Like much of the culture, Tobago's traditional cuisine is heavily influenced by the African heritage of its inhabitants.
The island's delicious specialties include crab and flour dumplings simmered in a thick curry and coconut sauce, and a thin, spicy drink touted as an aphrodisiac called pacro water (prepared by boiling sea cockroach, a local shellfish).
Store Bay, a 10 minute walk from Crown Point International Airport, is home to some of Tobago's best cooks who sell authentic local fare out of beachfront kiosks.
In the resort districts of Crown Point and Buccoo, stylish gourmet restaurants serve menus incorporating international styles with local spices and ingredients.
Remember when exploring Tobago that restaurants are concentrated in the resort areas.
For more information on dining in Tobago, visit the dining and nightlife guide www.cre-ole.com
Sometimes, enjoying a great meal is not only about the food.
A lively atmosphere, made special with indigenous music and interesting company promotes a meal from tasty to extraordinary. If you are looking for a culinary experience that's out of the ordinary, Tobago's signature food festivals serves up a delicious medley.
Tobago Heritage Festival
Cultural and culinary displays in various Tobago villages.
Date: July 13th to August 1st
Venue: Tobago's villages
Contact: Heritage Office (868) 639-4441
Blue Food Festival
Village cooks display their culinary skills with local ingredients and recipes
Date: October 21st
Venue: L'Anse Fourmi Bloody Bay Recreation Grounds
Contact: Tourism Office (868) 639-2125 or (868) 639-4636
The main ingredients of Tobago's Creole cuisine are the foods of West Africa, like okra, pigeon peas, plantains and callaloo, brought to the island during the African slave trade.
Over generations, other ingredients, like Amerindian cassava and curry from India, have been adopted to create signature Tobago fare.
Food Kiosks at Store Bay
Style: Traditional Tobago Creole cuisine
Location: Store Bay, Crown Point
Phone: Tobago Tourism Information Office (868) 639-0509
Price Range: US $5 to US$10
The flair of Europe, spices of Asia and Caribbean passion are combined with the freshest home grown ingredients to create an experience in international dining unique to Tobago. If you are craving a memorable gourmet dining experience, see our listing of restaurants.
From the traditional Saturday lunch of rich fish broth, combining legumes, dumplings, chunks of provisions and fresh herbs, to fresh spiny lobster grilled at an impromptu beach bar-be-que, Tobago's cuisine is complimented by the sea's fresh bounty.
|Caribbean Fusion Cuisine|
|Corner Store Bay Local Road & Milford Road, Crown Point||US$6 - US$ 30||(868) 631-8205
|Coral Reef Restaurant||Hilton Tobago Golf & Spa Resort||US$12 - US$50||(868) 660-8500
|International Cuisine with a Caribbean Flair|
|First left off Pigeon Point Road, Crown Point||US$6 - US$42||(868) 639-0996
|Stonehaven Villas, Stonehaven Bay, Black Rock||US$4 - US$32||(868) 639-0361
|MeShell's||Corner Shirvan and Old Buccoo Roads, Mt Pleasant||US$7 - US$50||(868) 631-0353 firstname.lastname@example.org
|Toucan Inn, Store Bay Local Road, Crown Point||US$4 - US$38||(868) 639-7173
|Shirvan Watermill||Shirvan Road, Mt Pleasant, Tobago||US$8 - US$40||(868) 639-0000
|La Terrazza||Tobago Plantations Golf & Spa Resort, Lowlands, Tobago||US$4 - US$ 30||(868) 639-8242 l
|Caribbean Chula||133 Shirvan Road, Mt Pleasant||US$4 - US$30||(868) 631-0121|
|Seafood & Steaks|
|Charthouse Restaurant||Crown Point Beach Hotel, Crown Point||US$9 - US$30||(868) 631-2006|
|The Seahorse Inn www.seahorseinntobago.com
||Old Grafton Beach Road, Black Rock, Tobago||US$20 - US$45||(868) 639-0686
|Pelican Reef Bar & Grill||Milford Road, Crown Point||US$6 - US$61||(868) 631-8080
|Patino's Restaurant www.enchantedwaterstobago.com
||198-202 Shirvan Road, Buccoo||US$7 - US$39||(868) 639-9481
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