The last four days I spent exploring Barbados, who worked on a hotel project to discover Barbados's finest restaurants and a local view of what makes the island so special.
This was the first time in the Caribbean if you do not count Cuba or Mexico. But I know it will not be my last. While the island itself is beautiful, it was the sincerity of the people that touched me most.
I traveled to a lot of places that are dependent on tourism for my economy and people are friendly everywhere. But honesty is something you can not produce.
Barbadians or Bajans, as they say, have little urban culture. When you walk through the street, you are expected to say good morning. When you enter a small bar, you will greet everyone. I come from a small town, I really missed it when I moved to the big city of Toronto.
Nevertheless, Barbados has the friendliness of a small town with the food culture you want from the city town. It is widely regarded as the culinary town of the Caribbean and its birthplace of rum.
I came to Barbados with 46 kinds of food on Barbados. It was a very difficult task, so between interviews with local ambassadors about their home, my dear hosts of tourism in Barbados tried to stop traditional Bajan food joints so that I could exceed as many items in my list.
My trip included encounters with a varied cross-section of the Bajans with many words about Barbados. From Chelsea Roett, a surfer, to DJ Puffy, who plays all over the world, to Lesley Chapman-Andrews Universe Barbados.
Then the experts came with the mixer Shane McClean and Chef Damian Leach, but my driver also dabbed his own idea that I had so many great designs. Then I went for a trip to Bridgetown with the Lickrish Food Tours, which blew me away with many great local restaurants in Barbados.
Nevertheless, no matter who I spoke with all their distinctions, there was such a sense of humility and sincerity. Someone told me that Barbados has the highest rate of return every year in the Caribbean and I do not know why.
Here is just a look at where to eat in Barbados.
I did not find all 46 items on my list. I missed so many great restaurants in Barbados, but that gives me reason to come back.
But it gave me a great sense of where to eat in Barbados. I had so many people who advised me where to get traditional Bajan food. I had no bad food, but here I learned.
Best Barbados Restaurants by Locals
Oistins Friday Fish Fry – Pat Pat
I first introduced Oistins because it is the most obvious answer to where to eat in Barbados. On Friday Night Fish Fry is an iconic event in Barbados and everyone goes.
On one side of the small street in Oistins there are tables on the tables of people who ride fresh hot fish from the grill. It can be chaotic but tasty. On Wednesday, all this is a scene with local music and lots of people dance.
I spoke to Rosita Precod-Bartlett, owner of Pat's Place (named after her mother who originally owned it) and shared that you could actually book in Pat, just call.
If you are not in Barbados on Friday, do not worry, Pat's Place is open all week.
Oistins Highway, Oistins
Open 7 days a week from 6:00 to 2:00
At home 2018 Chef of the Year Damien Leach and Junior Chef of the Year. However, it is located on the southern coast, where the food is stellar, but the expectation is lower price tag. On this side of the island, you get incredible food without great cuisine.
The menu is very accessible but also has plenty of interesting local dishes like the Barbadian lamb – do you know that Barbados has its own lamb? It was not. It's not easy to get but has a cocktail kitchen.
Chef of the chef Leach recommends firing pina colada, which is above: coconut, pineapple and cilantro sauce, accompanied by ginger and shell capsules, vanilla cream creamy cream, coriander emulsion, pickled pineapple and beet.
St. Lawrence Gap, Bridgetown BB15018
Open 7 days a week from 17:00 to 12:30
This was my most favorite place on the island because I think most of them are missing, yet all the locals are afraid of it.
While everyone is stuck on Friday night fish frying, Granny's Restaurant is tucked across the street with a constant flow of local residents.
It has been the foundation of Creole and traditional Bajanese food for over 30 years who first served street fishermen and local students.
I met DJ Puffy after visiting him, and he was so excited he was talking about his grandmother I wished to go with him.
Today, the restaurant has not changed much and many meals are still based on Granny Walcott's recipe. If you are adventurous, you must try the famous deep-fried chicken necks, stomachs and liver served with an amazing bayanese hot sauce.
I loved chicken neck, I loved chickens, but I was never a fan of the liver.
Personally, I think this is one of the Barbados restaurants to visit, to get a sense of local Bajan cuisine.
Oistins Highway, Oistins
Open from Monday to Saturday from 10:30 to 10:00 on Sundays
Restaurant with brown sugar
Just a few steps from the beach is the splendid heritage of Barbados home, where an incredible buffet lunch is served. If you're trying to sample local Creole and Bajan food, it's a great opportunity because there's everything, from cooked whipped cream to traditional Bajan puddings and dryers.
It was one of Barbados's most popular Bajan restaurants, so if you're trying to try everything, Brown Sugar is a great place to start.
Bay St, Bridgetown, Barbados
Open from Sunday to Thursday from 12:00 to 21:30, Friday from 12:00 to 30:00, Saturday 6-9: 30
The tapestry is located on Platinum Coast in Barbados, also known as celebrities such as Rhianna and Simon Cowell. While it's just an adult Treasure Beach Hotels, it's not like a typical hotel restaurant. Surely there is an impressive wine cellar, handcrafted cocktails and thematic dinner, but what struck me most was chef Javon Cummins.
Although he has won many awards as a chef and for his dessert (a survivor's note: most chefs refuse to "make" a dessert and often interpret it to a chef) is in fact rather mildly spoken and thoughtful.
Though there are tables overlooking the ocean, the best seats look out into the open kitchen Tapestry. While there is no Gordon Ramsay-like shouting and shouting, it's still the best look.
At the top, Chef Cummings is a great dining interpretation of pudding and biscuits, and it reminds me of so much food at Chef Massimo Botturo Osteria Francescana. Botturo was originally rejected by local residents for its modern adoption of traditional Italian cuisine.
Cummings took the most traditional Bajan food, and while most of the locals would never know his food, my dining partner, a self-proclaimed pudding and a slandered fanatic, said he had all notes and a taste of traditional Bajan food.
While I travel for traditional food, I really appreciate the chefs who try to interpret classics. It is worth arriving at the end of the journey after trying the classic Bajanese dish.
Treasure Beach Beach Hotel Paynes Bay, Saint James 00000
+1 (246) 419-4200
Open for dinner every day from 19:00 to 21:30
I first visited the east coast of Barbados to visit Chelsea Roett surfer in Bathsheba and immediately fell in love with this side of the island. It reminds me of a lot of Maui, especially on the way to Hanu.
Views are spectacular and Atlantis has a view of the water. While this is a great dining restaurant, it is best known for its Western Indian buffet lunch on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Normally, the buffet does not try, as I'm not the only person you could eat, but it's rather great food that meets the richness of Bajan and Caribbean cuisine. But do not expect him to get tired in the hot light. Let's say yes to a server that brings you fish cakes (some of the best on the island), then head to the buffet where you can order hot stations and lots of healthy salads.
Atlantis Hotel Dining
Tent Bay, St. Petersburg Joseph
Breakfast: 8:00 – 10:00, Lunch: 12: 30-3: 30, Western India Buffet Lunch: Wednesday and Sunday, Dinner: 17:00 – 20:00 Monday to Saturday
Cuz's fishing stand
Besides Oistins it is often the most sought after restaurant in Barbados, though it is not so much a restaurant but a fishing cabin by the beach that is famous for its fish cutter.
Bajan cutter is like a beverage made of salty bread and full of something salty.
After spending time at Pebbles Beach, I visited the shack that was in the parking lot at 2.00 pm At the fish knife with cheese and local beer Banks, nobody was around. I have heard, however, that the lines may take up to 45 minutes.
The fish cutter was great, I heard he was even better with an egg. However, I would not expect the tracks for 45 minutes, there are too many other wonderful Barbados restaurants to try out.
So my advice is to go early or late. Apart from the staff, they are great and you will have the opportunity to chat instead of feeling like another tourist in a row.
Cuz's fishing stand
Pebbles beach, Bridgetown
Open 7 days a week from 7:00 to 15:00
Hunter's restaurant and bar
Located in the historic center of Bridgetown, it is worth walking around because it is a place where local people work and shop. Hunter is for years, two places, one across the street from the other.
While there is much to eat and drink, it is known to be ham. Cheap and tasty, it's a great snack.
Hunter's restaurant and bar
4 Tudor St Bridgetown
I also loved it S & J Deli the ham that was popular with my driver. Hot sauce was a killer even though I used too much.
S & J Deli
Corner Greenidge & Hindsbury Road, Bridgetown
Open for breakfast and lunch from 6:30 to 4:30
Do not worry about pig's tail! These tails may look bigger than the curly ones you've seen or ate, and that's because it's really a vertabrae that is cooked and then grilled until it gets into the "shackley" and then fits into a delicious sauce. If you like ribs, you'll love a pig on Tim.
Tim is located in downtown Bridgetown, but it's upstairs and is so easy to miss. Look for the mark, then go up the stairs to the bar and to the right.
One of Barbados's finest restaurants for cheap and tasty food. It is filled with locals who are looking for traditional Bajan food.
For the best view and plenty of air, take your meal and then sit on the balcony overlooking the main street.
33 Broad Street, Bridgetown, Barbados
Open from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 16:00
One of Barbados's best restaurants according to local residents is Ryan's, which is packed for lunch for the traditional Bajan buffet just a few steps from Tim's.
It is a great choice that is cheap and is known for daily soup. Just like Tim, it's a great balcony, but it's getting loaded with local Bajans for lunch so you can get there before lunch.
RyAnne Restaurant and Bar
Broad St, Bridgetown, Barbados
Mustor's bar and restaurant
Opened in 1941, like many of them, it is one of the restaurants in Barbados, which seems to have changed in the dining room on the floor, but a few layers of color and color brands and free wifi.
It's no nonsense, the most important food, and Lickrish Tours brought me here because of the iconic couplings and flying of the fish along with my first taste of a Mauban drink that despite my face I really recommend trying.
Mustor's bar and restaurant
McGregor Street, Bridgetown
Open from Monday to Friday from 7am to 3pm, Saturday from 7am to 2pm, closed on Sundays
Normally I would not recommend fast food as one of the best restaurants in Barbados, which is actually lying. I love to try local fast food, whether it is Pio Pio in Panama or Bembos in Peru, fast food is definitely a local flavor.
And almost each he asked me if I tried Chefette's chicken sandwich, which is scarred (a trademark I first discovered in Perth County).
While it's like fried chicken, it's a bit healthier because it's just deeply fried for a minute and then cooked.
Chefette was opened in 1972 by a Turkic immigrant, and the island now has 14 Chefette places.
Location across the island, including the airport, with various clocks.
Where to stay in Barbados
I stayed at the all-inclusive Sugar Bay Resort, although I did not have much time to eat except breakfast. I enjoyed having breakfast for both international and traditional Bajanese food – who can refuse beans?
I liked it to be a smaller recreation center, just a few stories and it was the center of all the best beaches and restaurants.
Sugar Bay Resort
Historic area of Garrison, Hastings, Bridgetown BB15156
Map: Best Barbados Restaurants
Tell me what I miss a restaurant in Barbados? What are your favorite places for traditional Baja food?
Publishing: This Barbados restaurant contribution was brought to you as a result of the Barbados blog trip, which was created and managed by iambassador in partnership with Expedia and Visit Barbados. As always, I'm trying to find the best thing to share, so I've looked at 46 things you could eat in Barbados, but unfortunately 23 of them ate in just 4 days!
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