Belize, with its fertile soil and abundant fisheries, is rapidly becoming a paradise for foodies. And one of the best places to eat in the country is Omar’s Creole Grub in Placencia Village in southeastern Belize.
Simple and unprepossessing from the outside, Omar’s Creole Grub was founded in 1993, making it one of the oldest restaurants in the area. Omar’s Creole Grub is a family-owned and run restaurant that serves traditional Creole Belizean food. Still helmed by the eponymous Omar, the restaurant specializes in seafood dishes prepared with fresh-caught fish, conch, and other delicacies brought in daily from local fishermen.
Some of the most iconic fare served at Omar’s Creole Grub include fish, lobster, shrimp, and conch slow-cooked in traditional Creole sauces like Caribbean curry, butter, hot pepper, and garlic. All of the dishes at the restaurant are available in both a mild and spicy hot version.
Diners can watch as the seafood is prepared and cooked onsite in an open-air kitchen by Omar’s team of experienced local cooks. Although the menu is limited, Omar’s Creole Grub is more than happy to cook traditional dishes upon request. Due to its commitment to authentic flavors and recipes, the grub is very popular with both locals and international visitors alike.
Omar’s Creole Grub is located on the “main street” in the heart of Placencia Village at the southern tip of the Placencia Peninsula in Stann Creek District. The restaurant is easy to spot with its green-framed rainbow sign out front and fish logo. Be aware that the restaurant does not serve alcohol and that the menu changes based on the seasonal availability of seafood.
Despite its growing popularity, Omar’s Creole Grub remains very affordable and down-to-earth. Entrees prices average between $12-20 BZD. Besides the seafood, Omar’s also serves up traditional Creole fare such as rice and beans, coleslaw, and stew(ed) chicken. Reservations are not usually necessary but can be made by calling (501) 624-7168.
Satisfied diners can also visit Omar’s guesthouse, popular for families traveling with children and budget travelers.
If you’d like to sample the food at Omar’s Creole Grub or some of the other fabulous restaurants, bistros, bars, and cafes in the Placencia area, be sure to rent your Golf Cart from Barefoot Rentals and Services. Barefoot Rentals and Services has a large fleet of cars, golf carts, scooters, and dirt bikes that are perfect for exploring Placencia and southern Belize.