One of the great things about being on Ambergris Caye or anywhere in Belize, in general, is when it comes to eating the local dishes. There are a variety of options to choose from that meet any price range from a $2 taco to a delicious extravagant meal and everything in between. Since I live on the island I am primarily focusing on Restaurants in San Pedro.
Must-Try Local Foods
While on vacation many people like to eat more like the locals do. That means rice and beans, stewed chicken with coleslaw on the side which is one of the main dishes of the country. You won’t go wrong with practically any place that serves it and it’s pretty much ready from about 11:30 am.
Breakfast: meat pies, beans with eggs, cheese and flour tortillas, burritos, tacos and stuffed fry jacks.
Lunch: rice and beans with any meat selection, varying from chicken, pork, fish, lobster, beef, shrimp or conch whether it’s stewed, baked, fried or grilled.
Dinner: famous pupusas, tostadas, garnaches. Dinner menus also include BBQ (usually chicken or ribs), soups as well as rice and beans which also can always fall under this category.
As for drinks, being in a sub-tropical climate means there is a wide variety of fruits to choose from such as orange, lime, watermelon, cantaloupe and banana to name a few. Just ask what’s in season (fruit wise) while you are here.
Well Know Local Food Restaurants in San Pedro Belize
- Antojitos – Great local for those staying south of town.
- Boogy’s Belly – Well known low-cost breakfast place in town.
- Briana’s Deli – Authentic Belizean dinners.
- Caliente’s – Who would not want Mexican food on the beach?
- El Fogon – If you are feeling adventurous try their stewed pig’s tail and don’t forget their key lime pie for dessert.
- Elvi’s Kitchen – Also well know local eatery. Try their Friday night Mayan Buffet.
- Estel’s – Known as a hot breakfast spot and can’t beat the view or Charles weekend barbecue.
- Lily’s Treasure Chest – Breakfast and lunch with great people watching on the Caribbean sea.
- Robin’s Kitchen – John, well known for his Jerk Chicken and is catering Thursday night at Stella’s Smile 4:00 – 9:00
- Ruby’s great take out Johnny cakes. Go early for bacon and egg ones – has tables overlooking the beach at the hotel.
- Waruguma – Outstanding pupusas and known for their giant burritos. They also make a great lobster burger.
- For a truly local experience, street food in the park at night is a must. Try Albertina’s shrimp tacos.
A Few Regular Favorites
If you are hankering for good old-fashioned wings try Lola’s pub (their sesame sriracha wings are so yummy) or Crazy Canucks. If you like thick crust pizza go for Pepperoni’s, if you like it thin crust then Pedro’s is the place. Sun Up Chinese food south of town across from Super Buy grocery store makes great chicken fingers and fries – very handy kid-friendly option. They also make a great shrimp burger. El Divino at Banana Beach Resort is known for its big burgers.
Healthy Eating Options
Some of the best restaurants in San Pedro offer healthy options for people with special dietary needs. Casa Picasso is the big winner on gluten-free dining on the island. They have 14 items on their menu including some desserts. Blue Water Grill and Wild Mango’s also have a few gluten-free options on their menus. The 3 places above are favorites of mine.
Caroline’s Kitchen, behind El Fogon, will also work with people who have severe food allergies. For more information on gluten-free in Belize click through to my Restaurant guide for picky eaters and food adventures.
Peel and Eat Shrimp
Coconut curry lobster burrito at Waruguma
Lobster season in Belize from June 15th – Feb 14th