The most important tip I can give you on Antigua and Barbuda 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 Antigua and Barbuda, 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 Antigua and Barbuda
The national dish is fungie (pronounced foon-gee) and pepper pot. Fungie is a dish very similar to the Italian Polenta being made mainly of cornmeal. Other local dishes include ducana, seasoned rice, saltfish and lobster (from Barbuda). Local confectionaries include sugarcake, fudge, raspberry and tamarind stew, and peanut brittle. The various restaurants around the island sell both local and international food. Lunch might be anything that can be easily bought from a nearby shop, especially a bakery.
Dinner will typically be rice,macaroni or pasta, vegetables/salad, a main course (fish, chicken, pork, beef etc.) and a side dish like macaroni pie, scalloped potatoes or plantains. Local drinks are mauby, seamoss, tamarind juice, mango juice and coconut water.
Adults favour beers and rums, many of which are made locally. On Saturday be prepared to find many drive-by barbecues at important road crossings all over the island. They are serving rice and chicken, dumplings, soup, and alike. Sometimes they even have a sound system for entertainment. Sunday is the day when the culture is most reflected in the food. For breakfast one might have saltfish, eggplant, eggs, bacon, sausages, or lettuce. Dinner may include pork, baked chicken, stewed lamb, or turkey, alongside rice (prepared in a variety of ways), salads, and a local drink. Harmony Hall, near Freetown. It closes for the summer on May 6th.
The best restaurant on the island. Mama Lolly, Redcliffe Quay, St. John’s. Vegetarian and vegan friendly home cooking. Calabash, Redcliffe Quay’s “Vendors Mall”, St. John’s. Vegan cuisine. Owned by a raw chef who used to work in New York. The Roti King, corner of St Mary’s Street and Corn Alley, St John’s. Serves Roti, which is a East Indian dish of rolled Indian flat bread filled with hot and spicy curries and tamarind sauce. The only american style fast food chains operating on Antigua are KFC with three locations and Subway sandwiches in St. John’s.
What to Drink in Antigua and Barbuda
Papa Zouk, Bar and fish and chips restaurant 2 mins outside of St. John’s. Cavalier Rum , Antiguan Rum. Wadadli, Antiguan Beer Oasis, Desalinated water.
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