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“Best BBQ in Belize”
Review of Espada's Yard

Espada's Yard
Ranked #47 of 78 Restaurants in Placencia
Cuisines: Caribbean
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I happened upon Cal's BBQ while wandering down Placencia sidewalk, looking for fried plantains. The "you bring it, I grill it" got her attention. We stopped and chatted with him for a few minutes. He did not have plantains at the time, but said he would pick some up for us. He typically fires up the grill for dinner. We went back that evening. To her disappointment, he could not find sweet plantains. Nonetheless, he fried them for us and gave us his home made "plantain sauce." It was fantastic! We also ordered dinner. The grilled shrimp and BBQ pork was very flavorful and well cooked. The sides, spicy mashed potatoes and pasta salad, were great as well. Cal is a great host and cook. Fun to talk to for sure.
He also rents kayaks. You can catch your own fish and he will prepare it. Can't beat that!
Definitely a place we will visit next time we are in Placencia. We were impressed.

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Thank JonaCo
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

We had great drinks and a yummy dinner here in May. There was a local group of musicians and dancers performing which added to the fun of the evening. Very colorful place. Friendly staff!

Thank Fotorover
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Calvin's vision for a low key hangout where friends can chat for hours, listen to music, and enjoy his wicked cooking is Placencia-perfect. He is welcoming, funny, and MAN can he cook. We told him, "surprise us" and everything he whipped up could have been served in a high end restaurant. Favorites were his BBQ shrimp, and Thai donuts - he is a master in the kitchen and his 'yard' is the perfect place to enjoy it. Many good nights had here, we just couldn't stay away from this awesome atmosphere.

2  Thank christie-bell
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

If you want a lot of good BBQ for little money, come here. Calvin and a few of his guys hang out and he cooks anything you want. It's usually what he has been slow BBQ ing all day. Chicken, Shrimp and fish! It looks like a friendly back yard with a simple house and a BBQ where he works his magic. I highly advise people to go here!

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2  Thank Reannethecreator
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

We stumbled across Calvin and Espada’s Yard one afternoon while he was grilling chicken and the smell stopped us in our tracks. Even though we were not really hungry we had to try the BBQ – it was the best we tried in Belize!

We could hardly wait to go back for dinner the next night. For dinner he served us an amazing spread of stew, chili, pasta salad, grilled cabbage, fry jacks, nachos and BBQ chicken. It was all delicious and an extremely good value for the money. So much food!

The food is cooked and served with passion – Calvin is beyond friendly and helpful. If you bring him a fish, he will grill it for you.

The mini doughnuts are addictive!

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2  Thank arohof
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