Sun and some hidden treasures. I love weddings especially in exotic locals. This one took me to the carribean to co-habitate for a week with our friends Al and Sanjay. Missus Tasty, our friends and I worked in a few food excursions in between the nuptial events our friends Andrea and Danny had meticulously planned. Overall Turks is not the most cultural of carribean islands but it’s damn beautiful.
Tiki Hut: An open air spot on the marina fits the “I’m in the Caribbean” vibe. The cold drinks make the food taste better but the standard menu is augmented with a few stand outs like the conch salad and fish sliders. Great for a group starting the party early before a pre-wedding dinner.
Danny Buoys: A British pub in the Caribbean. Remember, the new world had a lot of white people on ships visit it back in the day. Those white people still come from the mother land so to cater to a few of their favorites isn’t entirely crazy. We didn’t really follow teh lead and order British, except for the curry chips, which left a lot to be desired. The conch soup was delightfully rich and creamy keeping me content with our selection. Again, this is a spot you go for the beer selection over the food. A recurring theme as we explored the island.
Smokey’s: We finally decided it was time to seek out some local food and had been told that Smokey’s was the spot. Dark and in a remote strip mall we entered a fairly empty restaurant presumably after the lunch rush. The menu was again simple but this time more authentic carribean. We ordered a chicken, pork and fish dish with a sizable helping of rice and peas for good measure. All was authentic. None blew our minds but we’d go back for the selection and the local vibe.
Island Scoop: A great ice cream shop on the main drag. They have some unique flavors and even more unique patio furniture. The woman who runs this spot has several houses on the island she rents so if you are looking to get out of the hotel and sleep in a house, go for a cone of chocolate and ask about the sleeping options.
Delicious Dishes: We needed more local so the four of us took an island drive to seek out another joint. We discovered a jamaican spot close to the airport. We doubled up on plates ordering 5 between the 4 of us so that we could taste all the offerings. The curry goat hit the spot as the most authentic and delicious but the chicken and fish plates held their own as well. Filled with only locals we knew we’d stumbled into the right spot. That island love from teh satff and the patrons puts this place in the “must try” category.
Anacaona and Infiniti Bar: This place is known for their infinity bar. The experience is high end perched above the beach with great views. Sunsets are amazing here. The food is very pretty and prepared with expected standards that match the ambiance. We went on a recommendation from a long time Turks visitor. Although the ambiance is island perfect, I recommend drinks and snacks not a full meal. The conch four ways was the only standout that hit our table and that was mostly because of the diversity not the taste. Save your money and go back to Delicious Dishes.
Bay Bistro: The chefs at this place might be the best cooks on the island. The wedding we attended was catered by this spot. Although I didn’t actually eat at the restaurant every morsel at the wedding was delicious. At 1am the chef re-fired up the rill and made chicken and beef sliders. What’s not to love about that. Granted I was 10 tequilas in at that point but I still had enough taste buds working to know these were cooked to perfection and packed with flavor.
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