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East End Eats: Touring Bermuda’s Cuisine from Central to End

A tour of the island is the best way to showcase the variety of flavours. Even parish to parish, you’ll get a taste of each neighbourhood and their best kept culinary secrets.

Get on your scooter, bicycle or electric two-seater and take your own food tour to experience the various influences that have shaped the island’s cultures - Caribbean, seasonal, Portuguese, European and distinctly Bermudian.

There is no better example of this than local institution, Art Mel’s in North Hamilton. Famed for its fried fish sandwich, it is best enjoyed on freshly baked raisin bread with coleslaw, tartar sauce and hot sauce.

On Elliott Street at the back of town, you’ll find Om Juicery. Owned and operated by Preston James Ephraim, the philosophy is fresh, seasonal and local, when available. With names like I am Happy, I am Sunshine and I am Grounded, their cold-pressed juice blends will set you on a path to good health. And they make a great base for a day of fasting.

Head east up Blackwatch Pass to North Shore to find Karen’s lunch wagon at Ducking Stool Park. She makes classic home-style fishcakes with fresh thyme and Bermuda potatoes, served hot with a picture-perfect view. 

Follow the North Shore to D&C Grill’s original Devil’s Hole location. An authentic jerk grill is the secret to their success. Locals load up on their plated dinners of jerk chicken and pork on rice and peas or mouthwatering macaroni.

In the UNESCO World Heritage Town of St. George,  you can’t beat Sweet Saak, a family bakery that uses recipes handed down from generation to generation. Do not leave without trying their cinnamon rolls, irresistible when fresh out of the oven.

Perhaps there is nothing more Bermudian than seafood at a cricket match – St. David’s Seafood & Grill combines the two with their kitchen on the grounds of St. David’s Cricket Club.

McLaren Lowe moved his operations there after gaining popularity at the county game.

“We are definitely a hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop spot, but as you should know, those places have the best food, right?” his wife and partner Clindel Lowe said.

Deep fried mussels, marinated mussels and shark hash are a must-try, washed down with a cold Barritt’s ginger beer.

“My husband’s family used to do food stalls at cricket games. It started with his great-grandparents and it continued with his parents and then we took it over.

“It’s definitely a family affair. Almost everyone who works for us is family. It’s not fancy, but I hope you enjoy what you taste.”

End your tour at Gombeys Bar & Restaurant on Clearwater Beach. A true beach bar, its offerings are unfussy and classic: Dark ‘n Stormy, Rum Swizzle and, if you have room, Bermuda fish chowder, fried fish and burgers.  You’ll come for the views and stay for the music playlist at this former roller-skating rink.