I've just returned from Anguilla and wanted to report on the dining options there for anyone traveling out that way in the future.
We ate at the following restaurants with comments:
Blanchard's - As many people noted, it's very expensive. Our bill came to $215.00 US for the following: two chopped salads, one Caribbean sampler and a ribeye steak. We also had one glass of wine each and a bottle of fizzy water. No dessert. The food was good, but not THAT good.
Zara's - Loved the singing chef! Anyone who goes must try the BBC which is a mango drink with bailey's and banana. I had a snapper dish which was pretty good. Even more impressive, there were no mosquitoes and in an island where it was hard to find a place that didn't have them, this is saying a lot!
Gwen's Reggae Grill - One of my favorite meals of the trip. Good value, nice portions and a delciious creole styled grilled snapper overlooking a gorgeous view of the water with a tasty rum punch.
Le Bon Pain - Henri Esposito, famous Anguilla-based artist and baker! A very unique spot with very tasty French pastries and cafe au lait. A definite highlight of the trip. Henri's art is fun and affordable as well.
Flavours - Great johnnycakes served gratis with the meal, delicious wine and a very tasty grilled snapper dish. Yes, I ate a lot of snapper! Nice view high on a hill overlooking Sandy Ground. The owner is extra charming and comes by to chat at the table - delightful lady originally had a business in French St. Martin.
Scilly Cay - What an experience! Loved it and didn't mind a bit when the bill came! Grilled crayfish and a stiff rum punch. The owner is a real hoot. He curses like a sailor, but completely charms at the same time. Delightful afternoon.
Pumphouse - Fun spot with a great bartender (Sarah) and an egg pizza specialty (don't ask!). Good burgers, good music and a good crowd. In Sandy Ground. The rum punch is the most unusual I tried on the entire island - full of lime and lemon juice.
Barrel Stay - I had the grilled wahoo. It was a $150.00 meal as are most in Anguilla, by the way, but other than the intrusive mosquitoes, it was fairly good food.
Tasty's - A lot of people raved about this, but I was disappointed. We went for breakfast, which was probably not the best time to eat there, but we were on our way to the airport. I ordered the fried fish and johnny cakes which also comes with bush tea. The fish was very flavorful, but instead of johnnycakes, I received a couple of pieces of toast instead. The waitress never bothered to mention they didn't have them that morning, so I left feeling very disappointed given that I ordered it specifically to try them.
So that's my report for all folks headed out to Anguilla. It was a lot of fun, but make sure you bring a big wallet - you will need it!