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FriedClamFanatic Mar 20, 2009 06:12 PM

We are lucky to have a son who has been posted to Barbados for an 8 month stint, so we have taken advantage of his 2 bedroom apt and the free rent and travelled twice this year for two weeks stretches. The last time we were there was back in 1994. It is a delightful and friendly island and you will love it if you go, especially if you rent a car and get out and around. Failing that, bus service is everywhere, relatively cheap ($1.50 Bd$ or $.75US) and a fun way to meet folks. We did both. Not only is there sun&fun, but there are many interesting places/things to see.

As an island, everything must come in by boat (or rarely, plane). Food is expensive. Liquor and wine are expensive. Rum, thankfully is not, being made on the island (under $10US a bottle!). Listed below are some places we liked to eat. I'm sure there are others

Some nice upscale places:

The Restaurant at Southsea on the South Coast - very good and great service

A Combo Thai/Indian place in Worthing - fantastic! You can order from either menu or both

The Cliff - perhaps the best on the island. Wonderful seating outside over the ocean (and really fast tarps if there's even a hint of rain sprinkles)

Acqua - good food and great view.

Lunch at The Roundhouse at Bathsheba - spectacular view, good reasonable food

A drink and/or lunch at Sandy Lane Country Club - if you go for sunset, be prepared to be wowed!

I'm sure there are others, but we may have missed them (or forgotten them)

Some good "deals" (price is all relative):

The fish-fry on Friday nights at Oistins( a must-do)

Some of the Roti vendors - street food at its finest, but get away from the cruise ship area

"Cutters" out near Crane Beach - a fun, funky place. If you're out that way, get their sandwiches to go to eat later on the beach at Bottom Bay or Crane's, etc. And he has a great Rum Punch!

The Carib Bar in Worthing - not easy to find, unless you're on the beach to start. It's "almost" across the street from Club Extreme. Good food and drinks, usually music. If you see Nelson's Arms on the main road, turn down there! Tiny road, limited parking.

The Cafe at The George Washington House - you can eat there without visiting the house (but that's also worth it) - look for the separate entrance/exit. A real find! Great pannini and sandwiches at very reasonable prices.

There is a wonderful woman - Lois Swanson - who has been going to Barbados for the past 26+ years; every year. She has a very comprehensive website that can give you lots of hints of other great places as well as a take on at least some of these already mentioned. See her website at:

http://www.barbadostips.com/Barbados_...

One final note.........if you're on a tight budget, eat big lunches! Also, the markets have some pretty extensive offerings for make-it-yourself picnics and dinners.

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    foodie08 Apr 10, 2009 09:41 PM

    To add to that: we hit Barbados for a 72 hr RnR stint last weekend. Hit Oistins on Friday for the fish fry and the scene. The fish is fresh (I had grilled mahi mahi and my gal had red snapper, grilled); the fried stuff is fried. But the fish cakes are great. We stayed at Mango Bay Resort and inasmuch as lunch and dinner were underwhelming, the breakfast buffet was very filling and above average - all right on the beach.

    Our special meal out was at Cafe Luna at the Little Arches Hotel. The New York Times triumphed it as "perhaps the Island's best" or something along those lines. It was good, but not "fantastic" or mindblowing. I had the goat cheese and pepper salad and mahi. It was fine. Service was good but faded at the end. The dining room is mostly under the stars - very nice. Not sure I'd go back unless I had a week or so on the island and had already explored FriedClamFanatic's (which I am too BTW - go for the fried clams at Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery, Me) picks.

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      Apple Apr 13, 2009 05:03 PM

      I was just about to post...
      Heading to Barbados for a wedding on Monday and we are staying in the St. Lawrence Gap area... definitely will be hitting up Oistins Fish Fry... but will definitely check out some of your suggestions. The website you linked to a wealth of information...

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        FriedClamFanatic Apr 14, 2009 01:31 PM

        Have wonderful time and make sure you get out the St Lawrence Gap area at least part of the time. There is much to see and do on the whole island.

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          Apple May 9, 2009 01:35 PM

          Back from Barbados - wanted to make a mention of the best fish stand at Oistins - Fish Net Stand - you can't miss it - it's the one with the long line up (it moves quickly but worth the wait.)

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            FriedClamFanatic Jun 9, 2009 10:04 AM

            Not sure which one our son took us to. He knew the owners and goees regularly. It was delicious. I think about 90% of the foks there really care about making good food.

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