Dominican Republic restaurants
Restaurants in the Dominican Republic, or at least those that cater exclusively to tourists, are often accused of being bland. But don't be afraid to venture beyond the confines of your resort. Dominican cuisine has yet to make inroads with serious foodies in the States, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth exploring. Beyond national specialties like mofongo (a mash of green plantains and pork cracklings), locally caught seafood is top-notch (shrimp, mahi mahi, sea bass, and dorade are common), simply prepared, and served right on the beach. Don't miss fresh fruits juiced roadside and locally grown coffee for breakfast. At cocktail hour, the Mama Juana—a blend of rum, wine, honey, tree bark and other herbs—is a staple. Prime dinner hours are between 7 and 10 pm, and we'd advise having your hotel reserve you a table at the nicer places (less potential for language snafus as well).