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Hi, I will be going on a cruise to the Bahamas in December; i was wondering what i should eat there, all i know is that I have to try the conch, but what else is there i should eat besides that? something i can not get in the States, Local please.

I will be at the Great Stirrup Cay and Nassau.

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  1. Hi there, Flying fish is superb. Properly fried and served with the local hot sauce it is so delicious, you will love it. Also their rock lobster, souse and of course, local rum :).
    Also, if you plan on or have the opportunity to cook, I always recommend the local fish market to buy the latest catch from the fishermen (just ask them and they will guide you)... simply fried in some butter :).
    Have an amazing trip!
    Happy eating, Oana

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    1. re: oana

      i can't find anything food wise about Great Stirrup Cay is there any local restaurants that stand out over there?

      1. re: woodside11377

        I think iGSC is NCL's private island so anything you eat there will be done for cruise passengers. It may be inclusive in your tour and will most likely be a buffet setting. Don't expect island cooking although there maybe some versions of popular dishes there like conch fritters, or an island-style sauce on the BBQ.

        When in Nassau, head over to awak City or Potters Cay for island food at the various lolos there. There's also a good Filipino spot near the Hilton which is near the docks.

    2. I was just there a few weeks ago and had the Cracked Conch at Twin Brothers in Arawak Cay - it was delicious ... http://twinbrothersbahamas.com/dynami...

      For another local experience, you could try Traveler's Rest, but if you're arriving by cruise, it would be a fairly $ cab ride (and I think the conch is better at AK).

      For a higher end dining experience, try the Beach Club Cafe - beautiful - right on the ocean and a reasonably good menu offering several dishes featuring local lobster, conch salad ...

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      1. re: CocoTO

        what did you do at Great Stirrup Cay if you don't mind me asking

      2. I was in the Bahamas, specifically the Abacos and all I could find was cracked conch and Grouper..and considering Grouper is endangered and the only known predator to the Lionfish there's another reason NOT to eat Grouper. Conch salad was good..but pretty sure that's overfished too. Try to find some Mahi Mahi..it's delicious and sustainable. If they are serving Lionfish try it..I hear it's delish.

        1. As others have mentioned, for a true Bahamian experience, go to Arawak Cay. Friday nights a "Fish Fry" is held and you'll have a fabulous time experiencing terrific local dishes and entertainment. The vendors are open all week and some at lunch time as well.

          Definitely try conch. The most popular local preparations are Conch Salad, Conch stew/chowder, Cracked Conch and Conch Fritters

          Souse is tasty but you might want to google it before trying it.

          Stew fish & Johnny Cake

          Peas & Rice

          Macaroni and cheese (different than North American versions)

          For dessert you'll have to try Guava Duff which is a boiled pastry and unlike anything we've had elsewhere.

          Wahoo is in season now and will be featured on menus and you may still find some Marlin but that season is drawing near.

          Potter's Cay is right under the bridge to Paradise Island and if you're pressed for time, this is likely the option closest to your cruise ship dock.

          There are some great little "greasy spoon"/diner type restaurants right downtown Nassau that are typically overlooked by the tourists where you'll find true "local" food.

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            1. re: woodside11377

              that's a private beach owned by a cruise line - sorry, no idea what's there

              1. re: woodside11377

                Don't know if it is too late now, but I thought I would throw my 2 cents in - GSC, as a private island, would have NCL's own cabanas, beach bar, beach activities, and such. Think "Nim's Island," but with more permanent structures. They will likely have some massage stands, hair braiding, etc. Not much to do - just relax!

                As for Nassau, I second the recommendation for Lion Fish. If you are wanting a really nice dinner close to the boat docks, try Cafe Matisse on Bank Lane (just past Rawson Square with the big statue).

                If you are on scooter, you can get out to Traveller's Rest easily - it's reasonable.

                Hope you have/had good weather when you came down. It has been COLD in the last month!