Most of the hotels have high-end restaurants that vie for the title of best dining depending on who has the best chef at any given time. Here’s a quick list that we’ll look forward to fleshing out with your reviews.
Classy and expensive on the ocean
Pink Sands: “Caribbean fusion” cuisine in a chic, terraced garden setting
The Dunmore: Four-course gourmet dinners in a semi-formal atmosphere directly on the beach. 242-333-2200
Runaway Hill: A formal, fixed-price meal in a sleek, tropics-meets-New York setting. Reserve ahead. 242-333-2150
Coral Sands: Respected cuisine in a friendly, comfortable setting 242-333-2350
Classy and expensive on the bay
The Landing: Romantic colonial style and streetside tables for people watching. Also recommended for Sunday breakfast.
Romora Bay’s La Cantina: Churascos style meals overlooking the bay, 242-333-2325
Rock House: 242-333-2053
Mostly for Lunch, Classy Beach Bars
Sip-Sip: (lunch only–image fearueed atop this page) Home of the famous lobster quesadilla
Coral Sand’s Terrace: Recommending the shrimp po’ boy
Pink Sand’s Blue Bar: Queen of views
Less formal and moderately priced
Acquapazza at Harbour Island Marina: Italian cuisine with a flair of Bahamian flavors, and a great $15 hamburger. Great view of the Harbour on the south end of the island. 242-333-3240
Valentine’s Bar and Grill: Food and setting most likely to make you feel back at home in the States. At Valentine’s Marina on the south end of Bay Street.
Ma Ruby’s at Tingum Village: Good simple food in an informal vine-covered courtyard. At Tingum Village just south of town on Colebrook Street.
Avery’s: Like having dinner at the home of a local with patio seating. Try Lobster-on- a-stick. Colebrook Street across from Seagrapes, near the library.
Casual Meals and Take-away
Sea-view Takeaway: Best sloppy conch burger, now with shaded seating. At the foot of Government dock.
Wade Higgs Seaside takeaway: Fresh fried fish up by the fishermen’s dock on Bay Street
Broadway Takeaway: Mark Arthur’s favorite cracked conch. On Dunmore by Johnson’s Grocery.
Queen Conch: Conch salad fresh before your eyes. Up by the fishermen’s dock.
Sibyl’s bakery: Baked goods and sandwiches. North end of Dunmore street.
The Deli: Gourmet Sandwiches and breakfast one block up King Street from Pigly Wigly
Sweet Spot: on Bay Street across from the fishermen’s dock. Homemade ice cream, breakfast, lunch.
Arthur’s Bakery: Lobster sandwich and grilled Cuban sandwich used to be the favorites. But that was before we introduced our jerk chicken cesar. Right in the heart of town. No favoritism, but check out our Menu.
Ayais Candy Shop: Ice cream for $1 on Pitt Street
Sugar Rush: Bakery on Pitt Street serving pastries, breakfast, and lunch
Brian’s BBQ: open only Fridays and Saturdays. BBQ ribs, chicken, and pork with all the Bahamian sides. Teri Murphy’s Friday favorite.
Three Sisters Lounge: Limited menu of local food in a tiny kitchen nook. Around from Cash’s liquor on Love Lane.
Marty’s Conch Salad: on Bay Street behind the straw market
Dunmore Street Takeaway: Bahamian and Haitian food
Sammy’s Sports Bar: The new kid on the block across from the Fishermen’s dock, where locals watch games and play dominoes.
Harry O’s: Local dishes and daily specials can be eaten on their patio over the bay near Fishermen’s dock which can be rented for parties. Call for delivery: 333 3478.
Open on Sundays
Tropic Hut: Pizza, Hamburgers, and ice cream. Across from Arthurs Bakery.
Angela’s Starfish Restaurant: Non-resort prices for simple local dishes at formica tables or in the courtyard. North end of Dunmore Street.