Every Friday and Saturday night the village of Oistins in Christ Church, Barbados serves up a mean party. Both tourists (who tend to come early) & locals (who only show up after 9pm) flock there for the open air fish fry. Booths set up & grill right out in the open, the flavors of grilled fish & rum fill the air. Grilled & fried fish, macaroni pie, potatoes, coleslaw, fish cakes & salad, served up hot & fresh.
My first experience at Oistins just blew me away: hundreds of people, of all nationalities, munching on quality street food, at an unbelievably low prices. The place had a carnival atmosphere, as people clinked Banks bottles & danced to the live band that was playing. It’s so rare, when traveling, that you stumble upon an activity that is appealing to both tourists & locals – Oistins is one of those. On the recommendation of some locals, we dined at Pat’s Place, a no frills place where grilled mahi-mahi & swordfish (that night at least) was served by a no nonsense waitress to our picnic table. My plate, heaped with grilled mahi-mahi, potatoes, & salad, along with a Banks beer, cost less than $20 BDS.If you’re planning a trip to Barbados, make sure you carve out time on a Friday or Saturday night. Oistins fish fry is world famous for a good reason!