Best Places to Eat in San Pedro, Belize
San Pedro, Belize, a small town located on Ambergris Caye, is home to several world-class restaurants with world-class prices. Photos of San Pedro don't do the island justice. Dinner at the Phoneix Hotel's Red Ginger restaurant, or the super-swank Victoria House costs the same as dinner in the States - assuming you dine at the Ritz. If you're staying at on a ritzy private island like Cayo Espanto or Star Island, nightly fine dining may be within reach.
For the rest of us, San Pedro offers amazing food at affordable prices. Travel to SAn Pedro, Belize doesn't have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of places too good to pass, so read up, chow down and prepare to be amazed at the quality and variety of foods available for less than $10US.
Robin's Kitchen has rave reviews on TripAdvisor and other travel websites. The praise is well-deserved. Robin serves up some of the best Jamaican-Belizean fusion fare on the island.
On his menu, traditional Jamaican jerk chicken joins Belizean staples like grilled fish and beans and rice. Make sure to grab a fork. Robin's jerk chicken is so tender it practically falls off the bone. The red beans and rice are dry - a pleasant contrast to chicken and fish bathed in sweet and tangy jerk sauce.
If you're rationing your street food intake, visit Robin first. Located about 1.5 miles south of town, he's a bit off the beaten path for guests at downtown hotels. If you're staying in the south, you'll pass Robin's "restaurant" several times a day.
Robin's place looks and feels like a backyard barbecue, but don't be fooled by the casual flair. The heavy black smoker gets going shortly after dawn. By mid-morning, delicious smells waft up and down the street for Belizean blocks. At 10am, the shutters rise and Robin's ready to dish-up some of the best barbecue on the island. There's always a crowd at the tables, but there's always room for more.
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Ms. Sara's Kitchen
Ms. Sara's Kitchen is another phenomenal restaurant south of town. The food is simple, but the service is great and the food is outstanding.
The Belizean breakfast at Ms. Sara's is not to be missed.
The Fry Jacks (pronounced Fry Yacks) are larger than normal, half the size of tortillas instead of a quarter. This makes them handy for slathering with beans , butter, jam or a combination of all three. No struggling to fill the pocket, just layer on the toppings and enjoy.
The deep-fried dough is light and crispy, not greasy, and the beans have just a bit of flair without being overwhelmingly spicy. That makes them perfect for an easy morning meal, before a more flavor-intense lunch or dinner. They're not bland by any means, but when traveling San Pedro, it's wise to pick your battles.
So if you spent the night at the RoadKill Bar across the street, and you've stumbled back to find you dignity, your shame or your iPhone, stop at Ms. Sara's for quality food that'll get your morning back on track.
If you'll making the long trek downtown for a water trip, stop for food that'll get you going. If you're doing yoga at the Exotic Caye Resort, stop for a snack before or after. If you're just walking by and need a break, have a sit down, a Belizean breakfast and a smile to brighten your day.
Mickey's is a hole-in-the wall restaurant, but it answers the mail for Americans seeking standard fare with a Belizean twist.
If you're fresh off your flight, just in from your Water Taxi or blessed with children uninterested in foreign cuisine, Mickey's is the place for you.
The French Fries at Mickey's are to die for. Fresh potatoes drenched in oil. They're a greasy spoon dream and your arteries' worst nightmare.
The fried chicken is equally amazing. Crisp skin, tender meat and outstanding flavor without a greasy aftertaste.
Mickey's also offers the familiar foods children love, but with a Belizean twist. The chicken fingers are strips of chicken breast dipped in batter and deep-friend to deliciousness. The grilled cheese sandwiches are fresh local cheese trapped between two slices of homestyle bread and toasted to perfection. Half a sandwich is enough to satisfy the kids, but the sandwiches are so tasty, that grown-ups take care of any leftovers.