When we flew down to Roatan, I asked passengers around me for restaurant recommendations. A few people said Cal's. He's only open on what I want to call cruise ship days, so no weekends, which is good for the owner but bad for anyone who misses those days. But this place really does capture the vibe of Roatan, which to say the least is the most chill island I have ever visited. Out of a dozen or so in the Caribbean, for perspective.
The view from Cal's is 5 star, the food a laid back 5 star, and the vibe 5 star. It's the perfect island mesh. This is casual island food with some flair & cooking skill, even if it's definitely not fine dining. Unlike so many restaurants all over the world, Cal does what he does pretty darn close to perfectly. No airs, just a guy who knows how to make good food at fair prices.
We had lunch here, just some very unique chips & salsa & the sublime lion fish. Washed it down with a marg & a beer. I honestly don't think it matters much what you have. It's all good, as the people around me attested.
After lunch, we came to find out that Cal is from my hometown. We got a little tour, talked about the island, the challenges, his past forays in Honduras, the local government, While we were there, Jackson Browne played just loud enough to add to the whole thing. Dear reader, you either get that or you don't. But for me personally, it was as perfect as the food. It was as if I transferred those songs, now 40+ years old, to an island that was about 40 years back in time...an innocent, still not commercialized Malibu beckoning. It reminded me of another SoCal singer songwriter, and his words....
"Truth is simple
But seldom ever seen
Let nothing come between
Simple man, simple dream"
Go here, have fun, drink a few, and enjoy it all. You won't be disappointed.
And hey! Make those t-shirts!
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