Santanna’s Grill


Right on the beach and sea-breezed, it is purported to have been a favorite hangout of Johnny Depp while shooting “Pirates of the Caribbean.” The quintessential Bahamian beach shack, its menu depends on what local fishermen have caught that day. You will usually find crack’ (deep-fried) conch, chicken and fried fish. Get the fresh lobster in season (August 1 to March 31). Everything comes with a full plate of peas and rice, slaw, and potato salad.

You’re not likely to have much room in your stomach after that, but you must stop next store at Mom’s bakery, owned by Santanna’s owners’ mother. At age 86, she daily bakes fresh and wonderful rum cake, pineapple upside down cake, coconut macaroons, coconut bread, johnnycake, and other wonders. Hugs from Mom are free, according to a sign hanging on the wall.


Open Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.