A few steps beyond Rubi’s Inn, on the opposite side of the street, is a white shack run by Doña Sergia, serving up fresh juices, snacks, and meals such as baleadas, tamales, tacos, pork chops, pasta, and even a vegetarian plate. There’s nowhere to sit, but at these prices (US$1–4), who’s complaining? You can even book a massage with Doña Sergia for the rock-bottom price of US$10 (for 30 minutes).
If you’re not in the mood to sit around waiting for your meal, try the buffet at locally owned Mermaid’s (tel. 504/425-3395, 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Fri. and 6–10 p.m. Sat.), on the Point, east of the municipal dock. Offerings include creamy mashed potatoes, fried rice, baked potatoes, fried chicken, BBQ chicken, meatballs, and fried fish balls. Combo plates, including drinks, cost US$4–5. There’s an open-air seating area, plus a room with air-conditioning—perhaps the only air-conditioned dining on the island. There’s also an attached Internet café.
Big Mamma’s (6 a.m.–3 p.m. Mon.–Sat.), opposite Cross Creek, serves popular inexpensive (US$3.50) daily specials in a bright green restaurant with a nautical theme, but unfortunately the quality is inconsistent.
© Chris Humphrey and Amy E. Robertson from Moon Honduras, 5th Edition