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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
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THE CRACKED CONCH
GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS

When we first dined at this little gem it was located in a small storefront type setting.  Since then the restaurant has moved to much nicer digs up the island right next door to the Turtle Farm.

The Cracked Conch is all about, well, cracked conch!  Pronounced "konk," the queen conch is a giant mollusk found in many tropical waters.  It's the big pink shell sold at the many tourist shops in Florida and throughout the Caribbean.  Cracked conch gets its name because the shell is cracked at one point and the conch meat is extracted.  It is then pounded (to tenderize it), breaded and fried lightly.  Deee-licious!  The best way to describe the flavor would be to compare it to a clam only sweeter.  Admittedly even with a good pounding, conch is a bit on the tough side.

Shortly after arriving on the island, my first meal always starts out the same way at the Cracked Conch.  First comes the conch chowder, creamy or New England style.  Next I move onto an order of conch fritters.  Then it's time to attack the cracked conch.

They have other things on the menu, of course, like steaks and even turtle steak.  Since they actually raise sea turtles at the farm right next to the restaurant many would justify their consumption.  Personally I shy away from eating turtle steak.  Before or after your meal at the Cracked Conch, you should definitely check out the turtle farm next door.  In addition to slaughtering some of them for food, many are released into the sea.

Atmosphere is casual so bring the kids.  Every cab driver on the island will know exactly where to take you!

If you'd like to learn more about the queen conch, click here.

Check out the full menu at the Cracked Conch by visiting their web site here.

OTHER GRAND CAYMAN RESTAURANT REVIEWS:

Almond Tree
Lobster Pot
Lonestar Bar & Grill


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