We’d heard for some time about the very casual fish fry beach bar/restaurants just outside of Georgetown as the place where local Bahamians go on Friday night for the music and BBQs, but had always just assumed it would just be too-fried food.
One day I noticed Shirley's was the #4 restaurant in Great Exuma, ahead of Chat N’ Chill and the Exuma Point Bar and Grill, and decided there must be a reason. And there is.
The food was wonderful. Barb’s crab cakes were fresh and lightly cooked with no batter, and just the right amount of distinctive seasoning. My fish was similarly perfectly cooked fresh grouper in a pita-like bread wrap that was a thinner and fresher than I’m able to find at home. It seems from the comments that the coconut or garlic flavoured grouper are customer favourites which we might have tried if we hadn’t been looking for a light lunch.
When I asked Shirley what being #4 on tripadvisor meant, she explained that when she’d started her business a year ago, she’d never heard of it until she discovered her customers were writing about her food. She told us all she does is be there when she should, and try to serve the best food. She proudly stated what her sales had been in her first 8 month season, and said she's know what tripadvisor meant after her second 8 month season.
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