Portofino Resort- Now with a new BEACH BAR!!
Topic Options
#438448 - 05/20/12 05:43 PM Our Week in San Pedro, Thanks for the Advice!
like2lean Offline
The first afternoon we were starving and grabbed lunch at Fido’s just down the beach from the Phoenix. It was only fair and pricey for what we had, I wouldn’t go back for the food but it did have nice atmosphere. That night we ate at Elvie’s Kitchen on Middle Street, it was very good! What stood out for me were the stuffed jalapenos they offer as an appetizer. I expected them to be a frozen variation like we get at home, but these were hand battered and stuffed with 3 different cheeses that netted a delicate goat cheese flavor, one of the best things I ate on the whole trip.

The next morning we found Neries Taco. After reading so much about it I was anxious to try them for a cheap breakfast. It was about 9am and they were busy but not overwhelmed. I stood in line and made my way to the counter where I was completely, and intentionally, ignored by all three of the people behind the counter. They waited on everyone but me, and behind me for about 10 minutes, never making eye contact or acknowledging me in any way. WTF? I am not the ugly American, and I am not overly sensitive. I was in shorts, tee, and thongs just like most of the other people. Anyway I was hungry and not to be deterred so I stayed put and blocked the spot until they saw I wasn’t leaving without tacos. It was the only time in my 7 days in San Pedro I felt anything but kindness from any of the locals. I finally got three of the pork tacos with pepper and cabbage. They were small but quite good just like I had read. I am not sure I can recommend it, or that they would want me to, but I am interested to hear if anyone else got the same cold shoulder there.

Lunch was at Mathieu’s, VERY nice people and great cooks! They are planning to open for dinner at some point, it should be excellent! We had dinner at Carambas one night, we all loved it. Tip: if you walk on past the restaurant first, they’ll try to lure you in with a coupon for a free appetizer with rum punch, both of which were excellent. That conch ceviche dip was the second best we had, and 4 nice rum punches for our group! I must add however, that after I ordered my Creole Snapper, I was told I would be charged an extra $10 because the fish were a little bigger that day…..so much for a free coupon. I wanted to ask the waiter if he worked at Neries in the mornings, or if I looked like I fell from a plantain chip truck, but we were having fun and went along. All of our meals were delicious, I would definitely go back again. Another lunch/dinner spot we found was EL Fagon, right across from Neiries. It’s a small, authentic little place with a dirt floor, great food, and great service. We loved it, even though my wife was “startled” when a big crab walked over her foot under the table.

Another place we liked very much is a little ceviche place we’ll call Rubens. We decided to call it that because it’s no more than a blank door behind Cholo's sports bar that faces Caribena Street. He opens when he wants to around 2pm, if the door is open, so is he. Sometimes he sits in a golf cart just outside the door. I saw a blip on this place in another post and decided to try it. I’m certainly no authority, but it was the best I’ve ever had. It had tons of conch and shrimp, more sliced than diced, absolute heaven. Ruben was shocked that he was on the internet and anyone found him that way. So if or when you do go, please tell him the same. Tell him Rick and Randy are making him famous but he needs to write his name on the damn door! The Wild Mango was very good for lunch, and only good for dinner. They do make a great Mojito! There are so many good places to eat, such a refreshing change from all the stifling rules and regulations restaurants must abide by in the states.

We also took a couple of neat excursions. We did the half day Hol Chan/shark alley trip with Alphonse, a very fun trip, and a great guide. Then we did 2 full day trips; a snorkel/fishing/shore lunch trip with Oliver, and one up and around the north end to Bacalar Chico to snorkel and see the cut. We had a great time on both, but we really liked the one-on-one experience with Oliver. It was a VERY unique experience and the best beach lunches I've ever had on a cool little private island just west of Caye Caulker.

#438454 - 05/20/12 07:59 PM Re: Our Week in San Pedro, Thanks for the Advice! [Re: like2lean]
BrusselSprout Offline
Neri's definitely can be an experience jockeying for your spot. There is definitely no orderly line. I have never been to the one in town but the one in DFC seems to try a bit harder than what you report.

I could eat those pork tacos all day and all night. Love love love them. Though I've never tried the cabbage...

#438455 - 05/20/12 08:06 PM Re: Our Week in San Pedro, Thanks for the Advice! [Re: BrusselSprout]
SP Daily Offline
Originally Posted By: BrusselSprout
Neri's definitely can be an experience jockeying for your spot. There is definitely no orderly line. I have never been to the one in town but the one in DFC seems to try a bit harder than what you report.

Probably helps if yer from New York....

#438496 - 05/21/12 11:22 AM Re: Our Week in San Pedro, Thanks for the Advice! [Re: like2lean]
Surendra Offline
I think the two guys try hard to get everyone's order as they show up. My first time there was exactly as you describe it, but now I know to ask everyone who is with me what they want and when I get up to the window get their attention and place my order. It is our favorite breakfast place.

#438584 - 05/22/12 04:29 PM Re: Our Week in San Pedro, Thanks for the Advice! [Re: like2lean]
ScubaLdy Offline
I found the same impolite jumping in front of me at most of the grocerey stores when I first moved here. As long as you stand there and tolerate it they will do it - it's a game!
I stopped playing and started saying - in a Steve Martin tone - EXCUUUUUUSE ME - I'm here before you! I only had to do this one time at any given store and the clerks started treating me better.
Take only pictures leave only bubbles


Click for excellent scuba lessons with Elbert Greer!

Things to do

Daily News
Daily Weather

Classified Ads
San Pedro Sun
Ambergris Today
SP Town Council
Channel 7
Channel 5
Love FM
The Reporter
Caye Caulker

TV Newscasts
Radio Stations

Click for our
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites

Event Guides
Event Calendar
Specials & Events
Things to Do
iTravel Belize
Paradise Theater

San Pedro Scoop!
Tia Chocolate
My Beautiful Belize
I-Travel Belize
Belize Adventure
Belize Hub
Romantic Travel
Bound for Belize
Conch Creative
As The Coconuts Drop
More Blogs...
Search thousands of Belizean-only websites
Chaa Creek is an award-winning luxury Belize Resort, rated as one of the worlds best Eco Lodges. We are a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981!
White Sands Dive Shop - 5 Star PADI Dive Facility - Daily diving, SCUBA instruction and Snorkeling
Caribbean Inspired All Natural Condiments & Spice Blends, Over 100 are Gluten Free!
We manage a variety of homes, apartments, condos and commercial properties here on Ambergris Caye. Our minimum lease on ALL properties is six months.
Conch Shell Inn: All rooms are right on the beach in the heart of San Pedro, so within walking distance to anything and everything!!
Lil’ Alphonse has snorkel equipment to fit anyone as well as Marine Park Tickets and flotation devices to assist those not as experienced.
Coastal Xpress offers a daily scheduled ferry run to most resorts, restaurants and private piers on the island of Anbergris Caye. We also offer  private and charter water taxi service.
Mini Chat

Cayo Espanto
Click for Cayo Espanto, and have your own private island
More Links
Click for exciting and adventurous tours of Belize with Katie Valk!
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Who's Online
1 registered (1 invisible), 25 Guests and 8 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
18,635 Registered Members
44 Forums
63,718 Topics
461,262 Posts

Most users ever online: 1,262 @ 06/10/07 02:16 PM

AmbergrisCaye.com CayeCaulker.org HELP! Visitor Center Goods & Services San Pedro Town
BelizeSearch.com Message Board Lodging Diving Fishing Things to Do History
BelizeNews.com Maps Phonebook Belize Business Directory
BelizeCards.com SanPedroDaily.com Picture of the Day

The opinions and views expressed on this board are the subjective opinions of Ambergris Caye Message Board members
and not of the Ambergris Caye Message Board its affiliates, or its employees.