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A Club Sandwich and Pork Satays - Belize

A Club Sandwich and Pork Satays

St. George's Dining Room at Radisson Hotel: A Harbourside Oasis!

On our next to last day in Belize, we made a harrowing and hot midday walk in downtown Belize City, as we made our first explorations in this rather rundown city. We were very relieved to switch to a taxi, which delivered us to the posh Radisson hotel, located on the harbourfront beside historic Fort George. We were both very hot after our walk in the tropical sun, so the cool, air-conditioned atmosphere of the restaurant immediately brought us back to life! It was also very nice to actually find a restaurant open on this practically 'dead' Sunday afternoon! The dining room was bright and spacious, with a great view out onto the Belize City harbourfront (second photo), and relaxing live music was being played by a one-man band.

Favorite Dish: On entering the dining room, we first examined a great-looking buffet lunch going for US$19 pp. However, we were not feeling particularly famished, so decided to order a couple of different smaller dishes and share them. Their Club Sandwich with Ham Chicken, Bacon, Cheese and Lettuce on 3-layers of toasted bread with Fries (US$8.75) and a plate of Pork Satay skewers marinated with spices and BBQ-grilled (US$9.50) really did the trick for us! Of course, after being starved for wine in the far reaches of Belize, Sue thoroughly enjoyed her chilled glass of Chardonnay while I controlled my overheated body with two iced mugs of draft Belikin beer! With a tip, the total meal price of US$39 was well worth it.

This restaurant also features a well-regarded Seafood Buffet each Sunday evening, also for US$19. Steve, our new-found English friend staying at the Seaside Guest House, tried it that evening and said it was one of the best meals he had enjoyed in quite some time.

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: Radisson Fort George Hotel at 2 Marine Parade, Belize City - on the waterfront

Phone: 501-227-7400

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Eclectic/International

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Outdoor Patio at the Bull Frog Inn - Belize

Outdoor Patio at the Bull Frog Inn

Bull Frog Inn: Belmopan's Best

Our final meal on this leg of our trip was at the Bull Frog Inn in Belmopan as we were headed southeast on the Hummingbird Highway, after finishing up with the Belize Zoo and Guanacaste National Park. The Bull Frog Inn is quite a nice establishment, located on the eastern edge of Belmopan's 'ring road' - we and our accompanying friends liked the looks of the place as soon as we set eyes on it. The front right side of the restaurant features a roofed open seating area, where it is possible to enjoy the natural warmth of the tropical air while you have your meal. We did end up multi-tasking here, getting on the telephone to Hopkins as we used our phone cards on the lobby telephone to try to line-up accommodations for the four of us using information from my print-outs of VT tips and the 'Moon Handbook for Belize' that I was carrying. In the end, we received a few outright 'sorry we are fulls' but never did make contact with anyone at The Whistling Seas - so we decided to press forward anyway after the meal!

Favorite Dish: Despite a great looking menu, Sue and I elected to keep things simple here, ordering one Club Sandwich with fries and one without. Along with two Belikin beers and a very nice Lime & Water drink, the total meal cost came to US$15. The food and service were both good, no complaints. It was about 2 PM by the time we finished with our various telephone calls and headed out again for the Hummingbird Highway, in search of somewhere to spend the night! But first, we made a little stop at the Brodie's department store, located on the street next to the Bull Frog Inn, for some supplies before hitting the remote areas of Belize.

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: On the eastern side of Belmopan's 'ring road'

Other Contact: bullfrog@btl.net

Phone: 501-822-3425

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Local

Website: http://www.bullfroginn.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Oct 23, 2006
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Outdoor Patio at Cafe Sol - Belize

Outdoor Patio at Cafe Sol

Cafe Sol: A Downtown Gem

On our first trip into San Ignacio, we had done enough wandering under the hot noon sun and decided that it was time to sit down somewhere cool. We had heard that the two best restaurants in town were Hannah's and Cafe Sol, so as soon as we spotted the Sol, we headed in to check it out.

We immediately liked it's large treed front lot, with a number of tropical birds flitting about making the appropriate jungle noises. That combined with the large shaded front patio area was enough for us, so we sat down and had a look at the menu, and we were not in any rush in these circumstances.

Favorite Dish: Things just kept getting better and better as we both grabbed cold Belikin beers (US$3.50 for two) while we checked out our options. The entire menu looked great, with an amazing assortment of either local dishes or those with an international touch to them. We decided to get something to take away so ordered a Chicken Curry Wrap - cooked in a coconut-based curry sauce, with rice and topped with chutney and yoghurt (US$3.50). I could not beleive how big it was for the price, and we thoroughly enjoyed it when we soon arrived back at our accommodations thanks to a share cab ride!

I just wish that we had spent more time in San Ignacio to properly sample what Cafe Sol had to offer.

Address: West Street, San Ignacio Town

Comparison: less expensive than average

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: Eclectic/International

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2006
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View of 'Common Area' from the Small Cabins - Belize

View of 'Common Area' from the Small Cabins

The Trek Stop: On Your Own Here!

Our final week in Belize was spent at a great backpacker's hotel, the Trek Stop, outside San Ignacio and near the Guatemala border. Located up the pathway between the proper Trek Stop Restaurant/Educational building and the accommodations cabins is the Common Area. This building was the main spot for congregation and interaction between the various residents and it also contained a kitchen area for use by the residents. It was equipped with a freezer, refigerator, stove, sink, counters, cutlery and dishes - so it was possible to prepare your own meals here if you wished.

Favorite Dish: The Trek Stop brought in cases of Belikin beers and stored them at the owners house. A case was always left under the sink and bottles could be put into the fridge or freezer by the guests to chill them before use. Any time a resident wanted to have a beer, they just put a check-mark beside their name on a sheet of paper tacked onto the wall - the honour system. At the end of your stay, this was tallied up as part of your bill at US$1.50 per beer.

We had done some shopping at a small nearby supermarket, so sometimes had breakfasts here of granola and yoghurt or slices of fresh pineapple from the San Ignacio market, or even some left-over banana bread that we had bought in Belmopan a few days before arriving here. It was also a good place to mix a few sundowner drinks of the local rum or munch on Pringles chips while on the two free internet computers located here. All this in the wonderful tropical warmth with green surroundings - it was great!

Directions: Just outside San Jose Succotz on the Guatemala border

Rating: 4

Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2006
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Sue in the Dining Room - Belize

Sue in the Dining Room

Bird's Eye View Lodge: Meet the Other Guests

After finishing up in Hopkins and Dangriga, we returned our rental vehicle to Belize Airport and then headed further north to the small inland village of Crooked Tree, famous for it's birdwatching sanctuary. All meals at the Bird's Eye View Lodge were eaten in the dining room shown here. One of the owners, Miss Verna, had the seating pre-arranged for the different groups of guests, mixing us in with a few of the other 'odd' couples who were not part of a larger professional birdwatcher group. On our first evening there (6:30 PM is the set time, as darkness falls) we sat with an American couple from South Dakota and with a couple from Massachusetts the next night. This was a good idea, because it was fun chatting to these people and comparing stories. We ended up going on the bird-watching boat trip the next morning with the South Dakotans and the day after that hitched a ride to San Ignacio with the other couple! Miss Verna and her staff kept a close eye on things to make sure that all was running smoothly.

Favorite Dish: Juices, soft drinks, water, beer and wine were available from a cooler located in the dining room, with each drink being added onto the standard meal rate.

Food was served buffet style with a limited selection of dishes for the various courses, with something different the following evening. Our first evening meal (a standard US$12 pp, drinks extra) was quite good, consisting of Pork & Beef Stew, gravy, rice, vegetables and pie served with ice cream, along with red or white wine in our case. We finished the meal off with a free sample of locally produced 'cashew nut' wine, which tasted like Port. The second evening meal was even better, with Mozzarella & Tomato slices for an appetizer, honey-glazed pork, chicken roast, curry potatoes, cheese squash, salad vinegrette and pie with ice cream again.

We were a little disappointed with breakfasts (US$10 pp) because they used some sort of fake bacon that did not taste like bacon at all, as well as orange juice concentrate. However, the fried egg covered in a salsa mixture, along with a piece of cream cheese, fresh 'fry jacks' for bread and Coffee was not too bad. A continental breakfast was also available for US$5 and it included fruit slices as well.

We never did have lunch (US$10) there because we arrived during the afternoon and had a late breakfast the next day, after we had finished our early morning bird-watching expedition.

Address: Bird's Eye View Lodge, Crooked Tree, Belize

Comparison: more expensive than average

Other Contact: See Accommodations Tip

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 3

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2006
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Don't let this appearance fool you - Belize

Don't let this appearance fool you

Watering Hole Restaurant: Appearances Can be Deceptive!

We were down to our final night in Hopkins, after a day enjoying swimming and watching the Manatees off-shore, as well as a day-trip to Dangriga. While on the beach, we asked one of the long-time visitors what they would recommend for an evening meal spot. The answer was just down the street from us - check out the Watering Hole Restaurant, especially for their seafood!

By 6:30 PM we had made the short stroll down the street and were the first customers to enter the premises - not too promising looking from external appearances. However, we were quickly seated and our meal and beer orders were seen to by a very friendly Belizian lady, who seemed to be running the show and looking after the cookng too. It was not long before a large group of 10 entered and they were soon followed by others as the small building quickly filled up - it looked like the good reports had made the rounds!

Favorite Dish: Sue and I went with the catch-of-the-day recommendation of the chef: Filets of Pan-fried Grouper cooked in Onion, Garlic and other sauces with Coleslaw and Vegetable Rice (US$10 each). Washed down by a Belikin beer or two, this was a fantastic meal - this lady really knew how to cook fish! It reminded us of some of our great Barramundi (Papua New Guinea) and Nile Perch (Zambia) meals we had enjoyed during our life-time of travels! Despite the full house of customers, all their meals also seemed to be arriving right on schedule as well. Based on the popularity of the place, I would recommend getting there early if you happen to be in the area.

Comparison: about average

Directions: Across the street from the Tipple Tree Beya Hotel in south Hopkins

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2006
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Lunch is served - Belize

Lunch is served

Riverside Cafe: Popular Local Dining Spot

While staying in Hopkins, the four of us made the 20 mile drive to the nearby major town of Dangriga to see what it had to offer. After a look around and then spending about an hour in an internet cafe it was already 1:30 PM by the time we set out on foot looking for a place to have a quick lunch before we headed back to Hopkins. Where we were parked, beside the bridge over North Stann Creek, seemed to be the centre of things as far as restaurants in Dangriga went. We could see the King Burger on the other side of the creek, but my Moon's Handbook also mentioned two other places on our side of the Creek, close to where it enters the Caribbean Sea. We stolled in that direction in the afternoon heat, initially seeking out Ruby's Rainforest Cafe - but found it permanently shut-up. Reversing direction only a few hundred feet, we finally settled on the dilapidated appearing Riverside Cafe. The book says this about the Riverside: "It's popular with travelers (boats to the cayes leave from right outside), and a gathering spot for local fishermen and folks with tourist businesses on the cayes. If you want to witness a real slice of Dangriga, set up camp at the bar here, order a Guinness with your eggs and beans, and watch the deals go down".

Favorite Dish: By the time we ordered at 2 PM, there were not many deals going down! We kept it simple, with two Chicken Burritos (US$1.75 each), one French Fries (US$1.75) and a Lighthouse Lager plus Belikin Mayan Temple beers. The service was quick and the food not bad either, especially for a total bill of US$10 (No credit cards accepted). Then, it was back to the rental for a return visit to the beach in Hopkins!

Address: South Riverside Drive, Dangriga

Comparison: least expensive

Directions: On the south side of North Stann Creek and to the right of the bridge over the creek.

Phone: 501-523-9908

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2006
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Our Breakfast has Arrived - Belize

Our Breakfast has Arrived

Whistling Seas Vacation Inn: On the Beach

The morning after a night spent with a rooster crowing at 5 AM along with the persistant shrill calls of a Boat-Tailed Grackle in the palm tree outside our hut (counter-balanced by the lapping sound of the waves) we were up by 7:30 AM and ready to tackle the world again. We decided that it was time to give our hotel hosts a chance to see what they could do for breakfast.

Located in a large, bright and well-done room beside the street parking lot area, this was an appealing place to sit down for some food while we figured out what we would do the remainder of the day. As you can see in the photo, I had my Moon's "Belize Handbook" ready for reference material.

Favorite Dish: The lady who seems to run the Whistling Seas soon appeared from the kitchen to serve us hot coffee and tea. It was not long before we placed our orders: Sue deciding on Orange Juice and French Toast to go with her Tea while I went for 2 Eggs over medium, Bacon rashers, Pineapple & Orange slices, a piece of homemade Creole Bread and coffee (US$10 for the lot plus a small tip). Although the service was a bit slow, we were not in any great rush as we discussed the trip events thus far and planned for the day. Altogether, not a bad meal at all.

Comparison: least expensive

Directions: Turn right on entering Hopkins and it is on the beach side several hundred yards down the road - big sign out front.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 3

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2006
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Evening meal with our Saskatchewan friends - Belize

Evening meal with our Saskatchewan friends

Tropical Education Centre: An Isolated Spot

After leaving Ambergris Cay, here we were, staying in accommodations at the Belize Tropical Education Center (TEC) in the middle of nowhere and they also had a great restaurant on the premises! We, along with our 'Caye Caulker' friends from Saskatchewan, Canada turned up at about 6 PM, where we chatted with two other couples (one from Alberta, Canada and the other from Washington, USA) while waiting for the start of the meal. The TEC has a large dining area on the bottom floor of it's Office/Teaching building with Belizians looking after the cooking in an adjoining kitchen. It was not long before the ladies brought out our individual plates, all heaped with the same delicious ingrediants!

Favorite Dish: This set meal consisted of roasted chicken and a cob of corn, along with just about every other type of vegetable that you can imagine! Washed down by glasses of orange juice and water, and with lime merangue pie and coffee for dessert, it was an excellent feast before we headed out for our specially guided Night Tour of the Belize Zoo.

The next morning, we were back again for our 7:30 AM breakfast so we could do a day tour of the Zoo before the cruise ship passengers arriving from Belize City flooded the place. This was another excellent meal of scrambled eggs with onions, bacon, toast, coffee and juice (as well as choices of fresh fruit, cereals and pastries). You do not get a menu choice here, but there are enough different things served at each meal that I'm sure most people would be able to find something to keep them going till the next meal! We had pre-paid for both these meals upon check-in at the TEC, with the dinner costing US$15 and the breakfast US$11 (for two people in both cases). It was great food with a very convenient location for us to be able to do the activities that we wanted while there at the Zoo!

Comparison: least expensive

Directions: Tropical Education Center, located in the forest about 1-2 miles from the Belize Zoo, close to where the Coastal Highway meets the Western Highway (and about half-way between Belize City and Belmopan)

Other Contact: tec@belizezoo.org

Phone: 501-220-8003

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 4

Theme: American

Website: http://www.belizezoo.org

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2006
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Snapped by an American customer - Belize

Snapped by an American customer

Ali Baba's: We Worked for this One!

On our final evening on Ambergris Cay, it was after 6 PM by the time we finished off a few tasks, and then began looking for a place to eat. Our first stop was at Mango's (closed on a Monday) then the ever-popular BCs on the beach (no food seemed to be available there and the bar was packed with people). We then continued to head south, past the airport where we noticed Ali Baba's, a Lebanese-type restaurant. This had possibilities but we continued onward to the Jade Garden Chinese restaurant we had biked past during the afternoon (did not like their menu selections), kept going south toward a Thai restaurant and stopped in at Crazy Canucks Beach Bar along the way. It too was very busy but no sign of a restaurant and there were people sitting under tents as if a function of some sort was underway. It was fully dark when we finally reached the Tastes of Thai, but we were greeted by a large sign that said FULL. Oh well, we began the slog north again, heading for Ali Baba's, but had not gone too far when a passing American on a golf cart kindly offered us a drive! It was 7 PM by the time we were ushered into their dining room, and it was a relief to finally sit down to order something.

Favorite Dish: We had two dishes to share - big full-sized Chicken kebabs (US$9) and a Vegetarian dish of Homus, falaful & cilantro (US$10) as well as a couple of Belikin beers (US$5 for two) and a glass of white wine (US$6). Wow, this was really great food with a lovely flavour and cooked to perfection! Both before and during the meal we enjoyed interesting conversations with an American couple from New Hampshire (not far from where we live in Canada) and a guy sitting by himself, from Texas. This guy was a character, sleeping in the most basic of shelters even though he was in Belize looking to invest US$100,000 in property he was interested in. Later in our travels on mainland Belize, we ran into other Americans also looking for investment opportunities - it seems that Belize is starting to be 'noticed'!

As we left, we congratulated the chef on our meal, one of the best we had so far had in Belize, and this place was not even mentioned in our guide book. With a tip, the total bill came to US$35 cash, No Credit Cards accepted.

Comparison: about average

Directions: Close to the Airport, just down the street from the Tropic Air office

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 4

Theme: Middle Eastern

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2006
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