Suggested Dining in Turks and Caicos
Restaurants: The Regent Palms Turks & Caicos is home to one of the best restaurants in the area: Parallel 23 (http://www.regenthotels.com/thepalms). It serves local cuisine, which is comprised mostly of seafood—mainly conch—and meat dishes. The restaurant refers to its style of food as tropical fusion. Here, you can either sit inside or outside; we suggest sitting outside (but bring mosquito repellent). We had the Thai pumpkin soup as an appetizer and the char-grilled 14 oz. pork chop as an entrée. The soup is adorned with crispy tofu, pickled shiitake mushrooms and coconut cream and costs $15. It’s worth it. The chop is soaked in garlic and thyme, topped with a foie gras torchon and a six-bean stew, and is served with caramelized red onions and asparagus, and sells for $38.
Another famous restaurant in Turks, and one that is a bit more casual, is the Sharkbite Bar & Grill (649-941-5090, www.thesharkbite.com). Right on the water in Turtle Cove Marina, it has a friendly and fun atmosphere with great food at reasonable prices. The back area is a bright, airy dining room completely built over the water with a tremendous view of the marina. From the deck, your clients can watch turtles and fish surface during the day, and sharks can be seen looking for food from the charter fishing boats under the spotlights after dark. The dining room has a bar designed for socializing with the locals and with other visitors. —Joe Pike