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“Excellent fried cookie dough!”
Review of Espada's Yard

Espada's Yard
Ranked #45 of 73 Restaurants in Placencia
Cuisines: Caribbean
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Calgary, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent fried cookie dough!”
Reviewed December 10, 2013

It's very hard to tell what is a restaurant in Belize, and what is just some persons house with a large window. This is a perfect example - A BBQ set up 10' from his front door, a little sign, and 6 beach chairs on his beach/yard. After walking by a few days in a row (and hearing his sales pitch) - I had to stop by. He had fried cookie dough for dessert, so I tried it. Excellent! Never forget - in Belize, the tiniest restaurants can be the best.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Jay K
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English first
Winnipeg, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“BBQ CHICKEN!”
Reviewed July 16, 2013

Delicious BBQ chicken in two different kinds of sauces (I believe just a standard BBQ and a Japanese sauce?). Cal mans the BBQ and also does shrimp and veggies/coleslaw. He also makes his own juice, or if you want to bring your own rum and coke (as we did), he has glasses and ice. Just chill out by the sidewalk in the sand in his hammocks or little tables and chairs, and he will bring you everything you need. Totally cool and totally unique.

  • Visited May 2013
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best BBQ in Belize”
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.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank JonaCo
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“A must while in Placencia”
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!

Visited May 2013
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Thank Fotorover
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Edmonton, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good Times, Amazing BBQ!”
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.

Visited May 2013
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2 Thank christie-bell
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