I travel pretty extensively and if you were to ask me what my favorite part of globe-trotting is, I’d tell you that — hands down –it’s eating my weight in local cuisines. Some of my favorite moments while traveling were spent around a table eating a delicious meal with my family. Luckily my children have become miniature foodies, so it’s not hard to pry them away from exciting activities and destinations to sit down and have a little nosh.
For some reason, we end up in the Bahamas almost yearly. It might be because it’s a tiny slice of heaven on earth, or it might be that mom (that’s me!) plans most of the vacations and likes herself a little bit of surf, sand and delicious seafood. Either way, I’ve found that I’ve racked up a list of favorite Bahaman restaurants to share with all you potential travelers.
Flying Fish – Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island
It might seem like a cliché to say Flying Fish represents gourmet dining at its finest, but it’s the absolute truth. It’s miles above the other fine dining establishments in the area, so you’ll find the high prices are absolutely worth it.
The servers were incredibly knowledgeable about the menu and so attentive. This was only added to by the presence of the owners, who came out to every table to chat with the diners and answer questions. It seemed as if the entire restaurant staff was there to take care of us!
My mouth was watering just from reading the menu, but when the food showed up I was absolutely stunned. It was imaginative, artfully presented and insanely delicious! I highly recommend the lion fish and the sea bass. Be sure to save room for their enchanting desserts!
Cappuccino’s Italian Restaurant – Lucaya, Grand Bahama Island
One thing you’ll find about traveling in the Bahamas is that “island time” definitely exists. Many establishments open late, close early and have service that is slow at best. Cappuccino’s is a delightful exception to that rule! Open until 10, you’ll find yourself welcomed with open arms into this lovely Italian restaurant.
The staff was exceptionally friendly and the service was superb. Not only was our food served up at a lively pace, our server was charming and talkative.
The food was fantastic! We had escargot, house made cheese, pasta putanesca and lobster. The bartender is an absolute doll and was generous when mixing our drinks. We’ll be returning to Cappucino’s on our next trip!
Front Porch – Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera
If you’re looking for a home away from home, look no further than this sweet little pink building. Laid back and comfortable just doesn’t cover Front Porch! Be sure to get a reservation, or they might not open at all!
We were the only diners at the restaurant and Francis and Gina – the lovely owners – took the time to have a real conversation with us. We learned that all the seafood is fresh caught and prepared by Francis daily, which is amazing! We were only there for two hours, but it felt like we became part of the family. They were so wonderful and inviting.
We had stone crab and Bahamian lobster, and let me tell you, it was so good that I’m practically drooling just remembering it. The food was just to die for and the view of the sun setting over the bay was the perfect ending to our meal.
da Perk Coffee Shop – Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera
Dining in the Bahamas can be expensive and it’s sometimes hard to find something that’s tasty and affordable. That’s where da Perk comes in! Resting comfortably in Governors Harbor with seating both inside and out, this comfy little coffee shop is the perfect place to grab a quick bite.
The manager was really sweet and taught us a lot about the nearby beaches and other features of the island. We had a couple of delicious breakfast sandwiches and espresso and took a meat lover’s quiche to go (which we later devoured while relaxing on the beach). Don’t miss their cheesecake, it’s absolutely heavenly!
Did I mention they have free Wi-Fi?
Cafe Matisse – Nassau, New Providence Island
After listening to a friend rave about Cafe Matisse, we decided to try it for ourselves and see what the big hub-bub was. Let’s just say that we weren’t disappointed! The ambiance is perfect, especially if you manage to get seated on the upstairs balcony, as it overlooks a beautiful garden.
Thanks to the fabulous (and very prompt) service, my children didn’t get bored and restless. We shared the calamari appetizer (amazing!) and the cannoli. The menu is changed every three months, so we’re definitely looking forward to trying something new and exciting on our next visit.
If you jet off to the Bahamas any time soon, be sure to hit up one (or more) of these fabulous restaurants. Tell ‘em Sue sent ya!
Susan Crown writes on behalf of Holiday Place, a UK travel agency that specializes in tailor made holidays. When she’s not eating (which is rarely), she enjoys building blanket forts with her children and hypothesizing on where exactly Spongebob’s home of Bikini Bottom is located.
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