Classical Caribbean: The Best of Barbados off the Beaten Path
We’ve been going to Barbados for over 20 years now—since well before it was hip. We love the people, the culture, the polite kindness of the natives, and the stunning beauty of the island. AAaannnd, others have discovered that over the past twenty years as well, making for a host of high-end, all inclusive resorts popping up all over the island, whose seeming goal is to make your experience in a beautiful foreign country as much like an amusement park in America as possible. Don’t get me wrong, these places might be nice in their own right. However, they are not for me. So here is my list for the best of Barbados off the beaten path.
First off, a host of high-end restaurants have opened, and the truth is, you could not go wrong going to a place like Champers (http://champersrestaurant.com/), which will always produce a good, very American style meal.
HOWEVER, for the true cross-cultural experience, the old Barbados still exists, and it is worth the effort to explore to find it. Two of the dishes that the unspoiled Barbados is famous for are, get this—Macaroni and Cheese (there is a large Scottish influence in the cuisine here), and fried flying fish. Now, hundreds of restaurants specialize in just these. BUT, you will not find the best at any restaurant in Barbados. For the absolute best, you must head off the coast, on board a trimaran, called SinBad, captained by Brian Parravicino (http://www.sinbadsailingcruises.com/). A four or five-hour sailing excursion with Brian, with lunch included, is a treat not to miss.
Of course, the Roti is also a popular dish with the native population especially as a fast food. The roti is Barbados’ version of a spicy Indian seasoned burrito. For the absolute best the island has to offer, go to St. Michael Parish, to the Indian Grill (https://www.diningwithus.net/place/indian-grill-barbados/#_=_). Here you will have a roti served with the Indian Spices that the indentured servants of the 19th century brought with them to the island.
Finally, there is Fine Dining, Old Barbados style. Tucked into a cliff overlooking the Atlantic in Bathsheba, on the quieter side of the island, is the AMAZING restaurant, Roundhouse (http://www.roundhousebarbados.com/). In business for over 100 years, the Roundhouse is classic Bajan of old. The charm and humor of the wait staff shines through like the sun glinting off the Atlantic just outside your table’s window. And the food? OH MY, the food!! Let’s just say that both my wife and I agree that we’ve each had one of our top ten best meals EVER in the world at the Roundhouse. And the view from the restaurant is stunning.
Yes, the charm of the old Caribbean still exists on the island of Barbados. You just have to look past the glitz and glamour now to find it. But it is there, with the friendly smiles and quick humor of the wonderful people on that most beautiful of islands. Ahh, Barbados… I think it’s time to go visit some friends…
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