One that we can highly recommend is Elvi’s Kitchen on Middle Street (Pescador Drive) in downtown San Pedro. Ms. Elvi is like the boss’s second mom and no mom would ever serve a friend of her son anything that wasn’t wonderful. This is why we can recommend Elvi’s without reservation. Elvi’s Kitchen is one of the oldest and most culturally correct eateries on Ambergris Caye. Founded by Ms. Elvi’s husband, Mr. Enrique Staines, back in 1974, Elvi’s Kitchen has been very successful and has won many of the coveted awards for excellence including one from the Queen of England. Mr. Staines died in a car accident in 1990, but Ms. Elvi and some of her children have maintained a standard of excellence unparalleled by island standards. The menu features many local dishes, including seafood and Mayan, as well as Mexican and American dishes. For a wonderfully different dining experience we recommend the Mayan Buffet.
Another restaurant we wholeheartedly recommend is El Fogon. For a taste of authentic Mayan food cooked over an open fire the way the Maya did centuries ago, you must try El Fogon. Tell Susana we sent you! Located on Trigger Fish Street, just one block west of the Tropic Air terminal, Susana cooks food the way her friends and neighbors like it. She’s only open for lunch and if you don’t get there early you won’t get a seat. Sometimes, if you poke around too long you may get a seat, but all the food will be gone! Had we not told you about Susana’s El Fogon restaurant, you might never have known about it! It is truly for the locals, but since she’s our friend, she said it was okay to share her little secret with you! Go early and don’t miss this special glimpse into authentic Mayan culture!
Everyone loves Pizza and the good folks in San Pedro are no different. Believe it or not you can actually get a better pizza in San Pedro than you can in many areas back home. There are several really good Pizzerias on the island, but our favorite is Pepperoni’s. We’ve never had a bad pizza from there. As a matter of fact, we’ve never had one that wasn’t “over the top”! So, when you need a break from all the truly delicious food and incredibly fresh seafood that is at your fingertips (that you won’t get when you go back home!), call Pepperoni’s (226-4515)—they deliver! Or go visit them on Coconut Drive, just south of Ramon’s Village Resort.
While the above are obviously our first choices for dining when we’re on the island as we said there are many choices for your next meal. If it’s not on our list of recommended restaurants then we suggest you ask our capable front desk staff for an opinion on your choices.