"No burgers, no fries and we try not to put everything on a flour tortilla."
That's the way Wendy and Joe Mineff describe the menu philosophy at The Buena Vida in Roatan's West End. Located West of Half Moon Bay on the inland side of the road and open since October 2012, this laid back cafe/bar is a wonderful new addition to West End dining options.
We had a chance to sample both the lunch menu (available all the time) and the breakfast menu (available until 3!). Both were excellent.
For lunch, three of us shared the corned beef sandwich, shrimp po boy and fish tacos. All three dishes were good looking, nicely garnished and reasonably portioned. The food was fresh and well seasoned. Together with a couple of cold Salva Vidas and a soda plus tip, the total tab was very reasonable.
After a birthday celebration run amok the night before, the Buena Vida was my personal salva vida the next day. With bloodshot eyes slightly larger than stomach, I ordered the Buena Vida breakfast with two eggs over medium, chorizo sausage and sautéed veg with a side of house made corned-beef hash and a side of banana bread french toast. Once again, everything was fresh and well-prepared. The french toast was awesome, as was the hash and chorizo. With a cup of coffee and an ice-cold club soda, I emerged from The Buena Vida in dramatically better condition than I entered it. Thanks Joe...
The Buena Vista serves dinner as well but we didn't have the time on this trip for the trifecta of meals.
Finally, the atmosphere is clean, simple and classically West End - with guests ranging from people in shorties between dives to a group of friends of a cruise ship to a local resident on a laptop enjoying a cup of coffee and using the complimentary wifi.
Next time you're in West End Village, grab a bite at The Buena Vista. It's great food at a great price and a really nice addition to our neighborhood.