The Food Scene in Turks and Caicos!
You probably know that the islands of Turks and Caicos boast incredible beaches, outdoor recreation, and scenery – although you might not be aware of the vibrant culinary scene on the island. In decades past the catch-of-the-day was by default the evening’s main course, but today’s modern dining scene is diverse and constantly evolving. Read on for the ultimate food enthusiast’s guide to dining in Turks and Caicos and get your taste buds all fired up for some mind-bogglingly tasty Caribbean treats.
Traditional Island Favorites
As you might expect, seafood plays a large role in the traditional diet of residents in Turks and Caicos. Some of the most popular seafood dishes available on the islands today come from the creature with the wonderful shell – the conch. Like the scene from Forrest Gump, you can try curried conch, conch fritters, conch chowder, conch ravioli, ad. infinitum (you get the idea). And of course the freshest spiny lobster is insanely delectable. Fresh fruits like coconuts, mangoes, guavas, and papayas are also consumed in large amounts – and picked right out of the garden. Staples of the diet include corn, used to make a savory bread and grits, as well as peas and rice. Some of the best places to dine on traditional food in Turks and Caicos are Hole in the Wall, Smokey’s, and Da Conch Shack. Not only are these meals delicious and authentic, but they can also be very affordable as well. Mmm. For Conch fans, be sure to check out our top picks for enjoying this island favourite.
Upscale Dining in Turks and Caicos
Provo (or Providenciales on the map) is the most popular island of Turks and Caicos, not only for some of the world’s best beaches but some of the world’s best fine dining. Anacaona at Grace Bay Club is a luxurious upscale dining space on the beach that boasts the longest infinity bar in the world but it is the incredible cuisine that brings people back time and time again – and it doesn’t get much better than beach dining by tiki torch. For another intimate and romantic dining spot right in the heart of the Grace Bay area, head to Coco Bistro for seafood so fresh it’s still wet. There are also a number of international dining locations on the island, including the Danny Bouy’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, the Lemon Cafe, serving up Mediterranean classics, and Yoshi’s Japanese Restaurant. Something to please every variety of taste bud. Read more about our favourite restaurants in Turks and Caicos.
Upscale Dining in Grand Turk
Grand Turk is one of the most populated islands in Turks and Caicos and is home to the capital of the nation, Cockburn Town. For some fun and a great rowdy ambiance, head to the largest Margaritaville in the world, located just next to the cruise docks. For beachfront barbecue and plenty of local flavor, the Birdcage Bar and Restaurant is a great choice. Most of the upscale dining options on the island are located in the hotels themselves, but real foodies will know to avoid the buffets and instead order à la Carte items. These are typically chef specialties that use fresh ingredients and require more skill to prepare.
Drinking in Turks and Caicos
Nothing can complete a great meal quite like a delicious drink. In Turks and Caicos, there is no shortage of great beverages, alcoholic and nonalcoholic, to complement the taste of any dish. Rum is the local alcoholic beverage of choice, and it pairs remarkably well with a local fruit juice for a refreshing pre-dinner cocktail. Locally made beers are also unique in taste and affordable and did we mention tasty? We might have had a few already.
If you’re looking to experience a taste of the Caribbean at home without hauling in your own catch of Conch shells, concoct this secret recipe for Rum Punch from Hemingway’s at The Sands at Grace Bay. If you’re anything like us, your mouth is watering for that Caribbean flavour after imagining the tastes of Turks and Caicos. This is natural, but believe us – the food is even more mind-blowing in person.