The Ultimate Turks & Caicos Foodie Bucket List - 14 Things You Need To Try

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There are many reasons why people come to visit the Turks & Caicos Islands and food is definitely among them.

Combining traditional recipes with Caribbean influences and world cuisine, there's something for everyone - if you know where to look.

Cover photo credit to Brilliant Studios, as always thanks guys!

Here is our ultimate bucket list of dishes to try in the TCI...

Pea Soup - Fresh Catch

Ask for a recommendation and chances are that you'll end up here. The menu is full of incredible seafood dishes but if you want a true taste of the TCI, try the famous pea soup.

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Drunken Chicken - Crackpot Kitchen

If you like jerk chicken, then you'll love this cult dish from the Grace Bay restaurant.

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Pepper Crusted Rare Local Tuna - Coco Bistro

When done right, there's nothing better than fresh tuna and these guys really know how to do it. Or some lobster, of course.

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Cracked Conch - Da Conch Shack

When in Da Conch Shack, you gotta go for the conch and this menu offers it in every way imaginable. Wash it all down with a Turks Head - perfect!

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Octopus With Chickpea Purée - Caicos Café

This appetiser is a major hit with anyone with visits Caicos Café and we can see why. It has to be tasted to be believed. Same goes for the scallops.

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Fish Kerala Masala - Garam Masala

This marinated fish dish combines fresh seafood with a spiced coconut milk sauce. Delish.

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Chicken & Fries - Sweet T's

It's not the most glamorous spot in the TCI but boy, do they serve good chicken. Affordable and tasty.

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Beef Tenderloin - Seven Stars

If you're looking for a treat, then you can't go wrong with this gloriously indulgent dish. The 24hr roasted Chateaubriand is another stand-out dish.

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Lamb GYRO - Turk's Kabab

Dubbed the "Best kept secret" place to eat on Provo when it first opened, this classic dish has taken it to the top spot on Trip Advisor and it's easy to see why. Safe to say the secret is out.

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Escargots - Mango Reef

Ok, so snails might not be at the top of you "Caribbean cuisine" list, but these bad boys come two ways: garlic butter and cream sauce, both are equally incredible with a bit of crusty bread. As yes, you get a dozen as an appetizer! 

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Jerk Chicken - Chinson's Grill Shack

It's the best on island, nuff said. They even do a mixed platter with ribs if you really want to push the boat out.

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The Kraken Burger - Las Brisas

Not for the faint of heart, this massive burger comes sandwiched between grilled cheese sandwiches, includes an overwhelming amount of beef and of course comes topped of with an egg.

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Oxtail Stew - Hole In The Wall

A local favourite for lunch, this classic Caribbean dish is rich, meaty and guaranteed to set a good foundation for an impending night out. Don't be shy to use your hands, it can get a bit messy but it's worth every napkin.

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Conch Salad - Thursday Night Fish Fry

It's the unofficial national dish of the Turks & Caicos and no trip is complete without a fork full of local "civiche". Fish Fry has some of the best local food on offer, so worth a try when you're out for the weekly party.

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Drew Scrymgeour

Outside of writing for Lovin TCI, you'll find Drew walking his dogs, driving a Jeep and probably using his phone a little too much.

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