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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
First please note that this interesting watering hole is located in Hamilton Parish near the airport and not to be confused with the city of Hamilton, which is miles away.
This place was on my list of pubs to sample yet there was a dilemma. It was a $37 taxi ride one way without tip. So round trip would be over $80. Then I got a good idea. Since it's on the way to the airport and quite near the airport, I figured we could just take a cab to the restaurant on our final day on the way to the airport and just "deal" with our baggage at the Swizzle Inn while we enjoyed lunch. And it worked out great.
Our cab driver was a real charmer. We learned a lot about the island on the way to the Swizzle Inn. And he knew a lot about the U.S.
Our driver was kind enough to place our bags right outside the guard rail near our outside table and we went about enjoying a nice lunch.
I rarely can't even ponder a beer or a cocktail prior to 5 in the afternoon but even though it was noon when we got here, I had to try the pub's signature cocktail - the world famous Bermuda Swizzle. When I ordered a single our friendly waitress looked at me like I was crazy. She quipped: "Are you sure you don't want a pitcher? Most people go that route because they are kind of small." I stuck with a single and it was quite tasty and had a kick to it. It kind of tasted like a traditional rum punch but with a little more octane. This place has a saying: "Swizzle in and swagger out!" But they also emphasize responsible drinking and designated drivers, etc.
I started out with an order of conch fritters and they were nothing short of outstanding. The best--by far--on the island and some of the best I've ever had in Florida or the Caribbean for that matter. They came out red hot crispy on the outside and nice and yummy on the inside. And they had enough conch that you could really enjoy the conch flavor. They were served with an excellent tartar sauce.
My wife sampled some red bean and chorizo soup. It was very favorable and nice although there were hardly any beans in it.
I ordered fish and chips for lunch and they were the best I had on the island during the entire trip. Crispy on the outside, perfectly fried and nice French fries, too. My wife got something called the Bailey Bay Fish Sandwich and while really good, it was a bit odd. It was like a large grilled cheese sandwich with a nice slab of fresh fish.
We each had an ice tea and my wife finished with a lovely strawberry shortcake. We really enjoyed this causal, fun place. As you can see from the pictures below, this place was eclectic to say the least!
Remember that friendly cab driver I told you about at the beginning? Well we were dining outside clearly within view of the street that connected this part of Bermuda with the nearby airport and a short time after dropping us off, the same cabbie---returning with a fare from the airport---passed by the restaurant, paused, rolled down the window and honked and waived at us!
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience here and the next time we're in Bermuda we'll enjoy more fun times at the world famous Swizzle Inn.
Lunch with one swizzle came to $74 with tip, a tip that we added ourselves. This was the only restaurant we sampled in Bermuda that did not add on an automatic 15% tip.
They have a web site here although not all the fields fill in when I accessed it. Maybe your 'puter will do better!
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