Wake up and smell the island food

Island Taste

Growing up here in Cayman meant eating island food, and it doesn’t get much more deliciously local than Island Taste.

Who hasn’t indulged in an Island Taste patty or three, particularly after a late party the night before?

That flaking pastry, that spicy hot filling…mmmm… Where was I??

Yes, you may be well familiar with their golden crescents of goodness, but do you know of what other bounty they produce?

Prepare your mouths for watering.

Each day they open their doors in Caymanian Village to a waiting public. Lunch is a staple for many, and the menu does not disappoint. Jerk chicken, oxtail, Cayman style fish… if you’re new to Cayman you need to get yourself down there and start indulging – stat!

The Thompson family have run Island Taste for many years – first on the waterfront and now firmly positioned on the periphery of the business district in George Town where everyone has easy access.

Recipes have been perfected and practiced over decades and you can taste the love in every bite.

As Confucius (might have) said: “Man who eat patty get to meat of matter.”

Hungry Horse is where peckish travellers can get a bite to eat to avoid being subjected to whatever dry fare is handed out on the plane.

The whole menu has been revamped to include some very nice breakfast items (I indulged in a hearty scrambled egg platter one recent morn and it was exactly what the doctor ordered) along with fresh wraps, homemade soups and sandwiches and daily specials. They also have the signature Runaway Horse drink created from three different rums, fresh fruit juice and a dark rum floater. Maybe they should rename it the Staggering Horse.

Don’t know if you know this, but Island Taste can now bring the food to you via their new catering service!

You’ll get a chance to sample all of their wares at Taste of Cayman and more.

See you dere mon!

Brick House

The Brick House has a prime position in Shoppes at Grand Harbour, with a corner spot overlooking a large patio area and the activities park, which brings families from far and wide.

Famously known as one of the few places to be open almost immediately after Hurricane Ivan hit, the Brick House has not sat on its laurels since then.

With an expansive menu featuring many favourites (including round discs that take the humble pizza to another level thanks to the in-house brick oven), the Brick House is a permanent stop on the map for anyone heading east.

I personally have a weakness for the pizza – I simply can’t help myself, but if you’d rather go farther afield, you’ll be spoiled for choice with salads you can dress up with toppings and dressings, pasta aplenty and grilled goodies of the fish and steak variety.

Are you a burger buff? A fajita fanatic? The Brick House has got you covered and then some.

This is a great family restaurant – not just because the layout and food will appeal – but the surroundings are perfect, particularly outside, for large groups of all ages.

It has become THE gathering place for many residents on Friday evenings, when some form of entertainment, usually live music, can be found on deck while the sun dips under the horizon and the moon rises for the night.

Brick House has been established for a number of years now, and a good number of people who live in the area consider it a second home.

With a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, good food, attentive service and prices that won’t kill your pocketbook, it’s guaranteed that it’ll be around for years to come. Did I mention that the pizza is fantastic?? Love the pizza. Love it.

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