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“Great Native Bahamian Conch”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Big D's Conch Spot

Big D's Conch Spot
Ranked #11 of 47 Restaurants in Great Exuma
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Bahamian
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Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: To all our valuable customers big D's Conch Spot will be closed as of August 1st until the first week in October sorry for any inconvenience caused.
Detroit, Michigan
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“Great Native Bahamian Conch”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

We were staying at the fabulous Sandals Emerald Bay Resort in Great Exuma but on one day decided to hire a taxi for a mini tour of the island and George Town. My favorite food on the planet is cracked conch and our driver, a great guy named Gregory, suggested Big D's Conch Stop.

We debated on whether to dine before the tour or after. Jeffrey suggested that we dine at the end of the tour and it was a good suggestion.

We pulled up to Big D's Conch Stop at just about 2pm. Our driver looked puzzled because the place was not open. Then just seconds later the proprietors arrived. They explained that they had remained closed that afternoon to attend a health expo. This is typical of the tropical Atlantic and Caribbean. They call it "Soon Come" time. When a restaurant lists that it opens at noon, that's not the case every single day. It's just the way they operate on the islands.

You have your choice of seating here. You can dine indoors or on a huge deck overlooking the beautiful turquoise water. We chose to dine outside. The sun was in and out and the trade winds were blowing gently making it most comfortable.

We are conch maniacs and had hoped to start out with what everybody on the island raves about--conch salad. However Gregory, our driver, noticed that in the spot outside where conch salad is usually prepared fresh, there were no ingredients out. Turns out that's because they opened so late they had not yet had time to venture out into the ocean to fetch fresh conch for the salad. So we started out with conch fritters.

The fritters were crisp on the outside and moist inside and they were loaded with chunks of conch. Then we moved onto cracked conch for our main course. Cracked conch is simply when the meat of the conch is removed from the shell and pounded out to tenderize it. It is then battered and fried. It was very good although quite a bit different than I'm used to. I've had conch in many different islands (Aruba, Cayman, Barbados, Turks and Caicos, Nassau, Cancun, etc.) and usually it's a large cutlet of conch that you need a knife and fork to cut up. Here at Big D's Conch Stop it was fried up in smaller pieces, almost in nuggets. But it was still good. We had a number of sides to choose from but it turns out that in reality, we were limited to just two. That's because they were out of the others sides. So our cracked conch came with rice and peas (delicious) and friend plantains (also delicious). Actually I chose cracked conch and so did Gregory. My wife, always the rebel, went with steamed lane snapper with veggies, which was very tasty.

It's interesting how they get their conch. They catch them live and and then drill little holes in them so that a wire can be strung through them. They are kept live in the ocean just outside the restaurant and then collected, as needed, for diners. The wire, which is anchored, keeps them from scurrying off. It just doesn't get any fresher than this!

This isn't a particularly cheap place to eat but it's the genuine item with extremely friendly servers. In our case we were assisted by Big D himself and his wife. Very nice and accommodating people. We invited our driver, Gregory, to dine with us and the bill for all three of us including sodas came to $82. And if you're in a hurry, this isn't the place for you. Our lunch lasted for more than 2 hours. Remember that "Soon Come Time."

If you do consider a tour of the island via the Sandals concierge, I suggest that you request Gregory. He's very funny and knowledgeable. Plus he's a bit of a star on the island since he hosts his own radio show evenings on their one and only radio station!

The cuisine at Sandals is very, very good. But once during your stay I suggest that you take a cab and give this local spot a shot. The setting is perfect and you can even swim at their beach if you'd like.

They're located just a mile or two from Sandals. Your cab driver will know right where to go!

  • Visited May 2013
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“The only restaurant in Exuma I'd recommend to anyone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

This was by far the best food I had during my vacation. The cracked conch was reasonable in price and was very crispy, tender and seasoned appropriately. The conch salad is what makes this place special and for ten dollars you can get a filling and HEALTHY meal. Beers weren't very cold and that was my only knock on this place. The outside porch sits right on the beach and offers great scenery while you are waiting for your food. We had the cracked conch, conch salad and 2 beers for $31.00 including tip. Best food value and best food means YOU MUST COME HERE!

  • Visited May 2013
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Pittsburgh
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“Ripped Off At Big D's”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

My family and I went to Big D's just after getting into our rental house just down the beach from the restaurant. The rental agent had given us restaurant suggestions and he said Big D's was just OK. We should have listened to him, but because of the good reviews on Tripadvisor and the closeness of the place, we gave it a try.

We had Fish Burgers and regular Beef Burgers. The Fish Burger was liked, the Beef Burger was very dry and tasteless. We had a conch salad that was OK, but not great. When we got our bill we were surprised that Bahamian Kalik and Sands beers were $10.00 each. Not being on the island more that 2 hours, we thought that was probably the going price for a beer since we had heard the island, in general, was pricey. Wrong - every place else we traveled had those bees for $4.00 each, including the George Town airport the day of our departure.

We went to several other restaurants during the week, and all were better than Bid D's.

  • Visited May 2013
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New Jersey
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“Fun Place to Eat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013

Great place to eat about 10 minutes from Grand Isles Resort. Stopped in for dinner on a Sunday evening. Food was good. It was just getting dark so can't comment on the view but it is on the beach. Unfortunately, it wasn't until a group of other vacationers, that had obviously been here before, came in and order some type of fresh conch salad, in which a man actually removed the conch from the shells, cleaned and diced the conch for the salad. Would have loved to try that but was already full. They also turn on the music and a nice little entertaining was starting up as we were leaving. Would certainly return.

  • Visited April 2013
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Neenah, Wisconsin
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“Great spot!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 30, 2013

Great spot between Rolleville and Georgetown. We stopped for lunch and had wonderful food and drinks. Right on the water so you can snorkel or swim right in front of their deck.

Visited April 2013
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