The Islands’ cuisine offers an array of fresh seafood and shellfish. You’ll find that lobster and conch are found in most restaurant menus. Land turtle and deer meat are also staples of this fabulous cuisine. It’s certain that African traditions influenced the islands’ gastronomy. This is evidenced in certain dishes like pepper pots (spicy stews) with seasoned rice. Dining in Antigua and Barbuda offers great variety.
On the second island, you’ll find great Barbudan cuisine. CJ’s Diner is the right place to enjoy fresh conch with rice and salad. Salt fish is an important dish, and very popular among locals.
Don’t miss Eda’s Joint, known for well-prepared pepperpot, as well as dishes made with land turtle and deer meat.
If you’re in the mood for seafood, Wa O’moni is a small air conditioned shack, serving mouth-watering lobster and conch platters. Do not miss the dumplings made from fresh coconut.
For one of the most sophisticated restaurants, visit Albertos. It’s located atop a cliff overlooking Willoughby Bay. This is an ideal place to sample seafood and Italian cuisine. Islanders recommend it for an evening of romance.
A very elegant spot and worth the expense is the Lobster Pot. The chef’s specialties include light puff pastries. There’s live music and dancing on weekends.
Bay House at Trade Winds also boasts fabulous cuisine among elegant surroundings. You’ll enjoy the continental style dining. Specialties include tender steaks and fresh seafood, with nuances of Caribbean flavors.
Le Cap Horn offers two dining sections. The casual side of the restaurant serves the best pizza on the islands; the elegant dining room offers a rich atmosphere and superb seafood. Note that the lobster dishes are among the favorite. It’s also been said that Le Cap Horn is home of the best desserts.
Tip: Do not miss rum cake topped with home-made mango flavored-chiffon cream.
Both islands offer an immense array of casual restaurants. The Beach Restaurant is a favorite of locals, and offers a large menu with Mediterranean and American specialties. It’s located on Dickenson Bay. It’s somewhat expensive though offers a very relaxed and casual atmosphere.
For a different type of gastronomy, visit the Fisherman’s Wharf on Chutneys Fort Road. It’s popular for great Indian cuisine. The curries are a must.
Other fabulous places serving Mediterranean style gastronomy include Abracadabra on English Harbor. The pastas are a favorite.
For the sophisticated flavors of French cooking, come to Chez Pascal; you’ll love the fresh grilled fish.
You can also enjoy great dining in Antigua and Barbuda at the many small eateries that offer good Caribbean cuisine at inexpensive prices. The most popular is Millers by the Sea, where locals enjoy a platter of conch and the famous Caribbean rum.