At a bend in the Hip Strip road with views over the park and sea, The family-run Pelican Grill has been serving up Jamaican classics in a classic mid-scale restaurant setting since 1964. It’s always a good sign to see some locals sharing the joint with the tourists, especially digging into Jamaican breakfast specialties like ackee and saltfish and callaloo omelettes.

Grab a booth spot on a padded bench and try one of the West Indian curries, jerk chicken with rice and peas, a hamburger, or local escoveitched fish (fried then dressed in a vinegar, onion, and carrot sauce spiked with five-alarm scotch bonnet peppers).


Nice touch: the old-fashioned soda fountain for malteds, shakes, and banana splits.

 - Reid Bramblett