Freeport offers plenty of dining options for all budgets
WHAT-TO-DO – FREEPORT/LUCAYA, GRAND BAHAMA ISLAND – JAN 2007 EDITION
Dining options on Grand Bahama include everything from haute cuisine in an elegant dining room to hamburgers on the beach. There’s a range of international choices, but don’t go home without trying a Bahamian favourite – conch fritters, crack’ conch, peas ’n rice, grouper, chicken souse or guava duff. Below is a listing of some of Grand Bahama’s restaurants and bars.
LE MED MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT: This restaurant and bar on the marina specializes in Mediterranean cuisine and American and Bahamian dishes with Mediterranean flair. The menu has European breads and pastries, rotisserie meats, crêpes, tapas and paëlla. Full bar and an extensive selection of wines from around the world. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Port Lucaya Marketplace, tel 374-2804.
LUCIANO’S: The ultimate in fine dining, featuring French and continental cuisine, using the freshest ingredients, served in a sophisticated setting. Alfresco dining on patios with a view of Port Lucaya Marina or the bandstand, Count Basie Sq. The most extensive wine list on the island. Open daily 5:30-10pm. Reservations suggested. Port Lucaya Marketplace, tel 373-9100.
SHERATON & WESTIN RESORTS AT LUCAYA: Comprises Sheraton at Our Lucaya and Westin at Our Lucaya. Choose from a multitude of restaurants, bars and lounges with something to please every palate. For hours and reservations, call 373-1333.
• Barracudas is a ’50s style American diner with a Bahamian twist.
• On Higher Grounds is a perfect place to grab a freshly baked bagel and a cup of coffee or espresso.
• China Beach offers cutting-edge Pacific Rim cuisine with an Asian flair.
• China Grill serves up traditional grilled fare with Chinese flavours.
• Churchill’s Chop House features imported steaks and local seafood.
• Havana Cay Cigar Bar specializes in fine wine, beer and cigars.
• Iries has the sights, sounds and spices of the Caribbean.
• Portobellos offers Italian cuisine with an emphasis on Tuscan specialities.
• The Prop Club is a sports bar and dance club serving tropical snacks and beverages.
• Sugar Mill Bar & Grill, located next to the water, is the perfect spot for burgers, sandwiches and light fare.
• Waves Bar & Grill offers beverages and snacks, a short stroll from the Serpentine Pool.
• Willy Broadleaf is a unique marketplace buffet with distinctive dishes from around the world.
Enjoy an action-filled visit to the 20,000 sq ft Isle of Capri Casino, which features 21 table games and 400 slot machines. Play three-card poker, roulette, blackjack, craps, Caribbean stud and mini-baccarat. High-limit players will want to place their bets in the exclusive Jewel of the Isle room which includes food and beverage service. Gaming customers can enjoy bistro-style dining and late-night live entertainment at the elegant Cove restaurant bar.
PARADISE COVE’S RED BAR: Take a break from snorkelling, kayaking and beach games to enjoy lunch alfresco. Choose from hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken or veggie burgers, fish, French fries, peas ’n rice, conch fritters and even lobster in season. Paradise Cove, Deadman’s Reef, tel 349-2677.
PAT & DIANE FANTASIA TOURS: Enjoy a feast aboard Fantasia, a double-deck catamaran. Packages include steak & lobster cruise, chicken & ribs dinner cruise and much more. Hors d’oeuvres, wines, Bahama mama cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks available. Accommodates groups and weddings. Tours depart from the Port Lucaya Resort dock. Call for reservations and departure times. Tel 373-8681 or 373-6107.
PORT LUCAYA MARKETPLACE: Experience fine and casual dining at a variety of restaurants. Enjoy live entertainment 8pm-12 midnight at the centre bandstand, Count Basie Sq. Hear the latest sounds in Bahamian calypso, soca, reggae, golden oldies, American top 40 and rap. Stop by on Sun for local and international gospel performances, when scheduled. Tel 373-8446.
SPARKY’S BAR: This newest addition to the bustling Port Lucaya Marketplace is a quaint and hip new watering hole combining South Beach style with the relaxed atmosphere of The Bahamas. Patrons will find chocolate martinis, tart "appletinis," fantastic margaritas and local beer on tap. Enjoy your libation at the cool concrete bar or on Sparky’s deck with views of Count Basie Sq and Port Lucaya Marina. DJs spin a variety of tunes to please everyone’s musical palate four nights a week. Come early because it’s hard to get a seat in this trendy hangout. Open seven days. Port Lucaya Marketplace, tel 374-4232.
REEF TOURS LTD: All aboard the Fantasea, a 48 ft custom sailing catamaran, for a romantic evening sail off the shores of Lucaya with wine and cheese. Call for sailing times. Tel 373-5880 or 373-5891 for reservations.
RUBY SWISS EUROPEAN RESTAURANT: Featuring the warmth and charm of Europe, quality food, excellent seafood and a wine list with reasonably priced vintages. The largest gourmet menu and best seafood in Grand Bahama. Open for lunch, dinner and late-night snacks. Dinner special for two, $40 (gratuity included). Open daily 11am until… Dinner served nightly from 6pm. Dine to the sounds of Perry Gilbert on the guitar. Atlantic Way, just off West Sunrise Hwy, tel 352-8507.
UNEXSO’S DIVE-IN BAR & GRILL: This casual, relaxed waterfront bar and grill is a great place for breakfast and lunch or a refreshing drink. Good food, freshly cooked, includes burgers prepared to your liking, sandwiches, salads (such as grilled chicken Caesar), pizza, soups and Bahamian conch fritters. Open daily 8am until… Breakfast served until 11am. Port Lucaya Marketplace, tel 373-1244.
ZORBAS GREEK CUISINE: Visit Zorbas and feel the romance of the isles of Greece. Experience authentic Greek cuisine and hospitality. Freshly made Greek salads, gyros, souvlaki, kebabs, moussaka and mouth-watering Greek pastries, as well as beer, ouzo and Greek wines, including retsina. Indoor and outdoor dining available. Bahamian breakfast and daily specials. Open daily 7am-10pm, Port Lucaya Marketplace, tel 373-6137.
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