Honeymoon Guide: Barbados
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St. Lawrence Main Road
A great bet for upscale Bajan, David's Place, south of Bridgetown along a cute section of St. Lawrence Bay waterfront, isn’t trendy or chichi, but it is warm, romantic and pretty. And the food, accompanied by the house cheddar-cheese bread, is absolutely delicious. If you dig shrimp or fish (steamed, blackened, grilled, in soup or as fishcakes), then this is the place for you. Should you dare to, you can sample not only flying fish but also barracuda. Vegetarians will be pleased with the extensive pasta and salad selections; save room for David’s locally famous coconut-cream pie.
The signature restaurant at the chic Sandy Lane resort (see Sleep), is renowned for creative cuisine, but management upped the ante in 2008 by hiring the globe-trotting Scottish chef Grant McPherson. The dishes have become even more imaginative: The molasses-glazed sea bass most def does it for us, as do the nouvelle-Asian accents of dishes like the tempura chicken breast with pickled-cucumber salsa and the spicy beef-noodle salad. The wine list surveys the world's best grape-growing regions; take the guesswork out of your own selections by opting for the wine-pairing menu. With armchairs and elegant florals, L'Acajou's rose-tinted dining room can come off a tad stuffy, but the atmosphere's looser outside at the terrace tables—plus you get views of sturdy old mahogany trees (in French, les acajous).
OISTINS FISH FRY
For a laid-back break from trendy fusion, make a Friday-night excursion to the south-coast fishing village of Oistins for its unpretentious street-food feast. Various fish shacks prepare seafood every which way—grilled, barbecued, fried—and you dine at picnic tables. As the evening progresses, you can dance cheek to cheek to the sound of retro ballroom numbers or shake your bonbon to old-school disco. Calypso, reggae and steel bands also perform along the waterfront. If you're vacationing at Easter time, don't miss the Oistins Fish Festival, which celebrates the area's fishing heritage.
RAGAMUFFINS BAR & RESTAURANT
Holetown, St. James
Should you find yourself hankering for funky and fun, as opposed to quiet and intimate, slip over to this casual spot inside an old wood-frame chattel house (where plantation workers lived). You’ll love the straightforward dishes—local curries, blackened fish with garlic, fishcakes with dip and chicken-breast nut crumb—almost as much as the convivial atmosphere. The scene in the back garden is fairly mellow, but inside, where the walls are decorated with colorful murals and fishing nets drape from the ceiling, things can get pretty lively (sometimes heading toward rowdy)—the owners and wait staff are real pistols. Ragamuffins is small and popular, so call to reserve a table, especially if you want to catch the, ahem, drag show on Sundays.