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Dec 8, 2008 11:11 AM

Roatan (Honduras) Recommendations?

What do you get for the man who has everything? Information!

My boss and his young family are headed off to Roatan for the Christmas holidays. I thought that it might be helpful to give him some ideas on where to eat, what to look for, what to avoid? But the previous thread is over a year old and I wasn't whether I wanted to trust it.

Any tips from Chowhounds?

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  1. Perhaps you should get him a cheese log instead.I wouldn't trust the previous post either.Roatan is amazing, especially the West End for its lack of Hondurans and Honduran food.Most of what I experienced was Mexican American food that would make Taco Bell seem like foodie destination. Most of the info out there is about touristy non-Honduran restaurants.I didn't see other parts of the island, but fortunately I was also in Tegucigalpa, La Ceiba, San Pedro Sula, and Copan where I had great Hinduran cuisine.

    If your boss finds something new, I'd love to know.

      1. re: LJS

        We liked the Argentinian restaurant - pricey and obviously not local, but we thought it was really good. We also liked the Creole rotisserie chicken place that a lot of locals go to in West End. Inexpensive and delicious - I loved their rice & beans and chicken, also coleslaw was good. I think we ate in both those places twice last April. We had lunch at Bite on the Beach one day - it's in West Bay and we had lunch before going back to West End where we were staying. Salad was great. Monces had really good baleadas and shakes. There was another baleadas place, but I can't remember the name, also good. We also had dinner at the Lobster Pot and the Lighthouse - both good. I loved the gelato at Angelo's - the chocolate was amazing.

        So we ate in a mix of higher end and lower end places. I ws pleasantly surprised by the food on Roatan. Maybe not typical Honduran food, but I enjoyed it.

      2. On Sundays, there is an amazing all you can eat lobster BBQ for about $25. I forget the name of the place, but it is on the other side of the island and all the locals know about it. You will need to rent a car for the day, and take a small boat through the canals in order to get there. Not to be missed.

        1. I know it's too late, but in the future I have one word for you: OOLOONTHOO. It's an AMAZING Indian restaurant located smack dab in the middle of West End. It's VERY pricey for Honduras (dinners are $40+) but it was easily the best Indian food I've ever eaten in my life. The chef is Canadian and front-of-house stuff is run by his wife, who I understand is Indian.

          The Argentinian Grill was surprisingly decent. I am a vegetarian so I had their grilled vegetable plate, and it was great. I think I actually ate it twice. There's a place called Pinocchios (I think?) that was located up a big, dark hill. My food was only okay but I shared a table with an older couple and they said their fish dishes were incredible. I also liked the Thai food at Le Bistro, though I am no Thai expert. I can't vouch for its authenticity, but it was delicious.