Cafés and Bars
For authentic Bermudian favorites such as pan-fried grouper, meatloaf, liver and onions, plantains, peas ’n’ rice, macaroni ’n’ cheese, and bread pudding, drop into Island Cuisine (235 Middle Rd., tel. 441/238-3287, www.islandcuisine.bm, 6 a.m.–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat., 6 a.m.–1 p.m. Sun.). The roadside diner is simple but super-clean. All-day breakfast is served daily, and traditional codfish and potatoes are served on Sunday. Breakfast specials include banana pancakes ($6.50), omelettes, and French toast. Lunch-goers can choose anything from peanut butter and bacon sandwiches to one of the best burgers on the island. The dinner menu features pasta ($12.50), hashcakes ($11), and sirloin steak ($15.50).
Horseshoe Bay Beach House (at Horseshoe Bay, 94 South Shore Rd., tel. 441/238-2651, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. daily, weather permitting) serves hamburgers, veggie burgers, fish ’n’ chips, chicken nuggets, tuna sandwiches, pizza, sodas, lemonade, and ice cream. Enjoy the outdoor patio with tables and shady umbrellas, or eat your picnic on the beach.
Lunch can be enjoyed in the air-conditioned comfort of a hotel lobby at the Jasmine Lounge (Fairmont Southampton, 101 South Shore Rd., tel. 441/238-8000, www.fairmont.com/southampton, 11 a.m.–1 a.m. daily), with all-day cocktails, snacks, and burgers, as well as afternoon tea. Watch the comings and goings of guests and golfers, including the occasional celebrity, as you nibble thin-crust pizza or sip a martini.
Tucked into a historic cottage at the foot of Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, the
Lighthouse Restaurant (68 St. Anne’s Rd., tel. 441/238-8679, fax 441/238-5079, lighthouserestaurant [at] logic [dot] bm, www.lighthouserestaurantbermuda.com) is a charming out-of-the-way addition to the island’s restaurant scene—a must for romantics. Bought by the owner of the über-popular Rustico restaurant in 2009, the former tearoom was poised to be transformed into a fine dining experience. Renovations were planned, and the new menu was to reflect a Mediterranean focus, with pizzas, pasta, meat, and fresh Bermuda seafood dishes. The location alone used to be worth it; now diners who make the trek are promised a gourmet experience on top of the view.
© Rosemary Jones from Moon Bermuda, 2nd Edition