The best places to dine together for a family visiting this pricey Caribbean hot spot.
From our recent visit, we found very little that distinguished itself as Cayman cuisine and, unfortunately, none of the top-dollar silver and linen places we tried stood out.
Our family did enjoy eating at:
Kaibo Bar and Grill (345/947-9975), North Side. How ’bout outdoors, sand in your toes, watching the waves and some small boats. Quiet, a few birds, no clocks, no problem. Come here for good pasta, burgers, a mean conch salad, and lots of atmosphere.
Cafe Mediterraneo (345/949-8669) Galleria Plaza, SMB. Authentic Mediterranean cuisine with indoor and outdoor seating.
Lone Star Bar and Grill (345/945-5175), SMB. The sportsmen, adventurers, and big drinkers who frequented Hussong’s Cantina in Tijuana must have decorated this popular place. Who wouldn’t love gooey Mexican fare served under a canopy of autographed T-shirts and team banners. Boisterous and friendly crowd.
The Wharf (345/949-2231), SMB. Reservations recommended. Open daily for lunch and dinner; dinner only in summer. The Wharf is one of many dockside restaurants where seafood with a continental flair is featured. Its real calling card is the 9pm tarpon-feeding session. Apparently born of diners’ innocent tossing of leftovers to prowling tarpon, this now-routine feeding frenzy is hosted by waiters with hundreds of spectators joining in. Expensive to dine in, but a priceless show.
The Cracked Conch by the Sea (345/949-5217), West Bay. It’s one of the few island landmarks worth a visit. Because all food, fish and produce are flown into Grand Cayman, here’s your chance to try the island’s few products fresh from the sea. They do conch every which way and well as fritters, as tender filets, breaded for cracked conch, as a conch burger, conch stew, and a marinated salad. Fresh turtle is served as filets in gravy or as burgers the kids wouldn’t touch it but turtle meat is how pirates survived shipwrecks off these cruel shores for centuries. There’s an extremely rich garlic lobster and deep-fried and tasty coconut shrimp. Everything is interesting on the menu, portions are large, and there are some fine desserts. Families will like the pirate decor and pretty pier-side setting, and the half-price kids’ menu helps out on the tab.
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