Saturday, February 16, 2013

Potter's Cay

Despite the name, Potter's Cay (pronounced "key") isn't a "cay" at all, but a commercial fishing dock and bustling fish market tucked away under Paradise Bridge.  It could be easy to miss if you're not looking for it, but if you find yourself in Nassau it's definitely worth a visit if you have a hankering for some true-blue Bahamian food.

Upon approach it looks more like a shanty town than a place to grab some grub.  It's composed of a long row of small derelict shacks packed tightly together under the shade of the bridge.  Each stall is painted with it's own character, stools and benches welcome passerby's, and you are highly likely to pass a fervent game or two of dominos.  Despite the differences from place to place, one thing remains the same:  they are all touting fresh Bahamian staples: conch fritters, cracked conch, fried snapper, conch salad...and of course, all vendors are happy to serve you a cold Kalik to wash it all down with.

Scott, Isla and I walked over and had some conch salad and fried snapper for lunch yesterday.  Conch salad is my personal favorite, and is very similar to ceviche with diced peppers, onions, and fresh conch all marinating in lime juice.  Serious goodness.  As soon as we snag up a conch I'm going to whip up a batch of this myself.  The snapper was excellent as well; cooked whole, skin, eyeballs and everything.  Luckily we've spent enough time in the Caribbean now that the whole "Oh my God this fish is looking at me" thing doesn't even phase us anymore.  Serve it up! Delish.


Carol Florida U.S.A. said...

What a beautiful collection of colorful photographs, Brittany . . . certainly giving us the "flavor" of Potters Cay! thought you were probably there when I checked Asante on the Vessel Tracker two days ago, and it showed you near there!! Of course, I love the last photo the very best!! It's funny, after going through all the pictures I was going to write you and tell you that I was glad you DIDN'T include one of the snapper, eyeballs and all, but when I scanned back through them . . . there it was!! eyeball, mouth, and all! I had to laugh at myself because I hadn't noticed those during my first look . . . just noticed how beautiful each photo was!! I'm glad it tastes great, because it would have to for me to be able to even think of eating it!! Bon Appetite! Carol Florida U.S.A.

Sarah S/V Mirador said...

When we were in Nassau a few weeks ago, we also enjoyed great conch salad there! And of course, the coffee-and internet combo at Starbucks is a cruisers staple there. Have you discovered the Fresh Market? It's a great place to top off your fresh produce, and in the same shopping center as Starbucks.

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