With the globalization of cuisine, it is easy to find and dine on many of your hometown favorites when traveling abroad. While there is something comforting and easy about sticking with the familiar, doing so can diminish the overall experience of traveling somewhere new. One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture of wherever it is you are visiting is to dine like a local. This certainly holds true for a visit to Grand Cayman.
Grand Cayman Cuisine
Cayman cuisine is centered around the fruits of the sea, and combines fresh spices and locally-grown produce to create food that is as lively and flavorful as the island itself. There are a number of delicious dishes that are unique to Grand Cayman, and should be on the “must try” list of anyone visiting the island. These include:
Conch – Whether you try it in stew, soup, fritters, deep fried or in a salad, you can’t visit Grand Cayman without trying conch. This sea snail can be found on almost any menu during the peak season (November to April).
Johnnycake – These little deep-fried bits of deliciousness make a great snack, appetizer or side dish. Try them plain, or slathered in butter or jam.
Jerk chicken – Be prepared – this dish packs the heat! Made with scotch bonnet peppers and allspice, Jerk Chicken is truly the most well-known Caribbean dish. There are Jerk shacks scattered throughout the island, so you won’t have to travel far to taste the smoky delicious meat.
Turtle stew – Turtle stew is one of the most traditional of all Cayman dishes. It has been enjoyed by islanders for centuries.
Cassava cake – Cassava is a root vegetable native to Central and South America that enjoys popularity throughout the tropics. This traditional Cayman dessert is a dense, sweet cake is made with coconut milk, sugar and other spices. It is the perfect, sweet ending to any island meal.
Grand Cayman Restaurants
Now that your appetite for Cayman cuisine has been whet, it’s time to figure out where to dine. There are so many top …