Eat & Drink
The best way to buy our delicious, locally made, freshly cooked food is to go out and look for a food fair or a fish fry at the weekend. There are often people barbecuing on the street and our lobster is cooked straight from the sea. Local specialities include deer meat, land turtle, lobster, crab, conch, locally raised beef, lamb or goat, with side dishes of rice, fungi, or dumplings. Some foods are only available at certain times and so are harder to find. It can also be ordered if you ask a local person to cook it for you. Drinks include soursop, ginger beer, sea moss, tamarind and other local juices. If you are a foodie you will love Barbuda. If you are just looking for a burger and fries or barbecued chicken, we are very good at that too.
Most of our eating places are local and small with a limited menu, and are often open at certain times only – many people cook from home. You may have to book a cafe or restaurant in advance or it might close out of the tourist season, so call to see if they are open before you go. Buying cooked breakfast is popular and most Barbudan street food is gone by the early afternoon, so don’t miss out by looking too late; or buy it early and save it for later. There are one or two bakers and they open VERY early for bread, but it can also be bought in the shop on certain days.
Fresh fish and lobster depend on good weather and are often sold on the street out of a cool box, or at the Fisheries wharf as the boats come in at around 2 – 4pm most days. Local veg and fruit are also sold on the street; there is no market on Barbuda although sometimes local veg is sold in the Council agriculture building.