Fresh seafood, the Bahamian good life at Arawak Cay’s Anchorage Haven [classic article]

When you picture yourself enjoying lunch at a tropical paradise, what does it look like? No doubt, you envision a view of crystal blue waters. You might picture a cold beer, fresh local seafood and maybe even — like “The Most Interesting Man in the World” — enjoying an exotic (and forbidden in the USA) Cuban cigar. You can have all of this and more at Arawak Cay’s Anchorage Haven in the Bahamas. I was very glad to be hosted to experience it!

Fresh seafood, the Bahamian good life at Arawak Cay's Anchorage Haven
Fresh seafood, the Bahamian good life at Arawak Cay’s Anchorage Haven
Tamar Alexia Fleishman, Esq.

Start with a Bahamian beer, Kalik. The locals pronounce it something like “K’lik.” It’s a pilsner style beer with a bit of bite.

Grouper is hard to find in the US outside of Florida and Bahamian style lobster impossible. You can get a lunch platter featuring both! Bahamian cuisine differs from others nearby, in that it’s not spicy, but rather herby. Limes are used as garnish, opposed to lemons.

Their lobster is a bit smaller and firmer than other lobsters. The grouper served at Anchorage Haven is tender inside, crispy outside and perfectly fresh.

You can pick from a number of side dishes, so I went for a couple of traditional favorites: peas and rice, and what they call “macaroni” (mac and cheese). Their mac and cheese is excellent! It comes in a baked square with extra baked cheese on top.

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