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Five places to eat like a local in Tobago

Put the guidebook away – these are the foodie secrets you need to know about

By Time Out in association with British Airways
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Sylvia’s

Sylvia’s is literally an extension of the home kitchen of ‘Aunty Sylvia’ who created a quaint dining space adjacent to her porch for guests to enjoy the meals served from the small annex to her kitchen. Every Monday to Saturday, Tobago-style breakfast and lunch is demolished daily by locals and visitors alike.

Bon Accord

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The Suckhole

This popular lunch-only restaurant is situated on the beachfront of Man-O’War Bay. The service at Suckhole can be politely described as ‘laid-back’, but the food – burgers and hearty servings of chicken, ribs, fish and shrimp with fresh salad – is well worth the wait.

Charlotteville

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Bar Hop-In

This newcomer is nestled in a beautiful garden setting and offers an authentically local experience, from the food, lagers and liquor to the live entertainment. Drop in on the last Sunday of the month, if you can, and catch a traditional Tobago breakfast as it was served in the olden days – including chocolate tea.

Shirvan

Good Eats

At this tiny corner spot, just outside the airport, the menu is an eclectic mix of tasty Tobago classics and gourmet offerings. The jerk shrimp sandwich, served on coconut bread, is a dish of rare beauty.

Crown Point

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The Fish Pot

The menu at this seaside diner changes with the tides, with the catch of the day etched on to the chalkboard at the start of service. Simple sides and unfussy preparation let the freshness of the fish do the talking, and the Caribbean breeze that wafts in completes the paradise vibe.

Black Rock

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