One of the best parts of traveling is indulging in the native cuisine. When it comes to the Bahamas, the local food culture certainly doesn’t fall short. From savory seafood to mouth-watering desserts, you’ll probably consider asking the chef for the recipe! We’ve investigated the most popular and tasty food options the Bahamas have to offer, and here’s what we found:
Pigeon Peas ‘n Rice
Comprised of pigeon peas, salt pork, celery, rice, tomatoes, onions, tomato paste and spices, the rice browns after absorbing the many flavors in the pot. Hot sauce is often added to give the rice an added kick as well. A staple dish in Bahamian cuisine since the 19th century, pigeon peas ‘n rice can be served as a side dish or main course.
Where to find it: Bahamian’ Cookin Restaurant, located at Trinity Place in Downtown Nassau.
This stew combines onions, lime juice, celery, bell peppers, potatoes, carrots, bay leaves, spics, and meat. The meat can be anything from chicken or beef to sheep’s tongue or pig’s feet. It may sound unappealing at first, but consider it one of the more bold options you’ll ever have the chance to try! After all, traveling is for adventuring and opportunities to try new things.
Where to find it: Murray’s Souse House, located at Farrington Road, Nassau.
Due to its island geography and location along the Caribbean Sea, seafood in the Bahamas is always fresh and extremely delicious. Eventually becoming the national food of The Bahamas, conch is an extremely popular option among locals. The chewy, sea-snail-like creature can be prepared a number of ways, but the most common are cracked conch and conch salad. Cracked conch is battered and deep fried conch meat in the fashion of chicken milanese. Conch salad is diced conch prepared raw with peppers, onions, and citrus juice. Much like ceviche, conch salad makes for a refreshing and delicious snack on a hot day under the Bahamian sun.
Where to find it: Arawak Cay (The Fish Fry), located at West Bay Street, Nassau.
Time for dessert yet? Satisfy your sweet tooth with the natural sweet flavors of indigenous guava, wrapped up in a pastry puff and then boiled to perfection. Rum custard sauce often accompanies this decadent pastry, which is no surprise given The Bahamas’ acclamation towards rum. All served warm, guava duffs are irresistibly delicious and simple. Your sweet tooth will be begging for more after just one bite.
Where to find it: Swiss Pastry Shop, located at 327-7601; West Bay St., Nassau.
If the name isn’t descriptive enough, the Bahama Mama is typically the first drink that comes to mind when considering Bahamian cocktails. The recipe is comprised of ½ oz rum, ½ oz coconut flavored rum, ½ oz grenadine syrup, 1 oz orange juice, and 1 oz pineapple juice. It’s no surprise the cocktail is rum-based, it’s the Bahamas after all! After one sweet sip of a Bahama Mama, you’ll picture yourself on the tropical beaches of the Bahamas, soaking in the sun care-free.
Where to find it:Hilton at Resorts World Bimini