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As with any island in the Caribbean, dining in Barbados is a feast for the senses. Enjoying local cuisine can be as quaint and casual as cracking local lobster seaside at an outdoor bar to dressing up to the nines to visit a swanky, i.e. expensive restaurant. No matter what your taste, you’ll find whatever your heart and stomach desires in Barbados.
Since Barbados still maintains its British heritage today, you’ll find an abundant selection of English foods like fish & chips or bangers & mash. In Barbados, the fish of choice is the flying fish which is usually served as British cod would be, breaded/coated and fried.
Mixed in with the somewhat blander English food is the traditional Barbadian way of cooking which generally includes five elements within their cuisine: a combination of sweet and sour, mild and flavorful, plus a generous portion of spices. These can include garlic, thyme, ginger, bay leaves, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and extremely hot Scotch Bonnet peppers.
Local not-to-be-missed culinary delights include a spicy pork stew known as pepperpot and the delicately flavored flying fish which is usually topped with a beautiful yellowish sauce made from Scotch Bonnet peppers, beware. If you’re looking to grab a quick lunch, don’t look for American fast food burger chains as Barbadians don’t consume beef on a regular basis. While you may still find chains serving up chicken, while you’re in Barbados, do as the Barbadians do and pick up a cutter (sandwich) instead. Authentic cutters will be made with Bajan salt bread with fillings like ham and flying fish.
Popular restaurant choices around the island of Barbados include Tapas in Christ Church, Cariba Restaurant and Bar in Saint James, Champers in Christchurch and the Flying Fish Restaurant in Saint Lawrence Gap. For a more pricey dining experience but with truly amazing ocean views, try The Cliff or The Tides Restaurant, both located on the island’s west coast in Saint James.