Top 10 Latin/Caribbean Restaurants
Quote for Today: Electra is coming, the new world sounds good. King Agamemnon’s wife (Way before our time).
Christmas is almost here and as shoppers battle the effect of the winter storm Electra, maybe it is time to head a little further South. A great meal closer to the equator might make you feel a little more warm and fuzzy. Here are our Top 10 Latin/Caribbean Restaurants to enjoy the sunshine and some great food. All of these places have a great view whether you’re in GQ mode or dressing down.
A. Banana Tree Grill
: St. Thomas
- End the year with a day on the beach and dine overlooking Charlotte Amelia Harbor at historic Blackbeard’s Castle. Savor Chef McCaffrey’s Champagne and Lobster Bisque, Frisée and Roasted Pear Salad, grass fed Veal Porterhouse with a muse of Jalapeño Yukon Gold Gratin, Asparagus Bundles and Béarnaise sauce, then a Chocolate Sin 2014.
B. Tegui: Buenos Aires - The street art surrounding the unassuming door at the entrance is much more than graffiti. Once inside the sly entrance you are met by an outside courtyard with beautiful banana trees leading to a dining room with a sleek black and white interior and a stainless open kitchen. Forty-five guests are allowed to witness a great chef in action. One of the world’s top 50 Restaurants, the menu changes weekly. If on the menu, try the King Crab with Coconut Cream and Mango.
C. The Cliff
- At around $150. for a three course meal this place could warrant the price for the view alone. The food will stand up to the cost even if you were served in the basement. The Tuna, Dolphin and King Fish Sashimi with a Latin/Asian Radish Salad is a great start followed by the Grilled Swordfish with Thai Curry and Coriander Vinaigrette topped with a Grilled Pineapple Radish.
D. Corazón de Tierra
: Guadalupe Mexico
- The front runner in Baja California cuisine located in Mexican wine country. Another member of Latin America’s Top 50 Restaurants with a menu that changes daily. Chef Diego Hernandez and his loyal staff transform local ingredients into gastronomic bliss. A must have is Filet of Rock Cod with Tomato Aioli, Sprouted Lentils and Broccoli.
E. Chez Bernard
: Salvador Brazil
- An unbelievable view and the best French cuisine in Salvador. This place is very romantic and a little expensive. Since 1967, Chef Bernard has strived for a posh setting and refined cuisine. Whether Surf or Turf, Bernard’s offerings are sublime. Go with the Chef selected Fish of the Amazon and move on to the Ribs Cordare or the Skirt Steak.
: Montego Bay Jamaica
- From what has been said, this is the best, most authentic, Jamaican experience you can get. The Jerk can’t be beat and the atmosphere and patrons are not too shabby either. Watch the cooks (Master’s) grill the chicken and pork covered in local, sustainable, carefully prepared, traditional, spices and sauce (just kidding) right before your eyes. Kidding because it matters not, this is as good as a Jamaican Jerk gets and I don’t care what you say. I guess I won’t be holding any political/culinary office anytime soon.
G. On the Rocks: St. Barthelemy (Barths) - Another place to eat no matter what, the view is unforgettable, only in this case John Georges Vongerichten has his hand in it. The focus is on Asian cuisine on the street level using local ingredients. Try the Seared Gulf Shrimp in Pumpkin Puree. Did I say, John Georges? Enough Said.
H. Puratierra: Buenos Aires
– With a menu based on the seasons, Chef Martin Malteni gives you the best in Argentine cuisine with an eight course menu from White Fish to Bondiala Pork.
I. Le Mabouya: St-Luce Martinique
- Only open for a few months, this place has already made its mark with Chef Jean-Paul Debreuil’s cuisine. With his Cajun and Creole background, French technique and Caribbean products this restaurant has been very well received. We just wrote about Bouillabaisse and at this place it flies out of the kitchen. Their Steak au Poivre with Roquefort, Shallots and Morsels ain’t bad either.
J. Da Conch Shack
: Turks and Caicos BWI
- The picture should tell you what you need to know. Seafood galore and more rum that you could possibly ingest. The Conch is pulled right out of the sea and the chickens in the area are scared of the word Jerk. If you can’t find happiness here, I’ll listen to your problems for $1500. an hour. Teleconference only. I’ll be busy eating Conch.
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