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“The Best Food in Caye Caulker”

Wish Willy - Bar & Grill
Ranked #19 of 93 Restaurants in Caye Caulker
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, Barbecue, Central American
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
nyc
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8 reviews
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“The Best Food in Caye Caulker”
Reviewed August 13, 2009

The most authentic and delicious food you will find in Caye Caulker. Maurice is the guy who owns this place and cooks...went to culinary school in Chicago and been back in Belize for the past 10 years. Totally laid back - its basically the backyard to his home with a grill outside and the kitchen in his home.

If you go at night, don't worry about the baby lizards on the ceilings or the crabs running around on the sand...they won't bother you. Just enjoy the best food in Caye Caulker.

My wife and I hung out with Maurice and ate at his place at least 3-4 times over the weeklong vacation we took in Caye Caulker.

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Boston
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“Loved it”
Reviewed July 22, 2009

The food was great. Maurice was very personal and funny. It is very relaxed. We did not have a long wait, but we got there on the early side for island time. The food is all fresh and we found spices and vegetables there that we did not find in other places. I would higly recommend it. I agree that the atmosphere may not be for everyone, but I found it delightful

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Henderson, NV and Seaside Park, NJ
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44 reviews
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“Not worth trying”
Reviewed May 19, 2009

We decided to try Wish Willy's after reading about this restaurant on various forums. It is not worth trying. Yes, the price is very reasonable but it's not very good. We had to wait quite awhile before getting our meals. I was served first and when I asked about my husband's meal I was rudely told, do you want "raw" chicken or cooked? After waiting almost 15 more minutes his meal arrived but the rice and vegetables were cold. The music was so loud that it was difficult to have a conversation. We had to share a table with another couple which we did not mind but it was extremely hard to communicate. There are too many other places to have a good meal fo about the same money. Don't waste your time!

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Norhern California
1 review
“Don't miss eating here”
Reviewed April 5, 2009

Wish Willy's may not be for everyone, but if you have a relaxed itinerary (meaning you're not in a hurry, as the service is slow) and don't mind eating at tables in the yard, this is the best food on Caye Caulker. The 'menu' varies, there are only a few specials each night you will have to ask the chef, but everything is delicious.

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Toronto, Ontario
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19 reviews
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“The Best Food - A Unique Setting”
Reviewed February 21, 2009

We always start and finish every trip to Caye Caulker (we have been on the island 5 times) with a meal at Wish Willy.

One of the great things about Caulker is the great choice of good restaurants, but the best food to be had at any of them is found at Wish Willy.

Maurice (his name is not Willy) is a Chicago trained chef and he cooks a wide range of foods (on our last trip to the island we had lobster, lamb, chicken and beef at different meals) in a variety of different ways and sauces and the meals are consistently excellent.

While the food is great, the place may not be for everybody. There is no menu - Maurice will tell you what there is that day and how you will get it. You'll be sitting at tables in Maurice's yard. Service is not quick.

If those things don't bother you, you're in for a great time. The atmosphere is unlike anywhere else. There is always good music playing and Maurice is always entertaining. And you can't beat the food!

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