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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

BONNIE'S RESTAURANT
PROVIDENCIALES, TURKS & CAICOS

Bonnie's is a very casual little place that's short on atmosphere but great on one of our favorite foods - cracked conch.  It's located on the most populated island in the Turks & Caicos, Providenciales or Provo for short.

Conch (pronounced konk) is a large mollusk or sea snail that is common in the Caribbean and tropical Atlantic.  Technically the Turks & Caicos are not located in the Caribbean.  They're found in the tropical Atlantic mid-way between Miami and San Juan.  There are many variety of conchs around the world including the fighting conch found everywhere in Florida.  The one that is highly prized for its tasty meat is the queen conch.

If you like clams then you'll probably enjoy the flavor of conch.  Admittedly, it is a bit on the chewy side even after it's pounded out.  But the flavor is so sweet and delicate it's just wonderful.  And, conch is said to be an aphrodisiac!

If you've ever been to Florida, the Bahamas or any Caribbean island, you've seen conch shells for sale in tourist shops.  They're the big shells with the pink inside.  The meat that comes out of them is pounded to tenderize it and then they are breaded and sautéed in a little butter and served with tartar sauce.  That's called cracked conch.  They are also stewed, steamed, and turned into chowders and fritters.  Bonnie's has some of the best cracked conch around.


Queen Conch - Pretty & Tasty!

Come to Bonnie's for the real deal -- true Turks & Caicos fresh seafood.  And even if you haven't tried conch, order it here and I suspect you'll become a fan.  I first encountered it in the Florida Keys in the early 60s and carefully took my first bite!  I was instantly hooked.  You can no longer harvest the conch from Florida waters because it's so good that it was nearly depleted at one point.

While I was in conch heaven, some other family members opted to dine on fresh snapper and grouper and it was all just great.

Don't expect quick service here or a posh decor.  But do expect some very fresh and affordable seafood.

Bonnie's has a small web site and you can check it out here.

ADDITIONAL TURKS & CAICOS RESTAURANT REVIEWS:

Dora's - Provo
Hong Kong - Provo


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