Honeymoon Guide: Bahamas, The Out Islands
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Bay Street, Dunmore Town
The restaurant at this elegant boutique inn down by the ferry dock (see Sleep) is a red-walled den of glamour helmed by Ken Gomes, an Aussie chef who cooks beautiful food for beautiful people. His menu is heavy on fresh seafood—grouper, tuna, lobster, crab, salmon, squid—and nicely creative without being over the top. Eat out on the porch for a charming view of the harbor, day or night, and come prepared for a party—co-owner Toby Tyler’s wine cellar includes not only some primo vintages but also a good couple of dozen champagnes.
ROCK HOUSE RESTAURANT
Bay and Hills Streets
Yes, we must say, it rocks—gently. Part of an exquisite and fairly new boutique inn (see Sleep), the dining room—mostly yellow, with big windows overlooking the water—delivers South Beach style and silver service by the sea. At lunch the food’s a finer version of typical beach-bar fare (burgers, sandwiches, etc.). At dinner chef Jenny Learmonth raids a generous rasher of local ingredients, drawing from the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the States and sometimes adding a cool twist of her own—for example, her conch chowder gets a hint of cumin, her mashed potatoes a dose of goat cheese.
It was built only in 2002, but Julie Lightbourn and Jim Black’s blue-shuttered green shack on the beach facing the open ocean blends in so beautifully that it’s become Briland’s premier lunch spot, slinging conch curry, carrot cake and a generally excellent menu that starts in the Bahamas and then sets off on a trot around the globe. Check out the view and the paintings by island artists, and keep an ear out for the "sip sip" (that’s what locals call gossip) generated by locals like Elle Macpherson and Diane von Furstenberg. Keep in mind that, alas, it’s not open for dinner.
TACKLE BOX RESTAURANT AND BAR
Bimini Big Game Resort & Marina
King’s Highway, Alice Town
Unlike Bimini Bay’s restaurant, with its fancier fusion fare (see Sleep), the Tackle Box—the best-known spot for a feed on Bimini—is very much in the down-home Out Island tradition. Part of a venerable resort catering to anglers, divers and boaters, the woody second-floor spot has predictably marine decor and a menu mostly based on whatever’s been pulled in from the boats that day. (Conch pizza!) And if you’re looking for any kind of social scene at night, it’s pretty much the only game in town. If you’re hankering for something just a soupçon more sophisticated, the resort’s got a second restaurant, the Gulfstream, that’s also good.