Food in Antigua and Barbuda
The national dish is fungie (pronounced foon-gee) and pepperpot. Fungie is a dish very similar to Italian polenta, as it is made mainly from maize flour. Other local dishes include ducana, seasoned rice, salt fish and lobster (from Barbuda). Local sweets include sugar cakes, caramel, raspberry and tamarind stew and peanut brittle. The various restaurants on the island offer local and international dishes.
- Lunch can consist of anything that can easily be bought at a nearby shop, including a bakery.
- Dinner usually consists of rice, macaroni or noodles, vegetables/salad, a main dish (fish, chicken, pork, beef, etc.) and a side dish such as macaroni pie, fried potatoes or plantains.
On Saturdays, you will find numerous drive-through barbecues all over the island at major road junctions. They serve rice and chicken, dumplings, soup, etc. Sometimes they even have a sound system for entertainment.
Sunday is the day when the culture is most reflected in the food. Breakfast may include salted fish, aubergine, eggs, bacon, sausage or salad. Dinner may include pork, baked chicken, braised lamb or turkey, accompanied by rice (prepared in various ways), salads and a local drink.
- Harmony Hall, near Freetown. It closes for the summer on 6 May. The best restaurant on the island.
- Mama Lolly, Redcliffe Quay, St John’s. Vegetarian and vegan home cooking.
- Calabash, Vendors Mall in Redcliffe Quay, St John’s. Vegan cuisine. Owned by a raw chef who used to work in New York.
- The Roti King, on the corner of St Mary’s Street and Corn Alley, St John’s. It serves roti, an East Indian dish of rolled flatbread filled with hot and spicy curry and tamarind sauce.
The only American-style fast food chains in Antigua are KFC with three locations and Subway sandwiches in St. John’s.
Drinks in Antigua and Barbuda
Local drinks are:
- Tamarind juice
- Mango juice
- Coconut water
- Cavalier rum, Antigua rum.
- Wadadli, Antiguan beer
- Oasis, desalinated water.