If you have traveled much in the Caribbean there is a good chance that you have had an opportunity to try one of the food staples of the area….Conch. Conch is the delicious meat that comes in that big beautiful shell that grows under the water on the sandy bottom of the Caribbean.
We love conch and look for any opportunity to dine on it. The Bahamas is one of the many places in the Caribbean where it is easy to find this tasty morsel.
It can be prepared in a variety of ways: in chowders, fried, cracked, conch fingers, raw, pecan encrusted, marinated, fritters, boiled, burgers, stews, etc, etc, etc. I think at one time I counted I had eaten it 14 different ways. Hmmmm…I wonder if there is such a thing as a conch hot dog? Maybe someone reading this blog has some suggestions in different ways to prepare it. Conch lovers unite!
On a recent trip to Nassau we discovered a restaurant named “Conch Fritters” located on Bay Street right across from the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. It’s hard to resist a restaurant named “Conch Fritters.” Yes, it was time for an overdose of our favorite food! Here is a pic of the outside.
Conch Fritters is a half bar-half restaurant. From the looks of the clientele, my guess is that it gets a little noisy and crowded in the evenings, but we were there for lunch. They have quite a selection of of conch. Here is a partial photo of their menu. Check it out for yourself.
To get things started. We quickly put our chompers into an order of conch fritters with a dipping sauce. Wait for those fritters to cool off, because those puppies are hot! Sorry, I started eating them before I took a photo. From there, it was an order of conch chowder that was absolutely some of the best I have ever had. It had just enough pepper (or something else) in it to give it that Caribbean kick. It was so good; I had to resist just chugging it out of the bowl!!
Finally, we were ready for our main course of “cracked conch”, which resembles an order of calamari. It comes with a side order of fried potatoes and cole slaw. Again, there was a dipping sauce for the conch. Does this look good or what?
Needless to say, after that meal we were stuffed, but at least our conch appetite had been satisfied! It was another great meal in the Bahamas! The tab for the three orders plus a couple of bottles of water was right as $50. They automatically include a 15% gratuity on the check.
If you arrive on a cruise ship, you will have plenty of time to walk to the restaurant and stuff yourself on conch. If you are getting off a cruise ship, turn right on the main shopping street and continue to walk until you get to the curve in the street (about 5 blocks). You will see it on the left. You can rest assured that you will enjoy one of the great foods of the Caribbean.
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