Our past few trips we have really concentrated on expolring the island and digging on those local, off the beaten path resturants and dining establishments. I get such an island vibe getting lost in the rental or walking through the side streets and eyeing the architecture, shops and lesser known eateries.
Now that we've kicked into our post holiday countdown mode, I've been conversing with Kat about my philosphy of embracing the island as a whole and not just a destination for pool, sand, sea and magaritas. I really would like to make an effort to avoid the "strip" dining this trip and seek out those small, local mom and pop, inland or other side of the bridge (as SanNic44 refers) eateries. Kat and I both detest the mandatory service/gratuity charges alot of the strip and popular establishments enforce and we have tried to avoid those reataurants. We do have some favorites that we will always frequent and have grown to look forward to.
The last few trips we really concentrated on trying new, unique, local dining. We are not a family that plans every meal and meal time. In fact we have been guilty of grooving on the late evening beach vibe and completely missing our dining reservations when we tried to plan a meal.
This spring I really want to seek out those small hidden gems. The small business owned family establishments. So I was hoping we could collectively create a list of these unique and truly Island locations. I want to hear about the rum bars, dinettes and small take out shacks, places to get a great pastiche or a cold cheap beer.
let me know your thoughts and shout outs.