When you’re literally surrounded by the freshest fish, shrimp and lobsters, it’s easy to imagine that seafood is the mainstay of Exuma’s top restaurants. And while that is true, a great steak or superb pasta can also be found on the islands.
Let’s start our culinary journey just west of George Town, at Shirley’s at the Fish Fry. Shirley is one of the most creative chefs on Exuma and her spicy pork chop with a Cantonese sauce, served with macaroni and cheese, will leave you both speechless and full.
Santanna’s Bar & Grill in William’s Town is an unassuming looking shack that has hidden treasures inside. No wonder it became a favorite spot for Johnny Depp and the crew of Pirates of the Caribbean. Have a frozen coconut and pineapple rum drink along with the cracked lobster for a great value along with great food.
Looking for a delicious meal with a side of sunset? Catch a Fire is one of the best spots to enjoy both. Hidden away off the Queen’s Highway in Great Exuma, Catch a Fire has a full menu from a 12-ounce New York strip steak to classic Bahamian conch fritters. Sitting back over dessert as the sunset glistens over the ocean is one of the best Exuma experiences available.
One of our personal favorites is right on the water’s edge, Tropic Breeze Beach Bar & Grill. Their sign says, “Where awesome food, good vibes and new memories are our specialty.” This charming outdoor restaurant will not disappoint. The lobster poppers and surf and turf burgers are two items on the menu that the locals come back for again and again.
Chef Ty at Blu on the Water is another local standout. Don’t miss out on his jerk chicken wings, which you’ll find upstairs at the Exuma Yacht Club. You’ll also find some of Exuma’s best sushi, with spicy crab tempura and grouper rolls being our favorites.
That’s just a few of the many great dining options you’ll find in Exuma, others include Club Peace and Plenty, Il Cierlo at Sandals, Xuma’s Bar and Restaurant on Highbourne Bay—but, you get the point. There is more to this special place than sun and sand; it’s also a foodie’s paradise.