbahamas.com.
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