Restaurants in The Bahamas: Gastronomy & Typical Cuisine
Influenced by tourists from all over the globe, the Bahamas offers various international cuisines including American, Greek, French, Italian, Caribbean, Mediterranean, and Chinese, along with traditional Bahamian cuisine.
A mixture of African, American, British, and native influences has contributed to the islands' cultural expressions, most noticeably in goombay music (a typical Bahamian rhythm) and in the regional cuisine.
Seafood is widely used in Bahamian cooking. The Conch, a kind of large saltwater snail, is typically seasoned with lemon juice and spices and prepared raw, in salads, in soups, or fried. Other delicious seafood includes grilled lobster, grilled crab, and fried fish, usually served in salads or alongside rice, bananas, peas and beans. A typical Bahamian soup is the "Souse", prepared with onion, celery, peppers, and a combination of beef and pig's tail to give the soup its authentic and original flavor.
All of the islands have very fertile soil, producing a great variety of tropical fruits like the soursop, guava, papaya, pineapple, mango, coconut and sapote. These fruits are often used in desserts and refreshing drinks, making them a staple in the Bahamian diet.
Typical drinks of the Bahamas include coconut water mixed with milk and gin, beer, and the Switcher, a refreshing drink made from lemons. Exotic cocktails prepared with rum are always popular throughout the islands.
Whether you want to discover regional dishes at local stands, enjoy a romantic dinner or try gourmet cuisine in a fine restaurant, the Bahamas offers a great variety of regional and international cuisine to fit any budget.
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