But here are our best discoveries for putting a big dent in your Anguilla food bill...
Load up on groceries and cook your own meals. There are several grocery stores on the island. They all have a good selection, each with its own strength that you'll discover.
You can even get good old American hotdogs -- my dad BBQ'd hotdog and chicken on the porch.
*One special tip... the big container boat arrives once a week, on Wednesday. So do your Anguilla food shopping Thursday afternoon or Friday morning to get the freshest food.
Obviously, you'll need accommodations with a large fridge and freezer, one more great reason to rent a villa rather than stay in a hotel.
Here are our favorite grocery stores on the island (each has its own strengths, which you'll find out as you shop)...
*Note: Best Buy now has two locations. The original is in East End on Long Path Road. Known and loved for its wide variety and excellent prices, it was no surprise when they opened a second location in West End. Their West End grocery store offers the same terrific selection in a more modern atmosphere. More information on Best Buy West End here.
the owner is so friendly!
While you're out shopping, stop into three markets (meat, fish, and fruits/vegetables)...
A wholesale place that sells retail. Load up at the start of your vacation though, because you have to buy in some volume. They even have the Hebrew National kosher franks, which barbeque so deliciously.
We discovered this one too late, towards the end of our last trip. But we popped in, and the counters were lined with fresh fish on ice. It's in the George Hill/ Waterswamp area on the main road, not far from the roundabout that leads down to Sandy Ground.
Caribbean Fruits and Vegetables
Here you can buy the freshest greens on Anguilla! All of the haut-chefs at private Anguilla villas and resorts shop at no other market...
Frankie's Fabulous Anguilla Tomatoes
Hungry for fresh organically grown fruits and vegetables? Frankie's are not only fresh and grown without GMOs or hormones, they are delicious, ripe with passion!
A product of passion, Sensational Flavours is not to be missed if you are seeking organic produce. Every Saturday their farm and market is open to the public. Enjoy juices, baked goods and other treats (soups, Johnny cakes, fried fish, etc.) while you shop for organic produce.
Here's an original option to Anguilla restaurants...
This is a gourmet frozen food shop, about ten minutes from our villa.
They have all sorts of fresh salads, and fish balls, chicken, goat, and tasty desserts like , cake, pie, and cookies.
I recommend the shrimp salad and the roasted chicken!
You buy the food you want, then just store it in the freezer for later.
The price is reasonable, although not super-cheap, but it is delicious.
Just thinking about the roast chicken makes me hungry! And my dad swears by the carrot cake. Update 2006: Fat Cat's Moved!
The perfect accompaniment to Fat Cat's gourmet treats? Fine wines and spirits! With the widest selection of French and international wines and liquors, Grands Vins de France is the island's leading wine shop.
Le Bon Pain Anguilla Bakery
One of the best French bakeries in Anguilla, serving the best pain au chocolat, croissant and buttered baguette.
Geraud's is not just famous for its gourmet sandwiches, French breads, but also for their pastries and tasty lunch specials and breakfasts (Eggs Benedict anyone?). Yum!
Locally-loved, come to Mary's Bakery for baked treats, fresh sandwiches, rotis and some of the softest bread on the island.
Sugar & Spice Bakery and Bistro
Conveniently located on the highway that runs parallel to the airport runway, this bakery and bistro serves up sweet and savory treats and fresh fruit juices and smoothies.
Hall's Unique Bakery
Locally-loved for its Johnny cakes, Saltfish Saturday Breakfast and famous coconut tarts, Hall's Unique Bakery is a top choice for Anguillian favorites.
Not a bakery per se, Cake Divas' beautiful creations are worth a mention! They are the artists to call on for cakes, cupcakes and special treats of all kind for special events.
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All in all, you can eat quite cheaply by doing what the Anguillians do... buy Anguilla food at groceries, markets, bakeries, and so forth. Then bring it home to cook. And, on that note...
Saltfish Recipe Salted and dried, saltfish is a dish commonly found in Anguilla restaurants, served in a number of ways. Tasty and easy to prepare, here's how to do it!
Veya is one of Anguilla's top five-star restaurants. Many claim that it is by far the best for taste and ambiance, loaded with gourmet treats!