If you’re staying at the Inn — or just passing through Bodden Town — this spot is a must! Fresh fish and the trimmings, expertly fried before your eyes, just 200′ down the beach from the Inn. Only open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and on public Holidays. You can bring your own wine and beer and enjoy the delicious food at a table under one of the thatched gazebos on the beach. Located just behind Lorna’s Texaco station, the convenience store, and small liquor outlet. The choice of fish typically includes snapper, mahi, wahoo, and grouper, or whatever the local fishermen catch, at very reasonable prices!
Located on the waterfront in North Side, this lively and informal beachfront restaurant and bar serves good and reasonably priced Caribbean and Cayman fare. Known for delicious fresh fish dishes, Over the Edge is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers take-out meals and a seaside terrace. The menu and staff are the same as The Edge, which regrettably closed its doors in Bodden Town at the end of September 2003. Service is very informal — and quite slow at times — but this is a fun spot for when you’re not in a rush. A good “pit-stop” on your way to or from Rum Point and Cayman Kai.
Tel: (345) 323-4239
Located just a couple of hundred feet east of the Inn, a short walk down the beach, Sea Side Paradise offers local dishes, simply served but expertly prepared. Laid-back dining on their beachfront terrace, a varying menu, and very affordable prices. Bring your own wine or beer, and enjoy fried chicken, jerk dishes, fresh fish, lobster, and a number of local and oriental specials among the chef’s daily selection. You’re dressed just fine the way you are, but bring cash. No credit cards accepted.
Tel: (345) 947-3155
Probably the best dining value on Grand Cayman — less than a mile west from Turtle Nest Inn & Condos, in Bodden Town. Very tasty jerk chicken or pork. A quarter chicken, complete with rice and beans, spicy sauce and “festival” (Jamaican corn bread), for only CI$5.00! A large portion is CI$7.00. A nice walk, if you eat at a picnic table on their lawn. Otherwise, take the car, carry it back to the Inn, pop open a bottle of wine and enjoy. Other local dishes may include oxtail stew, baked chicken, BBQ ribs, etc. If you’re coming to Grand Cayman to “go native” — or to keep costs down — Rankin’s Jerk Centre is a must! Closed on Sunday.
This little local dining spot features only outdoor tables, but all under a canvass cover in case of rain. It’s located on Frank Sound Road, just before the junction with North Side Road leading to Rum Point, and run by well-known local politician and able chef, Kurt Tibbetts. The menu includes appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, pasta, Cayman specialties and locally caught fish and seafood, along with a vegetarian special and a kids’ menu. Very limited choice of alcohol, so you might want to bring your own wine. Simple, but tasty and inexpensive fare served seven days a week from 11:00am to 10:00pm.
Jiri and Dahema have just opened the Czech Inn Grill in Bodden Town, where Chester’s jerk stand used to be. This new spot promises to be a real dining attraction for Inn guests. Close by, offering take-out as well as BYOB terrace dining, the menu is surprisingly varied and the food excellent and affordable. Chef Jiri, who hails from the Czech Republic, is former head chef at Morgan’s Harbour and Grand Old House, and aside from many jerk dishes, and interesting burgers (including a jerk burger), fresh, local fish, steak (the most expensive dish at CI$18), on offer are chicken schnitzel and other Eastern European specialties.
This delightful and affordable restaurant, just off West Bay Road, is located next door to the old cinema (now closed), and pretty close to Grand Cayman’s new one in Camana Bay. Ideal for an after-movie snack or meal, seven days a week. Good caesar salad and bruschetta among starters, and very good pizza, pasta and some imaginative sandwiches including an excellent (and filling) Caribbean roti, or rolled sandwich, with jerk chicken and curried veggies in a fire-roasted flat bread. Dine inside or on the outdoor terrace — or order “to go”.