Nassau restaurants open and close often. Even if reservations aren't required, it's a good idea to call first just to verify that a place is still in business and that the hours haven't changed. European and American cuisine are relatively easy to find. Surprisingly, it used to be difficult to find Bahamian cuisine, but in recent years, more restaurants have begun to offer authentic island fare.
The Island's Best Picnic Fare -- If you're keen on organizing a picnic and want to gather your provisions, consider heading about 3km (1 3/4 miles) west of Cable Beach. Within a shopping complex known as Caves Village, you'll find the Gourmet Market (tel. 242/327-1067; www.gourmetmarketnassau.com), the island's most upscale grocery store. Functioning like a magnet for villa owners within the nearby exclusive gated community of Lyford Cay, it sells fruits, cheeses, fish, wines, and pastries. And yes, they'll make sandwiches and even assemble, with or without strong guidance from you, picnic meals to go. It's open Monday to Saturday 8am to 7pm, Sunday 8am to 1pm.