The most important tip I can give you on Grenada local food, and the only one that will make you elevate from being a tourist to becoming a real traveler immersed in the local culture, is “Stay away from McDonalds“. When visiting Grenada, there is awesome local food to try. Head to the local eateries too, and go where the locals go. For me, the food, wine and and even the water is part of the travel experience.
What to Eat in Grenada
Aquarium Restaurant & Bar located at Point Salines and is famous for its Sunday BBQ – great location on the beach. Bananas Restaurant is in True Blue and caters to every budget and taste. Whether you are looking for a cheeseburger in paradise or steak and lobster you are sure to find it at this restaurant and bar; economically priced and packed with fun. For the more adventuresome, stay and dance the night away in the state of the art club. Coconut Beach Restaurant & Bar is located at the Grand Anse Beach Beach House Restaurant & Bar is located at Point Salines. The Red Crab in Lance Aux Epines on the main road and has a fabulous menu.
The Spiceland Mall in Grand Anse has a food court that includes a local fruit smoothie stand, a Chinese restaurant and a Merranean/Middle Eastern restaurant Le Marquis Complex in Grand Anse with Carib Sushi and Le Boulangerie (a pizza restaurant) Le Papillion Cafe in Grand Anse at the Siesta Hotel. Breakfast all day, lunch, great fresh food and service. Start your day off here. De La Grenade manufacturer of nutmeg products including liqueur, syrup, pepper sauce, jams and jellies.
Grenada Chocolate Factory produces organic dark chocolate with vintage machinery run by solar power. You should be able to find the colorfully packaged bars in stores throughout the island and at the duty-free shop at the airport. Tours of the factory itself are also very interesting.
Dodgy Dock Restaurant & Lounge Bar, True Blue Bay Resort (True Blue near SGU), ? 473 443 8783, . 7AM to 11PM. Waterfront dining, popular lunch spot and a celebrated sunset and night-time hot spot. Caribbean and Mexican food, daily happy hour 5PM Seasonal live Caribbean music Tues, Fri, Sat. Exotic tropical cocktails $$. Umbrellas Beach Bar on Grand Anse Beach. A famous ‘liming spot’ on the island, known for its Amazing homemade burgers and fresh food, cold drinks and great prices. Upper and lower deck, so casual, you can walk up from the beach with your sandy feet. Be prepared to be there often!
What to Drink in
Grenada is known for its rum distilleries. The three largest companies are Clarke’s Court, Westerhall Estate and River Antoine. All three offer educational tours that demonstrate the sugar production for rum. They are all located on different parts of the island. Westerhall Estate make a family of award winning rums including a 3, 8 and 10 Year Old Rum. Their special rum (with the wax casing) Westerhall Plantation and Westerhall Vintage, are probably the best rum on the island. In addition to their overproof Jack Iron and White Jack Rum. Their new 12 Degrees Premium Rum is delish! Clarke’s Court makes both light and special dark rums which are also quite delicious. Be forewarned about River Antoine. It’s 75% alcohol content makes it illegal to take home to many countries, at least on flights.
They make a version with 69% intended for “exporting” that may be legal. At all the distilleries you can buy at least small bottles, and you’ll find normal sizes in most grocery stores and rum shops. In many bars, take care with drinks made with “under the counter” ingredients, e.g., highly-overproof rums for “locals” often used in “Pain Killers”. They can overwhelm the most experienced drinkers. Fruit juices they use are made from locally grown fruits such as mango, papaya, carambola (five fingers fruit). A few “watering holes” (often with food service) include… Pirate’s Cove Restaurant and Jolly Roger Sports Bar” Grand View Inn, Grand Anse – phone “473.444.2342/4984” Open for “B- 7-10, L- 11-2, D- 7-9, offering local fare at modest prices, to include banquets, catering, and parties.
Excellent view of the island. La Boulangerie. Italian restaurant across the street from Spiceland Mall. Serves pizza and pasta dishes, sandwiches and salads. Umbrellas (non alternatives to this restaurant), Grand Anse Beach (Follow the smell from the beach), ? 1-800-umbrellas, . closed Mon, Happy Hour 5-7pm. overlooking carpark, great view! Awesome owner (Keith). Amazing Catch sandwich. Great toilets. Convenient fresh water shower just outside restaurant. Friendly staff. Veranda upstairs – probably better view up there?!? priceless.
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