For extraordinary comfort food Bermudian-style, join the local crowd at The Green Lantern (9 Serpentine Rd., tel. 441/295-6995, 6 a.m.–8:45 p.m. Mon., Tues., Thurs., Sat., 6 a.m.–3 p.m. Wed., $5–14). Made-from-scratch pancakes, fresh fish dinners (wahoo), and homemade soups are the highlights of this green-painted roadside eatery that draws packed lunch and dinner crowds to its no-frills, diner-style interior. Specials, such as its American Thanksgiving Dinner of roast turkey, baked ham, farine pie (made with root vegetables), macaroni ’n’ cheese, candied yams, and apple pie are popular, including takeout versions. The daily pièce de résistance is the chocolate cake made by Jamaican waitress Fay Woodley. The coconut cake slices and sticky macaroons are tasty, too.
Possibly Bermuda’s best fish sandwich and the crowning example of a good local fish cake can be found at Art Mel’s Spicy Dicy (9 St. Monica’s Rd., north off Marsh Folly Rd., tel. 441/295-3965, noon–10 p.m. Mon.–Fri., noon–8 p.m. Sat.), which, though tucked away in Pembroke ’s backstreets, is searched out daily by fish-lovers, thanks to its word-of-mouth praise. The simple eatery cooks up fresh fish dinners ($16.50) and crispy fish cakes on buns ($5), as well as burgers ($5.25) and other fast food. Follow your nose—and the lines of people.
Roadside diner Bouchee (75 Pitts Bay Rd., tel. 441/295-5759, fax 441/296-0166, bouchee [at] fkbnet [dot] bm, breakfast and lunch 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Mon.–Sat., dinner 6–10 p.m. Mon.–Sat., breakfast/brunch 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Sun.) is popular thanks to its handy location on the brink of Hamilton . Lunch includes fish chowder, soups, sesame chicken salad, wraps and grilled sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips, and Southern fried chicken. The dinner menu boasts crêpes, rockfish, egg rolls, steaks, curries, bangers ’n’ mash, and house creations such as hazelnut-crusted duckling. Kids will love the pancake or waffle breakfasts and the chocolate fudge bomb for dessert. The traditional Sunday codfish breakfast is also a crowd-pleaser. Inconveniently, the restaurant closes 2:30–6 p.m., so late lunch-goers are out of luck.
Tasty homemade pizzas (including takeout service) and loads of beer and pub grub get crowds to The Robin Hood Pub & Restaurant (25 Richmond Rd., tel. 441/295-3314, fax 441/292-9338, robinhoodpub [at] logic [dot] bm, www.robinhood.bm , 11:30 a.m.–1 a.m. daily), where British soccer and occasional quiz nights entertain regulars. Steak platters, pastas, English staples like cottage pies and Cornish pasties, even Indian curries keep customers satisfied with big helpings and reasonable prices.