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Blanchard's, Meads Bay

Meads Bay
Tel: 264 497 6100's insider take:

In 1994, Bob and Melinda Blanchard opened this charming open-air pavilion set in a garden overlooking the sea, and tables have been consistently full ever since. The secret is Chef Blanchard's ever-changing menu, which blends Caribbean, Cajun, Californian, and Asian flavors in a way that everyone from Janet Jackson and Robert De Niro to Susan Sarandon and Michael Douglas seem to like. Popular staples include the lobster cakes; a trio of mahi-mahi with coconut, lime, and ginger; and jerk shrimp with cinnamon rum bananas. The tropical dining room, which wraps around an award-winning wine collection, is beach chic, its candlelit tables set with fine china and cooled by the sea breezes blowing through the louvered windows. Though some say it's overpriced, we think the setting and service are well worth it. Be sure to book well in advance.

Open daily 6 to 9:30 pm. Closed September and October.

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