Local boy and Swiss-trained chef Fred Ulrich has returned to Pearl Lagoon after a long absence working in resorts all over the Americas and invested in his own hotel and restaurant right by the water. Everything on the menu is top-notch, but make sure to try the tender fillet steaks that arrive at your table on a sizzling platter or the delicate shrimp pasta.
Travel your way through the tapas menu, including an eye-ball popping crab bisque, bull's balls and clams in garlic sauce, or check out the grilled grouper or other well-conceived mains, before settling into an obligatory romp through the dessert menu at this chart-busting high-end restaurant.
By the time you read this, this fun cafe should be settled into its expansive new open-air locale behind the military base, which was nearing completion at the time of research. There you'll find a full menu of burgers, pasta, river shrimp and several vegetarian options. It's also a great place for breakfast. The food is delicious, and the coffee (US$0.50 to $2) wins the unofficial title of ‘best in region’.
Long considered the Corn Islands’ best restaurant, this Cuban-run kitchen serves up outstanding plates of fish, shrimp, roast pork and ropa vieja (a Cuban shredded-beef delicacy) in a swank dining patio. But the absolute star of the show is the lobster in jalapeño sauce – don't leave the island without trying it.
Doña Pilar’s been here for years, and this popular evening fritanga (sidewalk grill) is a neighborhood institution, both for her juicy, crispy barbecue chicken and the range of ever-so-slightly greasy tacos and enchiladas. A great introduction to typical Nicaraguan cuisine, with huge side servings of gallo pinto (rice and beans), chopped pickled cabbage and plantain chips. about 4 years ago