Hunger can strike at the most inconvenient times. Thankfully, Grand Cayman serves up a cornucopia of eateries to satiate your appetite any time of day (or night).
Breakfast for early birds
It’s the most important meal of the day, they say. If you’re up with the larks why not treat yourself to one of these local favorites?
Coconut Joe’s is another winner for those with big appetites, opening its doors at 7 a.m. daily. French toast, numerous egg dishes and American or English breakfasts can be enjoyed outdoors under a tree or open-air indoors, in a fun Caribbean-themed setting.
Icoa is the best bet for bakery-quality pastries, muffins and breads. Grab these here from 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday, along with eggs, oatmeal and the all-important excellent coffees. On weekdays, you can even have breakfast delivered (8-9:45 a.m.).
Kirk Market’s hot bar is legendary. There are always several egg choices, bacon, sausages (even English white sausage and onions) and oatmeal. However, it soars in its selection of Caribbean breakfast foods, which change daily. You’ll see ackee and salt fish, liver and onions, callaloo, fried fish, braised cabbage, green bananas, dumplings and more. Open for take-out Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m.
The lay-about’s brekkie
Anyone who loves a lie-in will be glad to hear that you can roll into Jessie’s Juice Bar until 4 p.m. for breakfast (or 3 p.m. on Sundays). Many of the offerings are virtuously healthy – think avocado toast and Bircher muesli – but you can go more indulgent with a cheese-filled croissant or smoked salmon toastie. Or allow Luca to rustle you up a lobster benedict; its Saturday breakfast menu runs 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Late lunches & mid-afternoon munchies
When you’re looking to get lunch after 2:30 p.m., or just need a snack to keep you going, there are still gourmet – and healthy – options in those ‘tween times.
Gastropub Craft Food & Beverage Co. is known – and named – for its selections of craft beer, but it also offers an assortment of international dishes perfect for a late lunch or snack. There are charcuterie boards, ceviche flights, poutine and perogies. Burgers, steaks, salmon and souvlaki. Not forgetting a variety of salads and vegetarian options. Open throughout the afternoon, daily.
Island Naturals offers nutritious vegetarian and vegan soups, salads, wraps and a daily special. Open throughout the day for dine in or take out.
Another good choice for the health- or time-conscious is Bay Market, which has a full deli of made-to-order sandwich and salad options, plus juices and smoothies, through to 7 p.m.
Blue Cilantro saves the day with its small menu of Hors d’oeuvres and tapas, available 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. From crab and avocado to fish and chips, chicken tikka to a dozen oysters, there’s something for everyone here.
Whatever your schedule, it seems Casanovacan cater to it: This waterfront Italian restaurant opens at 11 a.m. for lunch and carries on through the afternoon until 4 p.m., when dinner service kicks in (Monday through Saturday). So you can tuck into pasta, brick-oven pizza, chicken or even steak long after most restaurants have rung through their last lunch check.
Sunshine Grill is known for big burgers and great value, a fun poolside restaurant with an equally easy-going all-day menu – salads, wraps, award-winning fish tacos, fresh fish and more. A complimentary mini soft-serve ice cream cone is provided at the end of the meal.
Linger over dinner
Cayman’s dining culture is more North American than European, with most people eating on the early side. After 10 p.m. there are a couple of elegant options, though.
Living up to its French theme, every Thursday Après at The Bistro serves food until a très Continental time of 12 a.m. Accompany your charcuterie platter, foie gras or brie tartine with cocktails, live music and even cigars from Club Havana right on the patio.
KARoo at Camana Bay is big on farm-to-table tapas options and the kitchen is open till 11 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Its menu is created by chef Will O’Hara from Abacus. Can’t choose between conch fritters, chicken skewers and pizza? Go for one of the varied five-dish platters.
An evening of clubbing calls for tasty yet satisfying food to soak up the alcohol. The following venues usually attract a line of ravenous party-goers.
If there’s such a thing as gourmet fast-food burger joint, Burger Shack is it. Hungry at 3 a.m.? You’ll probably swear these are the best burgers you ever ate. The fries are great, too. Open to 4 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and until 2 a.m. on Saturday (it closes earlier Sunday through Tuesday).
Al La Kebab is an extremely popular fast-food eatery and not just at late-night. Its beef and lamb pita wraps, chicken schwarma, souvlaki, falafel, hummus and Greek salads always hit the spot. Open until 4 a.m. Monday through Friday; 3 a.m. on Saturday; and midnight on Sunday.
Ever tried Trinidadian-style Caribbean food? Well, the roti – something like Indian burritos – at Singh’s Roti Shop have a loyal local following. Pick from a range of spicy fillings: Curried chicken, beef, goat, shrimp, conch or veggie. The friendly little Georgetown venue is open until 1 a.m. Monday through Friday; midnight Saturday and Sunday.