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Cayman Islands Dining

Local Seafood Specialties
Cayman Islands Dining
Pride of place in Caymanian cuisine goes, naturally, to seafood—with lobster, conch, and fish straight off the boat. But this melting pot of more than 100 nationalities serves up so much more, from stellar pub fare to regional Indian specialties. Whatever you're eating, it often comes with the same side: stunning sea views.
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    Local Seafood Specialties
    Local Seafood Specialties
    With their names alone—think wahoo and swai—Caymanian fish dishes reel in the curious and hungry. And the scents wafting from the beach-side fish fries seal the deal, as you'll discover at Grape Tree Café, where the fritters are a must. Of course, the haute end of the spectrum is no less tempting—the prime example being Blue by Eric Ripert, whose six- and seven-course tasting menus are ever changing and always stunning. Not that you need go seriously down home or way upscale to enjoy the local seafood bounty: In between, you'll find such beloved local instututions as the Lobster Pot and Morgan's Seafood Restaurant.
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    Farm-to-Table Fare
    Farm-to-Table Fare
    The field-to-fork movement is very much alive in the Cayman Islands, and one of its most delicious expressions takes place weekly at George Town's Cayman Cabana, where Farm-to-Table Thursdays involve the likes of coconut ceviche and snapper with mango salsa, all served under the stars. For a more ambulatory version, hit the Camana Bay Farmers & Artisans Market and score a few souvenirs along with your farm-fresh treats.
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    Perfect Pairings
    Perfect Pairings
    Resident wine lists have grown so extensive—Blue by Eric Ripert, for one, stocks more than 700 varieties—you may well want to leave your pairings to the pros. And the beer lists are gaining ground, too: At the gastropub Craft, you'll find approximately 100 brews that range from Caymanian to Canadian. Then again, when in Rum-landia, consider the rum lists as well. The Outpost serves of several local versions, one of which is aged 42 feet below the Caribbean's surface.
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    Afternoon Refreshments
    Afternoon Refreshments
    When the sun starts to sap your energy, refuel with a natural, seasonal, and regionally sourced juice or smoothie at Jessie’s Juice Bar in Camana Bay. Or if you're ready to kick back for a while, consider the many spiked variations on the theme around Grand Cayman—especially at Coccoloba, where the Loba-Rita is a particular crowd pleaser (picture charred pineapple, spiced agave nectar, lime, orange juice, triple sec and tequila).
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    Global Goodness
    Global Goodness
    With more than 100 nationalities feeding into the local melting pot, the Cayman Islands turn out to be an exceptional place to taste the world. Whatever you're in the mood for, from tacos to tapas to tagliatelle, you'll likely find a shockingly good version here. One of the biggest surprises is Pani Indian Kitchen, where the regional Indian specialties feel right at home on the Caribbean, with—naturally—a cold Kingfisher.