Sundays are always the best day to do a little bit of exploring, and part of the fun is trying new spots for a bite to eat.
On a leisurely drive in West Bay, we happened upon an out-of-the-way eatery that caught our eye: The Greenhouse.
This casual little nook is housed in the Lighthouse Point Dive Resort on North West Point Road. We pulled over for breakfast and were impressed with this quiet outdoor venue offering sweeping views of the sparkling sea.
Lighthouse Point is an “eco-friendly” resort that uses green technology, such as wind and solar power. The Greenhouse carries on the “friendly” theme: friendly service; gluten-free and other allergy-friendly menu options; and those with canine companions will be happy to know that it’s also dog-friendly.
It’s also a friend of the environment. Owner/chef Jen Skrinska embraces the farm-to-table philosophy – sourcing locally as much as possible to reduce her carbon footprint.
It means foods are fresher and healthier, and it also helps fuel the local economy by supporting home-grown artisans and producers.
Going local is a growing trend in Cayman. Local, fresh and organic are the buzzwords when it comes to island-dining, and The Greenhouse is among those leading the charge. The focus is on organic ingredients from island fisherman, farmers and artisans, importing natural and organic goods when necessary.
The selections include hand-made pizza and wraps, sandwiches and paninis, as well as salads and fresh-caught specialties. Breakfast items include the usual suspects along with such creations as a veggie or fresh-catch eggs Benedict. There are vegetarian options, and small plates for sharing, under the banner Muchies & Dips, that are served with veggies and toasted flatbread. Smoothies, protein shakes, teas and milkshakes are also on tap.
I chose the Po Boy Wrap – overstuffed with scrambled eggs, spinach and thinly-sliced back bacon and sweet potato fries, which added a nice flavor, with homemade hot sauce served on the side. My companion ordered the Early Bird Benny Pizza, a messy but yummy concoction of back bacon, arugula and poached eggs served on crisp flatbread and smothered with hollandaise sauce.
The coffee is definitely a good wake-up call, and the fresh juice – delivered from Drink Fresh Juice – was delicious: a blend of cantaloupe, strawberry and pineapple that wasn’t overly sweet, as some tend to be.
Also on the menu – but not available that particular day – is jerk sausage supplied by Caribo’s, which produces high-quality sausages made without fillers, additives or MSG.
Tucked on an outdoor deck overlooking the sea, this is a nice spot to linger. It’s soothing listening to the waves crash against the ironshore while watching divers and snorkelers get in and out of the water.