Most of the hotels have high-end restaurants that vie for the title of best dining depending on who has the best chef at any given time. Here’s a quick list that we’ll look forward to fleshing out with your reviews.
Classy and expensive on the ocean
Pink Sands: “Caribbean fusion” cuisine in a chic, terraced garden setting
The Dunmore: Four-course gourmet dinners in a semi-formal atmosphere directly on the beach. 242-333-2200
Runaway Hill: A formal, fixed-price meal in a sleek, tropics-meets-New York setting. Reserve ahead. 242-333-2150
Coral Sands: Respected cuisine in a friendly, comfortable setting 242-333-2350
Classy and expensive on the bay
The Landing: Romantic colonial style and streetside tables for people watching. Also recommended for Sunday breakfast.
Romora Bay’s La Cantina: Churascos style meals overlooking the bay, 242-333-2325
Rock House: 242-333-2053
Mostly for Lunch, Classy Beach Bars
Sip-Sip: (lunch only) Home of the famous lobster quesadilla
Coral Sand’s Terrace: Recommending the shrimp po’ boy
Pink Sand’s Blue Bar: Queen of views
Less formal and moderately priced
Acquapazza at Harbour Island Marina: Italian cuisine with a flair of Bahamian flavors, and a great $15 hamburger. Great view of the Harbour on the south end of the island. 242-333-3240
Valentine’s Bar and Grill: Food and setting most likely to make you feel back at home in the States. At Valentine’s Marina on the south end of Bay Street.
Ma Ruby’s at Tingum Village: Good simple food in an informal vine-covered courtyard. At Tingum Village just south of town on Colebrook Street.
Avery’s: Like having dinner at the home of a local with patio seating. Try Lobster-on- a-stick. Colebrook Street across from Seagrapes, near the library.
Casual Meals and Take-away
Sea-view Takeaway: Best sloppy conch burger, now with shaded seating. At the foot of Government dock.
Wade Higgs Seaside takeaway: Fresh fried fish up by the fishermen’s dock on Bay Street
Broadway Takeaway: Mark Arthur’s favorite cracked conch. On Dunmore by Johnson’s Grocery.
Queen Conch: Conch salad fresh before your eyes. Up by the fishermen’s dock.
Sibyl’s bakery: Baked goods and sandwiches. North end of Dunmore street.
The Deli: Gourmet Sandwiches and breakfast one block up King Street from Pigly Wigly
Sweet Spot: on Bay Street across from the fishermen’s dock. Homemade ice cream, breakfast, lunch.
Arthur’s Bakery: Lobster sandwich and grilled Cuban sandwich used to be the favorites. But that was before we introduced our jerk chicken ceasar. Right in the heart of town.
Ayais Candy Shop: Ice cream for $1 on Pitt Street
Sugar Rush: Bakery on Pitt Street serving pastries, breakfast, and lunch
Brian’s BBQ: open only Fridays and Saturdays. BBQ ribs, chicken, and pork with all the Bahamian sides. Teri Murphy’s favorite.
Three Sisters Lounge: Limited menu of local food in a tiny kitchen nook. Around from Cash’s liquor on Love Lane.
Marty’s Conch Salad: on Bay Street behind the straw market
Dunmore Street Takeaway: Bahamian and Haitian food
Sammy’s Sports Bar: The new kid on the block across from the Fishermen’s dock, where locals watch games and play dominoes.
Harry O’s: Local dishes and daily specials can be eaten on their patio over the bay near Fishermen’s dock which can be rented for parties. Call for delivery: 333 3478.
Open on Sundays
Tropic Hut: Pizza, Hamburgers, and ice cream. Across from Arthurs Bakery.
Angela’s Starfish Restaurant: Non-resort prices for simple local dishes at formica tables or in the courtyard. North end of Dunmore Street.