Grand Cayman -East End Eats

Old Dec 7th, 2010, 03:17 PM
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Grand Cayman -East End Eats

Hi Fodorites! Headed to the Reef Resort for a few days on our upcoming trip to Grand Cayman. Is there any place to eat in the area besides the hotel. I suspect we are going to want to venture out for meals.

Thanks for the help!

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Old Dec 7th, 2010, 06:03 PM
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over the edge on the way to rum point looks shabby but has good food/bar.
the restaurant at rum point is very good. a table at sunset is delightful.
burgers are better at rum point beach food than at kaibo.
out the road past kaibo is 'starfish point'. you have to park & walk a short distance but on the left side of the point are all colors of starfish.
going the other direction from reef
vivienne's kitchen is supposed to be good. small, local lady cooks.
also in the area are portofino - fancy and the lighthouse. you'll go by both on your drive to the reef.

if you like plants at all go to the botanical gardens (also green cayman parrots & blue iguana) or see native plants on the mastic trail.

there is a small grocery just across the road from reef, also liquor store, small gift shop & there may still be a bakery (we weren't too impressed)
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Old Dec 7th, 2010, 06:38 PM
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Over the Edge is one of my favorites on the North Side (Fresh fish, esp. Wahoo are great). Portofino's was OK, but has recently been replaced by Tukka, an excellent Australian/Caribbean Fusion place (think Crocodile Conch Fritters) with the chef formerly at Deckers on SMB. Vivine's kitchen is a bastion of local cuisine served out of her home's kitchen. Just down the road from the Lighthouse (pricey and have had more good experience than bad) in Breakers (town name) is South Shore Grill (more local and seafood, good value, s l o w service). Arlaine's is a close-by take-out lunch option across from the Compass Pointe dive center (I prefer Vivine's).

Must differ with Virginia on the burger recommendation, I love Kaibo's burgers & fries (lunch in general), especially as a hangover cure, and rarely dare eat at Rum Point's Wharf Bar & Grill (great setting, but too many bad experiences with food and service quality). Both the Rum Point dinner restaurant (different from the lunch one, fresh fish is the way to go here) and Kaibo's weekend only upstairs restaurant (a bit of a South Beach vibe, menu has been evolving) are very good. Kaibo does have some theme nights which are really nice and Tuesday has a beach BBQ buffet with a live band (food is OK, band is fun).

Finally, Driftwoods is a local type bar that also serves bar and local fare.

These websites may be helpful:

http://www.caymangoodtaste.com/
Under the location filter look at Bodden Town, Breakers, Rum Point/Cayman Kai and East End for the closer eating option. Good map feature.

http://www.caymanrestaurants.com/maps/ss.html

If you have the chance and are so inclined, the night bio-luminescent bay tour is really cool.
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Old Dec 7th, 2010, 07:29 PM
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Tukka was great! Good food, great service. If they have the special for lionfish ceviche, give it a try. Actually a good tasting fish, and a good use for this invasive fish that is destructive to Caribbean ecosystem.

Vivine's is a great place for local food and local juices.

In Bodden Town, there is a small hut by the gas station that serves fish fry type of food on weekends. Name of the place is Grapetree Cafe. Really good food, made even tastier by eating in one of the tables with your toes in the sand!

We thought the food at Morritt's was pretty good. It's right next door to the Reef.
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Old Dec 8th, 2010, 09:25 AM
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Thanks all! Love this forum!
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