Local legend Elvia Staines began selling burgers out of a takeout window in 1974. Today, Elvi’s is arguably the most popular restaurant on Ambergris Caye, with a word-of-mouth reputation built on the happy bellies of thousands of diners. The restaurant is a thatched, screened-in building with picnic tables, a large flamboyant tree growing up through the roof, and a floor of crushed shells and sand. You can get everything from Belizean stewed chicken to Oaxacan-style street corn. For lunch, there are still burgers, including traditional beef burgers, although I prefer the lobster and fish burgers. There’s live music every night and a Mayan Feast every Friday, and the specials they serve reflect the style of music that’s being played.

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