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We were in Barbados recently and had a wonderful lunch at a local restaurant, Mustor's.

Although the restaurant is located in Bridgetown, just steps off the main shopping street, we appeared to be the only tourists eating there. We both ate flying fish sandwiches. Delicious. Nicely fried with no greasiness. We didn't want more than that, but lots of side dishes were available. The bottle of hot sauce sitting on each table had an authoritative kick but wasn't so incendiary that it drowned out the other flavors. We enjoy squeezing a wedge of lemon or lime on our flying fish sandwiches. Mustor's doesn't automatically serve the dish that way, but they happily provided lime when we asked for it.

My husband had a Banks beer and I had a soda. I'm not a big beer drinker, but next time I'm in Barbados, I would also order Banks Beer. It had a very smooth taste with a hint of sweetness. Very drinkable.

The resturant is located on McGregor Street, around the corner from Diamonds International on the main shopping street, Broad.

Walking directions: Locate the large white Diamonds International building on Broad Street. Walk left to the end of the block (in the direction away from the car park area). Then turn right onto McGregor, the first side street. Mid-way down the block, on the right, you'll see a second story porch hanging out over the street. That is the outside seating area of Mustor's. Walk down the side street until you see an open doorway with steps leading to the second floor. Go up the steps and you're there.

You'll place your order and pay immediately. Cash only. We were able to pay in US dollars and receive change in US dollars. This detail was appreciated since our visit was only a day-long port call on a cruise.

The restaurant has at least two interior dining rooms and the porch. Since the few tables on the porch were already taken, we sat in the front dining room. There is no air conditioning. I can't remember whether there were any fans. At any rate, we weren't uncomfortable; however, I don't think we would have had equally positive feelings about the interior dining room since I don't recall any windows to the outside and I did spot two pass-through windows to the hot kitchen.

At the end of the meal, we complimented the cashier on the delicious meal. His answer, "They've been in business 38 years; they must be doing something right." We agree!

P.S. I really don't know if the flying fish was from the local waters or even if it was actually flying fish. We've been going to Barbados, typically land stays, for nearly four decades and we know the flying fish population has dwindled markedly in the local waters. On our taxi ride around the island, our taxi driver stopped a house just north of Holetown. The house turned out to be a cottage-industry fish store and our driver wanted some flying fish for dinner. There was none that day.

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