Eat & Drink
The best way to buy our delicious, locally made, freshly cooked food is to go out and look for it. There may be 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.
Local drinks include soursop, ginger beer, sea moss, and tamarind juices. If you are a foodie you will love Barbuda; our cooks are some of the best in the Caribbean, often work all over the world and win prizes wherever they go. 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 limited menu’s, and are often open at certain times only – many people cook from home. You may have to book in advance or it might close out of the tourist season, so please call to see if they are open before you go. Most Barbudan food is sold early in the day and buying cooked breakfast is popular. Lunch is gone by the early afternoon, so don’t miss out by looking too late; or buy it early and save it for later.
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.