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“This Ain't The Cracker Barrel”

The Cracked Conch by the Sea
Ranked #3 of 21 Restaurants in West Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $60
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Plymouth, MI
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“This Ain't The Cracker Barrel”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Went there in June with my wife, so it was not crowded.

The meal scorecard:

Octopus Appetizer: Very good.
Cracked Conch: Excellent. Very crisp. Served with pickled fennel, which was something new & delicious. A very creative & crunchy side to the conch. A formal request was made for me to replicate the pickled fennel this summer--should not be difficult.

Seared Scallops--Excellent
Seared Snapper--Very good.
Dishes are partnered with very creative sides that enhance the flavors of the main dish.

Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée--I can only give this a "good" rating. My wife's creme brulee is better. The vanilla flavor was a little weak, but I give the chef credit for the fresh crunch on the torched sugar shell that tops the desert. The sugar shell only remains crunchy when it is served quickly because the humidity of the tropics is unforgiving and can turn the sugar into limp mush if not served right away.

A pricey meal, but still very good to excellent. Including one drink, the meal set me back about $150 U.S.

  • Visited June 2013
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Parker, Colorado
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“didn't eat went snorkeling”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

We didn't eat at the restaurant but they have a nice access to the reef for a shore dive or snorkel. There are showers and the dive staff will give you info about the reef.

Visited May 2013
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Boston, ma
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent food, service and ambiance but steep price”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

The title really says it all. The food was fantastic but the price tag was way to high. Our dinner for 4 adults and two children was over $300 U.S.

Hint: call for reservations

Visited May 2013
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Denver, Colorado
Level 5 Contributor
81 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Location, location, location”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

The view from the desk is one of the best I've seen for dinner. The seafood is very fresh and well prepared. The conch ceviche is some of the best I've had. Great place for a Sunset Dinner.

Visited May 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Magic by the Sea! Not to miss.”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

This was my third trip to the Cracked Conch in the last year and half after discovering the magic that is conducted here. This restaurant, as most in Grand Cayman favors seafood which is artfully prepared with a flair but not over the top and snooty. As a classically trained Chef, I tend to be slightly more critical but I cannot say anything that we ordered had any room for improvement.

We shared butter poached Lobster that was succulent and accompanied by a wonderful array of vegetables and vanilla infuses mashed potatoes. We also ordered their Diver Scallops, with Cauliflower mashed and spring veggies. All perfectly seasoned and displayed each was presented perfectly.

The only thing (which is beyond their control) to mention or be aware of the mosquitos may like to dine on you as you dine with them. However, our server Jennifer offered up some Cutter and we were golden. A true pro!

The dessert and after dinner drink menu was also (like the dinner menu) was ample and offered a sweet for any palate.

This is another not to missed restaurant in Grand Cayman.

  • Visited May 2013
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