One of the exciting parts of visiting a new country is trying out the local cuisine. When choosing a restaurant, many factors come into play such as price, type of cuisine, health conscientiousness and kid-friendliness. Be sure to check the restaurant rating and any reviews from people who have eaten there. Reviews can give you an idea of the level of service at the restaurant and the type of food, but keep in mind that everyone’s palette is different. We’ve provided a list of some of the popular restaurants in Turks and Caicos Islands.
- Bagatelle Bistro
- Bay Bistro
- Bella Luna
- Calico Jack's
- Coco Bistro
- Coyaba Restaurant
- Grace's Cottage
- Lemon Café
- Magnolia Wine Bar & Restaurant
- Mango Reef
- Pirate's Choice Bar & Restaurant
3 slices bacon, diced 2 tsp ground allspice 2 bay leaves 1 sprig thyme 1½ cups chopped onions ½ cup chopped celery ½ cup chopped carrots ½ cup chopped green pepper 1 habanero pepper, minced 2 garlic cloves, minced 4 cups tomatoes, chopped 6 cups shellfish stock 4-5 medium potatoes, chopped 2 lbs diced conch meat
In a large pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until browned. Remove bacon from pot. Add onions, celery, carrots, and bell peppers to the bacon fat and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until soft. Add the hot pepper and garlic. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add the stock and potatoes and bring to a boil. Add the herbs, reduce the heat, and simmer for 25 minutes. Add the conch and cook until the meat is tender, about 20 minutes. Remove bay leaves and thyme. Serves 6-8.
Settlers from all parts of the world have influenced the cuisine in the Caribbean. Popular elements of Caribbean cooking include spices such as pimento, ginger, nutmeg, garlic and cloves. Many of the Caribbean islands use spicy peppers such as the scotch bonnet, habanero and jalapeno peppers. Jamaica is most famously known for its spicy jerk seasoning, while Grenada is known for its use of nutmeg and Cuba is popular for it’s garlic and lime marinades.
Many of the islands produce their own brand of beer and rum, such as Red Stripe and Appleton Rum in Jamaica, and Banks in Barbados. Along with these popular alcoholic drinks, be sure to try these non-alcoholic drinks: mauby, Ting, ginger beer, carrot juice, Irish moss, coconut water, soursop, sorrel, horlicks, mango juice and guava juice.