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5 Noteworthy Restaurants in Belize City

Wet Lizard restaurant
Wet Lizard restaurant; credit: Wikimedia

Belize City is home to several distinct cultures, each with their own ethnic cuisines, the combination of which has created a unique quality of food offered within the city.

Furthermore, the proximity to the sea and thus the availability of fresh seafood and a climate perfect for growing fresh food has created a city that is a food lover’s dream.

Belize City’s wonderful food choices have allowed it to compete with the tourist magnet San Pedro on Ambergris Caye with upmarket restaurants serving the city’s affluent elite. Here, we present five of the most loved restaurants in the city.

1. Dit’s Restaurant

“It’s nice to be important, but more important to be nice” is the slogan of Dit’s Restaurant located on King Street.

The chef uses old Creole recipes to make dishes such as Stew Chicken and Boil-Up. Their dishes include a combination of fish, cassava, plantains, and yam boiled together with coconut milk.

The jam roll is like a pop-tart complete with homemade strawberry jam, as well as the salbute,  which is a soft corn tortilla with cabbage, chicken, and pico de gallo, are also popular choices.

Dessert options are just as varied. Dit’s has a variety of homemade treats including coconut tarts, pound cake, and lemon pie.

2. Bird’s Isle Restaurant

Bird’s Isle Restaurant is located on the southern coast of the town and is a popular spot for having dinner. It’s one of the most beautiful restaurants in Belize City, featuring a large, wooden deck built right on the water with a traditional thatch roof.

Bird’s Isle Restaurant has a large tourist-friendly menu including chicken wings and conch fritters and daily rotating specials, e.g. beef soup, which is served with white coconut rice and plantains on the side. Those who stay for desert may run into Karaoke and other types of entertained.

3. The Wet Lizard

When visitors are walking along the “boardwalk” at the waterfront near the Tourism Village, they will definitely pass “The Wet Lizard.”

Perched high above the village, the Wet Lizard provides a unique view of Belize Harbour. Whether tourists are taking a break from shopping or waiting to depart for a tour, the Wet Lizard is a great place to enjoy a cold drink and a taste of Belizean cuisine.

Boasting a prime setting on a second-floor covered deck overlooking the Swing Bridge, this raucous restaurant provides one of the most popular menus in town.

The menu here is simple, with an emphasis on sandwiches, burgers, coconut shrimp, conch fritters, and American-style bar food with certain Belizean elements mixed into the daily rotation.

4. Smokey Mermaid

Anyone who likes classy places may stop by The Smokey Mermaid situated in the inner courtyard of the Great House Hotel in the Fort George area.

Guests are given the option to choose from the lush garden courtyard, private jungle decks, palapa dining, or an AC dining section for the ultimate dining experience. They also have a full service bar and bar deck dining available.

The smoky Mermaid has a variety of menus. It offers breakfast, lunch and dinner menus daily. They includes a variety of special dishes for momentous events such as birthdays or Mothers’ Day as well as the rare lobster as they are authorized to serve lobster, even during the off season.

5. Stonegrill Restaurant

Just opened in October 2002, Stonegrill Restaurant is located at the Radisson Hotel.

Stonegrill is about dining in fine style. Its most popular dish is a type of lean and delectable steak and healthy side options.

The restaurant also is popular for its extensive wine list or sips of freshly-made signature cocktail served by their in-house wine connoisseurs. All visitors need to do here is to select their most loved seafood, chicken, vegetables, etc. as well as the type of dish you would like and the chefs will whip up a plate on their volcanic stone grills.

The atmosphere is also quite relaxing as it is located underneath a thatched roof with tables and chairs in a beautiful scenery with a garden view and palm trees.

Apart from the amazing mix of cuisines available at these restaurants that may include Africa, Spanish, and even Mayan recipes, Belizean restaurants offer the warmth and easy going atmosphere akin to the Caribbean. Truly, a trip to any of these restaurants will provide that sense of relaxation and appeasement that everyone yearns for.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
January 22, 2014

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