Let me start by saying this; I’m not into seeking out local haunts while in a foreign country or anywhere for that matter. Especially while on vacation with the family, probably the way I was brought up. Always going for safe and predictable. Well, that is starting to change. While staying on Grand Cayman Island on Seven Mile Beach at the Cayman Reef Resort our family opted to go out to lunch with our dear friends. We had enough sun for the moment and since I’m usually the designate grill master I got some time off, count me in.
Our friends have stayed on the island many times and told of this out of the way restaurant. Don’t expect anything fancy they said. By the way bring cash and something to drink, we brought Caybrew Beer did I mention the view of the ocean is breathtaking.
We all agreed that this was going to be our adventure for the day and hopped in the van and away we went.
A short drive from Seven Mile Beach and we pulled into a parking lot and there was the ocean view. Just as pretty as they said it would be. We turned around to see the restaurant and saw a building (if you could call it that) that looked like it had been assembled from the remnants and found items from the last hurricane. That being said there was an island charm to this place. Very welcoming, menu proudly displayed. An order window with a friendly native person with a smile and wonderful meet and greet skills. I love this. Not welcome to McBurger Doodle can I take your order.
Now I’m intrigued. We placed our order and picked out our spot on some picnic tables under a tin roof in the shade and waited for our order. The fish was fresh caught and cooked on a small grill in the back. They had grouper, chicken, Mahi Mahi, fish soup, all cooked Cayman style. This isn’t a hamburger joint so don’t even ask. This is authentic Cayman cooking. Our food was brought out on paper plates and we felt most at home. It was like going to someone’s home for a BBQ. Well, after eating this delightful cuisine we just had to meet the chef. His name is Ronaldo. A wonderful man who’s heart is into cooking and making a living for his family who by the way all help out.
The place was clean and well-kept and they had these clear baggies filled with water hanging around the place. We couldn’t figure out what they were used for. Ronaldo enlightened us. “They are to keep the flies away.” Never heard of such a thing. I looked it up on the internet when I got back and sure enough there was an article on it.
The education you get from locals is priceless. Ronaldo and his family make you feel like part of their family. The cash meal was only $10 and you couldn’t finish all that was served you. The food tasted out of this world. We tipped the family big time and they were so appreciative.
Trips like this have opened me up to exploring more and learning more about the local culture. You don’t have to spend tons of cash to have a great meal and really get to know local people. Cayman people are some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met.
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