Best restaurants in Montego Bay & Northwest Coast

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    Houseboat Grill

    Moored in Bogue Lagoon at Montego Bay Freeport, this converted houseboat is still among the best restaurants in the city. The changing menu offers eclectic Caribbean fusion cuisine: mussels in a fiery red curry, Moroccan-style lamb kofta or Cajun-style shrimp. You can dine inside or reclusively out on the moondeck. Reservations strongly recommended.

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    Pork Pit

    At this glorified food shack on the Hip Strip, your meal is cooked over a traditional jerk pit fashioned from pimento wood sticks laid over smoking hot coals. The delicious aroma wafting down Gloucester Ave provides a perfect advert for the Pork Pit’s obligatory jerk pork (and chicken). Eat it under the 300-year-old cotton tree out back.

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    Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records

    Usain Bolt is not a subtle man. A vast statue of him stands sentinel by the entrance, striking his famous pose, while TV screens inside replay his sporting victories. That said, the food is terrific – from the pepper shrimp and janga soup to the jerk platters, delicate seafood curries and killer milkshakes. Bolt wins gold, again.

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    Millennium Victory

    Cheap and cheerful I-tal food shack, decorated in Rasta colors and serving creative dishes such as escoveich tofu (tofu in a spicy, vinegary sauce), ackee stew and gungo pea stew. Great fruit juices, too.

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    Pelican Grill

    Both upper-crust Jamaicans and tourists are beckoned by Pelican Grill's air-con chill and superlative goat curry and oxtail, consumed while sitting on leather banquettes. Opened the same year Jamaica gained independence (1962) and staffed by the same chef since the early 1980s, this seminal Hip Strip restaurant has fully earned its right to be called a MoBay institution.

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    MVP Smokehouse

    It's well worth seeking out this casual spot on the southern approach to MoBay for a bit of local color, with neighbors playing dominoes in the corner as you tuck into some oxtail and beans, curry goat, or some smoky, fiery pork and jerk sausage, served with an entourage of classic accompaniments. Portions big enough to get you through a siege.

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    Dragon Court

    This is the best fine-dining Chinese cuisine in MoBay, located in the modern Fairview Shopping Centre. The menu is replete with mostly Cantonese standards, with a few standouts including the tempting crispy duckling with plum sauce, and ‘reggae fish’ with pimentos and other Jamaican spices.

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    Pier One

    Best known as a nightclub, Pier One also has a restaurant with ringside sunset seating – which is as much of a draw as the very good Jamaican standards the place serves, as well as burgers and seafood. Usain Bolt sometimes 'bolts' in. Service can be disorganized.

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    Evelyn’s On The Beach

    Fantastic choice: a true local’s spot, this rustic seafood shack (near Sandals Montego Bay) is also patronized by some very in-the-know tourists. Come here for the likes of brown stew fish with rice, and even filled rotis.

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    Marguerite’s

    This restaurant provides a lovely setting from which to watch the sunset while drinking cocktails, followed by dinner on the elegant clifftop patio. That's the good news. The dining part of the experience fades into the background, as the nouvelle Jamaican dishes, seafood and steaks are cooked and presented with a pronounced lack of enthusiasm and flair.

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    Toby’s Good Eats

    As casual eats go, Toby’s is a good choice, especially if you’re staying on Sunset Dr and don’t feel like venturing onto the actual Hip Strip. The menu features red snapper prepared the local way (steamed in foil with Jamaican veggies and spices), vegetable dishes and pasta. Stick around for some stick (ie pool) after dinner.

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    Nyam ’n’ Jam

    On the cusp of the craft market, you can retreat to check out this truly authentic Jamaican dining experience. Settle down for snapper with a spicy sauce; jerk or brown stew chicken; curried goat; or oxtail with rice and peas.

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    Juici Patties

    Popular chain and Jamaican institution serving chicken, beef, ackee and lobster patties, as well as red pea and chicken soup and three types of porridge.

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    CC's Cupcakes & Coffee

    Dive in off the hot Hip Strip for gulps of refreshing air-conditioned air, passable lattes and sweet cupcakes. There's also wi-fi and some savory snacks.

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    Devon House I-Scream

    For some of the island's best ice cream, come to this little kiosk inside the shopping center. We particularly like the grape-nut flavor.

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    Tastee Patty

    One of two popular patty chains, Tastee sells inexpensive patties with numerous fillings (chicken, beef, saltfish...).