Food for the soul, or the hungry.
You’ve traveled a long distance, or maybe not too long, but traveled nonetheless. You’ve arrived at the beautiful destination of The Abacos, and can’t wait to check into your room and begin exploring. As you’ve unpacked all of your things, and are ready to head out, you feel a grumble in your stomach. Airplane food and airport snacks just won’t cut it when you’re looking for some good eats. Of course you can always head on down to the Firefly Bar & Grill (listed below as this is a don’t miss destination) for lunch or dinner, but you can also head out on the town to a variety of restaurants that will surely fill you up before the hunger takes over!
You’ll be sure to find plenty of delightful dishes ranging from many types of fishes to crabs, rock lobster, and conch. There is casual dining and if you want a fancier flare, you can find some upscale dining as well. Since there is an abundance of places you could eat, we will keep it simple and put our top 5 recommendations which will range in style and price. These are not in a particular favorited order.
- Wally’s – You can find this lovely pink colonial villa across from the marina on Bay Street. It’s dressed up with green grasses, white-railed verandas and hibiscus. You could say this is the most popular destination for food. You’ll find a mix of tourists and locals dining here, and won’t find a shortage of cocktails to quench your thirst from the stylish bar inside. There are three dining rooms with plenty of seating. Dinner is served every night except Sunday and the menu includes creamy curried shrimp, whole lobster or a filet mignon smothered in a mushroom sauce, as well as a daily sashimi. Don’t forget to save room for Bahamian bread pudding with coconut and raisins drenched in a brandy sauce!
- Da Blue Hole (Formerly Curly Tails) – Head over to the harbor for some lunch and dinner at Da Blue Hole at the Conch Inn Hotel and Marina. You can enjoy your meal outside on the open-air deck if you’d like. Lunch time calls for burgers, conch fritters or salads for the lighter fare. Dive into some tender mussels, pan kissed tuna or tasty risotto during dinner time. You can also find an assortment of sushi. This is also a great spot for island sunsets during happy hour.
- Abaco Inn Restaurant – Head to the main lodge for this gem. You will experience vibrant Bahamian colors and a breathtaking view of the ocean displayed through floor-to-ceiling windows. Grab breakfast, lunch or dinner in classic island style. Freshly baked bread, colorful fruits and a variety of egg dishes will help you start your morning during breakfast. Make sure you don’t miss some of the freshest seafood on the island like spicy cracked conch or grilled grouper during lunch. Bite into some yummy hot snapper, mahimahi or grilled wahoo for dinner. Ask for a table on the enclosed patio overlooking the ocean when you reserve your table!
- Pete’s Pub – You can find this outdoor tiki-hut restaurant and bar next to Pete’s Gallery. Enjoy wiggling your toes in the sand during dinner for a nice beach vibe. Make sure you try the coconut cracked conch, mango grilled grouper or grilled lobster salad. If you want to be a part of the local scene, don’t miss the wild-pig roasts during big events This can be a further drive for some, so we recommend calling prior to going to make sure they are open for dining.
- Firefly Bar & Grill – Many folks say Firefly is a don’t miss dining experience when visiting the Abacos, and we can’t disagree. Pull in with your boat, or head on over by land and grab some refreshing cocktails. You can’t go wrong with any drink since this gem is owned by the developers of Firefly Vodkas and the bar carries the full line. You may have some trouble choosing something to eat, though, with the extensive menu of delectable dishes. Of course you can’t go wrong with seafood, since that’s the speciality in this Abaco haven. Lunch and dinner are both served here, and you’ll find plenty of options for the little ones as well with the kids menu.