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October 24, 2013

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From elegant, five star restaurants to barefoot beach shacks to trendy roadside barbecues and food trucks, this island offers delicious options to tempt the palate

ANGUILLA, B.W.I. – October 24, 2013 – Visitors who know come to Anguilla for more than its stunning beaches. With more than 100 restaurants on just 35 square miles of land, every palate is satisfied, from sophisticated gourmands desiring the finest five-star dining experience to everyday foodies looking to get their hands messy with some of the world's best beach-side barbecue.

'Beach Chic' Dining
Anguilla is a culinary paradise, offering casual and fine dining restaurants with an elegant beach-goer vibe. The cuisine is best described as cosmopolitan, with specialties from various regions influencing the menus, including French, Belgian, Asian, Italian, American, Caribbean and more. Restaurants offering an international flair include Mango's Seaside Grill, Veya Restaurant, Hibernia Restaurant, Coba at Viceroy Anguilla and Blanchard's Restaurant, while some of the best fusion cuisine is featured at Da'Vida Restaurant and Le Bistro at Santorini at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant.  For those in search of an extraordinary local culinary experience set within an elegant yet authentic ambiance, Tasty's Restaurant, E's Oven, Firefly Restaurant & Bar at Anacaona and Flavours Restaurant serve signature Anguillian dishes such as West Indian-style curried goat, grilled crayfish and lobster, and island snapper complemented by Anguillian peas and rice and tasty Johnny cakes, baked or fried.

Off-Shore Cay Dining
 Anguilla's alluring off-shore cays offer unique dining experiences just a short boat ride away from the island. Scilly Cay, a tiny coral-based island just a stone throw away from the picturesque fishing village of Island Harbour, serves up freshly caught lobster and crayfish, grilled chicken and fish, alongside tasty sides and salads.  Not to be missed are Eudoxie's legendary, potent rum punches. On the western side of the island, just minutes out from the gorgeous white sands of Sandy Ground, the quintessential Robinson-Crusoe-like  Sandy Island is the ideal spot for an afternoon filled with grilled seafood and meats, an expansive bar and newly-added appetizers and dessert selections, including drunken coconut shrimp and sunshine cake made with Cointreau and fresh fruit.  A little farther away, Prickly Pear Cay is just six miles off the shore of the Road Bay area and is great for snorkeling along coral reefs, bird watching and sipping on a drink from the Tiki Hut bar, while lunch is prepared at the Prickly Pear Bar & Restaurant.  There is even a cage for  live lobster.

Beach Bistros and Bars
With 12 miles of coastline, it's no wonder that Anguilla is also home to some of the best bistros and bars on the sand. One of the most famous is Johnno's Beach Stop in Sandy Ground, a laid-back spot to enjoy tasty tropical cocktails with freshly grilled seafood that is loved by locals and in-the-know visitors alike.  A special treat not to be missed is the Sunday afternoon live jazz performances featuring local and regional talent, as well as the occasional visitor wishing to share in the jazz grove. For an extraordinary swim-lunch experience, Smokey's at the Cove is situated on stunning Cove Bay and provides an extensive menu for lunch and dinner, with plentiful drinks and live music on weekends. Straw Hat on beautiful Meads Bay offers a diversified take on breakfast, lunch and dinner, with menu items including red snapper crudo and boneless curried goat. Also located on Meads Bay, Jacala Restaurant brings French flair to the open air space, and is best known for Chef Alain's steak tartare, whole grilled Snapper and more. Over on Shoal Bay, Uncle Ernie's Beach Bar has been around for nearly 30 years and is famed as one of the best for barbecue ribs, ice-cold beer and their famous rum punch.  A little-known gem is Palm-Grove Bar and Grill, located at secluded Junk's Hole Bay.  Nat's barbecued specialties include lobster, crayfish and chicken, and Ethne's fried Johnny cakes will have you clamoring for more!  And then there is The Dune Preserve, an eclectic restaurant featuring natural and organic ingredients, as well as the legendary signature drink, Dune-Shine.  Diners at the Dune Preserve are often privileged to catch a live performance from Anguilla's iconic reggae artiste, and founder of the Moonsplash Music Festival, Bankie Banx. 

Food Trucks
For a tasty yet affordable meal on the go, foodies look no further than Anguilla's food trucks. Hungry's Good Food is one of the most well-known vendors and has been around for almost ten years. The bright green truck serves eight varieties of homemade soup- including some for the Andrew Zimmerman-inspired eaters like bull foot soup and pea soup with pig tail- along with 12 different kinds of quesadillas, salads and pastas. For a vegetarian-friendly option, Papa Lash's food van has plenty to choose from, such as his famous plantation sandwich made with whole wheat pita bread and tofu or his very popular cheese patty.  Other favourites include Slyco's Food Van, Rawley's Food Van and Oreille's Food Truck in The Valley, all serving local favourites such as rice and peas, curried or barbecued chicken, oxtail, and lamb and pork chops, as well as a variety of pastas and salads.  

Barbecue Street Eats
One of Anguilla's most savory dining options, and an essential part of local Anguillian life, is barbecue. After a long week's work, locals relish the weekend for grilling with ribs and chicken as staple items. In Blowing Point, Big Jim's greets visitors just arriving from the ferry, while Ken's Ribs and Chicken in The Valley is another popular stop for its namesake items. Also in The Valley, Mabel Gumbs has been serving her legendary corn soup for more than 30 years at a roadside stand. If you want a taste of her street eats you'll need to get there early on a Saturday morning as she often sells out by noon.  On the western tip of the island B &  D's is a huge favorite for returning visitors, while Bally's Chicken in South Hill has been described as "the Best chicken in the world".  In addition to weekends, festivals and holidays are particularly important times for barbecuing in Anguilla, as fresh catches from the sea and tasty meats are brought to the grills, bringing families, friends and visitors together to share in this delicious cultural experience.

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About Anguilla
Anguilla is a British overseas territory located in the north eastern region of the Caribbean, just miles from St. Maarten. The island is best known for its 33 pristine powder-white sand beaches, all with crystal-clear turquoise waters matched by few places in the world. With an inviting and welcoming approach to tourism, Anguilla's beaches are what draw most visitors to the island, while its warm friendly people keep visitors coming back. The island's culture is infused with a love of the land and dependence on the sea, which is reflected in its history and many of the cultural festivals and events that celebrate Anguillan traditions of fishing, boat racing and cuisine. Anguilla is easily accessible via daily flights that connect directly to Anguilla from San Juan or St. Maarten. For those coming from St. Maarten, Anguilla is just a short seven-minute flight or 20 minute ferry boat ride away. For more information on Anguilla visit



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