Cheap Eats on Anguilla – You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Enjoy a Great Meal on Anguilla
You don’t have to be rich to enjoy a great meal on Anguilla. If you are staying with us at Carimar Beach Club, you can make use of your fully equipped granite counter kitchen with everything needed to create your own Caribbean culinary classics. The new Best Buy Supermarket is right down the road.
If you don’t have the desire to cook while on vacation, Anguilla offers some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean. While there are many five-star restaurants (the best are next door to Carimar Beach Club), there are also some very well priced eateries. We call them “Cheap Eats on Anguilla.” Among these are Blanchard’s Beach Shack (next to Carimar), Picante, Geraud’s Patisserie, Roys, SandBar Tapas, Valley Bistro, Smokey’s, The Place, Corner Pizza, and B&D’s BBQ. You can’t go wrong with any of these wonderful eateries.
B&D’s is a Carimar favorite. Open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, it is a ten minute walk up the road past Malliouhana. Locals as well as tourists eat here regularly. You will find ribs, chicken, lobster, johnny cakes, fries, rice and peas, salad, cole slaw, beer and soda.
Blanchard’s Beach Shack is right next door to Carimar Beach Club and is directly on one of the best beaches in the world – Mead’s Bay. BBS offers burgers, salads, fish tacos, and peel-your-own shrimp (the same shrimp that is served in their five-star restaurant). For only a $5 deposit, you can rent chaise lounges and an umbrella if you dine with them. Come see why BBS is one of the favorite family friendly restaurants on Anguilla.
Picante Restaurant is one of Anguilla’s most popular restaurants and is one of the most kid friendly on the island. It is is a casual, open-air Mexican restaurant on the West End and is decorated in vibrant colors with colorful Día de los Muertos flags and local paintings.
For appetizers, we ordered the Calamari with fried peppers and a delicious aioli, the Chipotle Riblettes and Chicken Wings, the Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Grilled Chili-Queso Corn on the Cob, which was to die for. We had never had anything like that before, so make sure you order it too. For dinner, we ordered both the Chicken and Steak Fajitas (the steak was perfectly rare and extremely tender). They came with so many fixins’ that we couldn’t fit them on the table – dirty rice, pico de gallo, guacamole, black beans or refried beans, sour cream, and lettuce. One of our group ordered the Seafood Enchiladas which had crab, prawns, and lobster in a seafood bisque. That looked delicious. Other items on the menu were Quesadillas, Burritos, Enchiladas, Tacos, and Chimichangas. For dessert, we ordered Flan which was the creamiest caramel custard and melts in your mouth.
Geraud’s Patisserie, located in the South Hill Plaza, is a French bakery, bistro, boutique, and bar. Everything at the bakery/bistro is made fresh daily on the premises. For breakfast, Geraud’s offers many types of pastries – croissants; turnovers; and delicious peach, cherry, lemon, blueberry, cheese, and cinnamon Danish. He also offers every bagel and spread flavor you can imagine – including authentic New York Style bagels with salmon, cream cheese, thinly sliced red onion, and capers. Breakfast includes pancakes, omelets, wraps, and fresh yogurt.
Geraud’s also serves lunch – offering fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, and wraps. The menu includes chicken Caesar salad, pad Thai, Reuben sandwich, Nicoise salad, BLT, pulled pork, and more. Some say that these are the best sandwiches on the island.
Beverages offered include espresso, cappuccino, cafe latte, assorted tea, hot chocolate and refreshing smoothies with every fruit imaginable. There is also a bar at the rear of the bakery. Diners can sit under shady umbrellas and trees on the front terrace or take their food to go.
The bakery/bistro also offers catering services and artful wedding cakes. Geraud’s Patisserie is a little bit Paris with a little of the tropics mixed in. You can’t go wrong with anything you order, and the prices are very reasonable. Bon Appetit!
Roy’s is an English-style pub on Sandy Ground’s beach. They are famous for their Fish and Chips and many say they are the best on the island – crispy, tender, moist, and served with great homemade tartar sauce. Roy’s also serves the best lobster bisque we’ve ever had, and this is coming from a couple of New Englanders. Don’t forget to try their fresh seafood and delicious steaks! For dessert, you must have their homemade coconut cake. Roy’s also offers delicious daily $10 specials like the juicy Reuben with home-made cole slaw and fries.
SandBar is beachfront on Sandy Ground and just re-opened under new ownership in January 2014. We were excited to find out that the popular tapas menu was being continued. We started with the “Chilled Roasted Vegetables with Herbed Goat Cheese & Baguette”. Then, we tried the “Tropical Sweet & Savory Wings”, which were perfectly hot and crispy with a delicious sweet and spicy sauce. Next came the “Tuna Poki with Crispy Wontons”. This is an Ahi tuna carpaccio with green onions & sesame seeds in a spicy creamy chili soy sauce – really yummy. One of the carry-over items from the previous owners was the delicious “SandBar Fries with Spicy Aioli”. They were perfectly hot and crispy and the aioli was awesome. Next, we were excited for the “Grilled Black Angus Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri”. We ordered it medium rare, and it was perfectly cooked – charbroiled on the outside, pink on the inside, and very tender. Lastly, we ordered the “Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce”. The chicken was nice and tender and the sauce had a “kick” of ginger which was delicious. For dessert, we had a Triple Chocolate Pudding – layered with a white custard, velvety chocolate pudding, and whipped cream. Yum!
Valley Bistro is the “go to” spot for many tourists when in Anguilla. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the kitchen is open late. The food is spectacular and prices are incredibly reasonable for Anguilla. For breakfast, Valley Bistro offers French Toast that is among the best we’ve ever tasted! It was so light and delicious and needed only a small amount of maple syrup. It’s totally different from French toast in the states. For lunch and dinner, the Nicoise Salad was first-rate, as was the Beef Bourguignon! The Bistro also offers a fantastic salmon entree with a lemon butter caper sauce. Another favorite is the Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Mustard Sauce and the ahi tuna entrees. The wine prices are very fair. The new seating area in the back is a nice addition. If you’re lucky and the season is right, you might get a complimentary glass of homemade passion fruit rum after dinner.
Other favorites include Smokey’s at the Cove and The Place (on Rendezvous Bay), Corner Pizza (our favorite pizza on Anguilla), and B&D’s Barbeque (our favorite BBQ).
Carimar Beach Club’s concierge services – “Carimar Caring” – will be happy to make your reservations for you at any of these eateries. You can browse the menus in the front office.