Monday, December 20, 2010


One of our favorite BVI treats is lunch from Crandall's.

Located on the west end of Road Town, across the street from the Riteway and Arawak Interiors at Prospect Reef, Crandall's Bakery is open Monday through Saturday for breakfast and lunch. Having never been for breakfast, I have no idea what they offer, but I know their lunch is as tasty as they come.

The high quality of the lunch is evidenced by long line that accumulates inside the small storefront every day between 11:00 and 2:00. I have never been in that there isn't a line of at least six or seven people, often more, which by BVI standards makes Crandall's one of the busiest places on the island.

What are all these folks eating? Paté.

Paté is the Caribbean version of the Cornish Pasty. A filling of spiced meat is surrounded by a tasty, rich crust, and given a crimped edge to make for easy, one-handed eating.

The beef paté above served as HB's lunch on Friday, while I indulged in a chicken paté. Crandall's also offers turkey and saltfish as fillings. The warm spiced meat and flaky crust is a delicious lunch with a price that can't be beat. Two filling patés and a johnny cake cost $7.50.

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