F&W contributing editor Andrew Zimmern may be famous as the host of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, but as a trained cook he also loves delicious foods. Here, Zimmern shares some of his favorite finds while traveling all across the Caribbean, from Jamaica’s best jerk chicken to Virgin Gorda’s superb conch fritters.
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“Incredible seafood like crayfish ravioli and pigeon pea soup make this the best spot for inventive cuisine and traditional Anguillan fare. The rock-oven chicken needs to be ordered a day in advance, and it’s worth it. The 15,000-bottle wine cellar is inspiring for grape juice heads.” koalkeel.com
“Make reservations early to get a seat on the terrace for an amazing view and stuff yourself silly on Asian-influenced Caribbean food that is the best of its kind on the island. Go for the curry-tinged grilled swordfish, red chile steamed mussels and coconut conch fritters.” thecliffbarbados.com
Michael's Genuine Food and Drink, Camana Bay, Cayman Islands
“I love Michael Schwartz’s food, and this Grand Cayman outpost delivers on all of his brilliant cooking and creative bandwidth. The simple grilled fish, callaloo, and mango desserts are superb, but the little green Thai eggplants sautéed with pine nuts, bell peppers, raisins and Thai basil have been a favorite of mine since day one.” michaelsgenuine.com/grand-cayman
“Puerto Rican cuisine with a modern twist from Chef Wilo Benet, one of the finest restaurants in the Caribbean. Think miniature bite-size mofongo and grilled local shrimp with apio (a root vegetable) and chorizo emulsion. I love this place.”
“Caribbean lobster pasta with shellfish sauce and housemade angel hair is one of the best dishes on the island. There’s a great ambience, eating al fresco amidst the boulders and candles.” bvidining.com
“Eric Ripert brings his amazing talents to the Cayman Islands. The menu is inspired by his seafood-focused New York restaurant, Le Bernardin, with the fresh, local ingredients of the Caribbean. A stunner.” ritzcarlton.com