Andros follows the rest of The Bahamas in its cuisine. Conch, in its many variations, is the staple of most diets, along with heaping portions of peas 'n' rice, johnnycake, and pig or chicken souse.

If you're touring the island during the day, you'll come across some local spots that serve food. If business has been slow at any of these little places, however, there might be nothing on the stove.

Many of the hotels reviewed above contain restaurants that are open to nonguests. On South Andros, Emerald Palms Resort, outside Congo Town (tel. 242/369-2713), is the best place to dine. Make a reservation for dinner here, which costs $25 to $50 per person.

On Mangrove Cay, try Dianne Cash's Total Experience, Main Road (tel. 242/369-0430), where you can sample Dianne's version of baked crab backs served with peas 'n' rice. Don't plan on dropping by without some kind of advance notification, though.

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