Some of the best food experiences are the ones you just happen to meet upon. Like this one:
During a tour of the Exumas in the Bahamas we took an impromptu drive via a one-way bridge from Great Exuma over to Little Exuma. We had just done the 007 Tour where we swam with pigs, and still on a high, thought we would get a little lost. The drive from one Island to the next was a lot of fun but by the time we got to Little Exuma, well, let’s just say “we could eat”. We asked a young man on his way fishing about dining options and he recommended that we stop by Santana’s.
Not knowing much about Santana’s except that “you continue past the Salt Beacon and it’s on your left. You can’t miss it”, we drove on and arrived at one of the coolest roadside spots ever!
We were immediately greeted by the colorful and warm personality of Miss D, who owns the Grill Pit.
Located in Williams Town, Little Exuma, Santana’s is a Grill and Beach Bar that, as the name suggests, is located right on the beach. This roadside wooden bar is the true definition of “who woulda thunk it?”. It is the perfect example of a chill spot. The spot where you kick your shoes off, dig your toes in the sand and order a nice cold beer. So, you can obviously imagine that’s what we did, in that order. Yes, in this perfect atmosphere, a Kalik will do.
While we ordered from a menu which included grilled lobster, grilled grouper, conch (of course), and chicken, we listened, all smiles, as Miss D as she told us and showed us photos of Johnny Depp and the crew of the Pirates of the Caribbean dining at Santana’s.
By the time our food arrived we had learned about Miss D’s history and how the restaurant got started, her family and her sister who also owned a restaurant nearby. What great company!
So, can we talk about this lobster that you see on my plate above? Let’s talk about the rice and the flavors that were so carefully hidden and calculated to burst on my taste buds, about how the lobster melted in my mouth, about how I almost jumped across the bar to ask for the secret recipe, and about how as I type this I can taste the butter sauce in the corners…….ok. Yes, it was good, that good.
As we ate, we watched Miss D and we swore she had a smile on her face the whole time as if to say “yep, I knew you would like that”. It was hands down, one of the best gastronomical experiences I have ever had. All from simple and every day ingredients.
After eating we hung out with Miss D and a couple Kalik beers for a while. We didn’t know yet that we were in luck. No sooner had we put our shoes back on than we see, who we later found out, was Miss D’s husband coming in with more fresh catch. He was very welcoming as he showed us what he caught and get this: how to get the conch out of it’s shell.
We couldn’t have planned it better if we tried.
All in all, it was a great day.
We will see you again Miss D.
– Bring cash for your meals
– Plan on spending a while; it really is a great spot
– Before or after, stop for a swim at Tropic of Cancer Beach
– Call to double check hours: 242-345-4102