One of my favorite questions to ask locals when I’m in Anguilla is “Where’s your favorite place to eat?”. It’s easy to find out about all of the bigger, well-known restaurants on the island since you’ll find reviews and people talking about them all over the web, but sometimes in order to find the smaller, less touristy places, you just have to ask around. And if locals love them, they have to be good, right?
One such place that has been recommended many times over the years is a small spot in Blowing Point called Cocono’s Restaurant, but for some reason I never made it there before my last trip. Maybe it’s because it’s located on the road to/from the ferry terminal (Blowing Point Road) and heading in that direction usually makes me feel like I’m leaving the island, and I haaaaaaate that feeling.
This time, though, I managed to overcome my minor (who am I kidding? major!) leaving-Anguilla-psychosis and stopped in to Cocono’s for a late lunch. It’s a small, unassuming peach-ish colored building on the eastern side of the road, or on the right if you’re heading away from the ferry terminal.
Inside, there are maybe five or six booths and a walk-up counter where you place and pick up your order. Cocono’s Chef Dianne tells me that their menu does change from time to time, depending on what’s available but most of it is constant. On the day that I swung by, they were offering Stew Chicken, Baked Chicken, Ribs, Snapper, King Fish, and Hamburgers & Cheeseburgers with or without fries – and not one single item on their menu was priced over US$10! Incredible! I ordered the Stew Chicken and this is what I got:
Can you believe how large a portion of food you get here for under US$10?! The chicken was served with steamed veggies, coleslaw, a small lettuce & tomato salad, and rice & peas or fries. (I ordered half-orders of the rice & peas and fries above). I know you can practically see it from the picture above, but the chicken was so tender and moist that it was falling off the bones…and it was DELICIOUS. I know it sounds a tad cliche to say it (but it’s the truth, so I’ll say it anyway) but that delectable and amazingly flavorful chicken pretty much just melted in my mouth. I’m not joking. You MUST go try this food!
I ate as much of my meal as I possibly could until I was stuffed, but there was so much food that I had to take some home, and those leftovers definitely made for another fantastic meal later in the day. I’m disappointed that I didn’t leave enough room to try their dessert offerings because their sign says they’re also an ice cream parlor. I’ll have to go back next time for that!
While I was sitting and eating, I noticed that Cocono’s is quite a popular to-go/take-away restaurant as there was a steady stream of people coming to pick up food. Any place that has that kind of flow of customers has to serve great food, right?And it’s affordable too! Can’t beat that!
Chef Dianne and Leana (pictured below) were so friendly and sweet. Della, who is usually at the front counter, was a bit camera-shy but was also wonderfully kind. They invited me back because they said I had to try one of their popular burgers but, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get back before I left the island just over a day later. You can be sure, though, that Cocono’s will definitely be one of my first stops on my next trip and that while the memory of that tasty chicken is still on my mind, I’m already dreaming about that burger too!
I really hope you’ll stop in and sample some of the delicious food that Cocono’s Restaurant has to offer because between the mouthwatering food and the kind, hardworking people there, you really can’t go wrong. If you do decide to give it a try, please give them a call at 264-497-6434 to check their hours as they may vary depending on the season. Enjoy!