Restaurants on Eleuthera

(Reviews by Michael Craig, 2006)



NORT'SIDE
Go south 25 miles to Rock Sound. At the sign of Ocean Hole Park make a left. Follow the signs up the sand road to NortSide. Perched atop a cliff, a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean is the perfect appetizer to your meal of chicken, grouper, or conch. There is also music and great drinks.

SUNSET INN
Driving north towards Governor's Harbour, this rustic setting is on the left hand side of the road just before you enter the township. The service and ambiance are OK, but the sunset view off the back deck is refreshing and the food is absolutely delicious! Conch? Grouper? Just how you like it.

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UNIQUES'
Located 3 miles from the house in North Palmetto. They offer good food with an upscale oceanfront atmosphere. Good selection on fish, steak, conch, chicken. Sunday brunch.

MATE AND JENNY'S
THE place to be in palmetto Point, this Italian style restaurant offers pizza and beer along with some light continental dishes. Here you can get conch pizza, watch TV, listen to the jukebox, or look over some local Bahamian driftwood art and Mate's collection of celebrity pictures, as well as pictures of him and about a zillion women over the years! P.S., Tell him Michael & Brigitte says hello!

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TIPPY'S
Pricey, but great food and atmosphere. Located off the former Club Med Beach on the Atlantic side of Governor's Harbour, Tippy's is all that you would expect in a fine Caribbean eatery, with a fully-stocked liquor bar, fish and pasta dishes, great service, open-air ambience, and a great beach for after-dinner walks.

RAINBOW INN
Like Tippy's, the restaurant at Rainbow Inn is a little on the pricey side but well worth it. The restaurant is a 45 minute drive from the house and features lobster, steak, conch and fresh fish soup, all beautiful prepared. Famous Dr. Seabreeze plays Caribbean music and sings on Wednesdays (as of this writing - although he keeps threatening to retire) . . .

CUSH'S PLACE
Conch & grouper dishes and burgers. Cush's is located between Gregory Town and Hatchet Bay. They do cookouts on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with music and dancing.

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HABOUR ISLAND
Please ask the locals for recommendations. Harbour Island is like a small version of Nassau. It's dressier and more expensive but definitely worth a day-trip. Check out the Sea-View TakeAway on the pier for an inexpensive-but-fresh conch or chicken lunch. To get there, drive north to take the ferry, or go to Governour's Harbour Airport and fly US Air Express to N. Eleuthera airport. You can also check out the particulars at
www.bahama-vacation.com

MAVIS JOHNSON
Try Mavis' Bahamian soul food! She cooks out of her home, so call her at (242) 332-1880 at least 6 hours (or the day before for Sunday delivery so she can shop) before you plan to eat and she will have your meal hot and ready. Menu is listed next to the phone. Prices may change, but plates are generally $12 each with a minimum of 2 for delivery (plus a $6 delivery fee).

ORGANIC FOOD
Island Farm in nearby Palmetto Point, and has a wide assortment of fresh-from-the-ground organic vegetables at great prices! And its easy to find: drive north on Queens Highway from Bahama Villa and look for the sign on the left side of the road, about a half-mile before you get to Palmetto Point.

ROYAL CASTLE RESTAURANT
When passing through Tarpum Bay, make a point to stop and eat here. Sheila McCartney and her son Matthew offer without a doubt some of the finest seafood on the island. I had the conch lunch dish, but I'm sure their other lunches were equal to the task. Although service was slow (and I was their only customer) the wait was amply rewarded. Prices are around $6 for lunch and $8 for dinner.

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