Island Flavor: Turks and Caicos Food Guide
If you’re ready to fill your belly with local flavors, we have good news for you. The cuisine on Turks and Caicos is guaranteed to hit your sweet spot. Regional fish dishes are plentiful and fresh as can be. But if you think that’s all there is to this area’s eatery choices, prepare to be surprised. Global kitchens have opened up on these shores and the combining of traditions has yielded some incredible fusion dishes.
Here’s a quick look at some of the very best foods to eat on the islands.
The Sea’s Generous Bounty
Of course, you have to begin with seafood when speaking of eating on the Turks and Caicos Islands. Fishermen come into port daily with fresh catches of the day to satisfy the full spectrum of undersea offerings one may desire. Perhaps the best known and most enjoyed of these is the conch. Conch salad is especially popular here, but the locals prepare this large mollusk in all manner of ways (definitely seek out conch fritters if you dig fried food). Not to be outdone by other shellfish, expect lobster to also be widely available as well, with lobster tails perhaps the most popular of dishes among this crustacean.
For those into fish, it will come as no surprise that nets come in full every day with all types of swimming delectable delights. Grouper is a biggie here in more ways than one. This massive species is tender on the fork and is prepared in several ways, including topped with fancy sauces and straight off the grill. Snapper is probably the most popular of them all though, with catches occurring literally within sight of the shore. Lemon sauces are the most popular way to serve these guys up, and you can hardly find a restaurant that doesn’t offer it. If that’s not enough seafood for you, keep an eye out for local fish fries. These events see small stalls serving up fishy street food, often tasting home-cooked. There are even opportunities to catch your own fresh fish during the day and have it cooked for you at night.
While there is plenty of fish in the sea for the Turks and Caicos Islands to catch, many other food items need to be imported. And along with imported food items come imported chefs and cooking traditions. Culinary secrets have made their way here from around the world, offering hungry diners the opportunity to satisfy their palate with selections from across the globe. Indian restaurants can be found here with curried dishes and freshly baked naan bread. If you’re looking for pad thai, there are Thai establishments to be found as well. As for fans of sushi, you will find some amazing offerings on that front, naturally taking advantage of the local seafood.
For those seeking more continental flavors, rest assured that European kitchens are open and serving up their own traditional plates. French brasseries offer up delectable duck dishes while local bakeries serve the most delicate of fruit tarts. In the mood for a little Italian? You won’t have to look too hard to find fresh pasta and pizza. But if you’d rather drift back closer to the Americas once more, perhaps seeking out a Jamaican restaurant or even Cuban delights. Whatever your international cuisine desires may be, you are sure to find them on the Turks and Caicos Islands.
When it comes to adult beverages in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the natural item to start with is rum. By far the most popular spirit to be found here, some people may drink it neat. But there’s no question that cocktails and rum punches rule here. Think piña coladas, frozen daiquiris and more of the usual fruity drinks. If you prefer suds, local breweries also serve up ice-cold beers worthy of the best microbrews back home.
Still hungry for coffee and dessert? Gourmet cafes can be found in the Turks and Caicos Islands, serving up incredible cups of joe. How about some ice cream? Loads of local crafters concoct cold sweet treats using fruits grown right in the region. Bakeries serve up cookies and cake. And there are even local confectioners to satisfy your hankering for candies! Don’t be surprised if your stay here becomes just as memorable for what you tasted as it was for all that time you spent on the surf and sand!