Restaurants & Bars 7

Anguilla report

maxine | Mar 3, 2011 01:54 PM

I just got back from a wonderful week in Anguilla and since I see little recent threads I thought it would be a good idea to put in my recs. First, the best meal I had was a BBQ place that was just a shack on the road, Joan & Cyril"s BBQ Pit. It was some of the best BBQ I have ever eaten and the one meal that I am still thinking about. The sides are fine and the Johniecakes are a bit different than other places, they are baked so the come off more like saltless pretzels, but it is all about the BBQ, the chicken was great, crispy skin, flavorful meet, and those ribs. Yum.

My other favorite food of the trip was from the French bakery, Le Bon Pain. The pastries and croissants were buttery and flaky, and unlike any I can get in NY. I had them for breakfast almost every day.

Some of the other great meals were Straw Hat, which I think has the best grilled crayfish, Mangoes where I had a great red snapper Asian style and I like there banana split, and Madeariman where i had my favorite rum punch (maybe it was because it was my first). They also had a lovely bouillabaisse special and soup de poisson. I wanted to go back actually, next time.

We had good lunches at Smokey's, Palm Grove, and Gwen's. The latter was a scene on Sunday when they have live music, though we left before the music started because it was two hours late ... Anguilla time. The menus were similar, I had fish or fish sandwiched, the BBQ was good too. Trattoria Tramonto was good too for lunch. All of those places (like most of the island) were slow. But they are at the beach so they encourage you to place and order and go back to get some beaching in. They will let you know when your food is ready.

All in all it was a pretty great foodie trip.

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