While Conch is the aforementioned order of the day, there's no shortage of other seafood treats. Lobster season kicks off August 1st and runs until the end of March, making for some excellent eats during the winter months. For more local fare, Arawak Cay’s collection of seafood shacks is the way to go. And adventurous male eaters may want to try a pistil, the conch’s reproductive organ. Long, uncolored, and tasteless, when swallowed whole it purportedly works like Viagra -- no adjacent double soaking tubs required.
As for choice eating on the Out Islands, the Wrecking Tree on Green Turtle Cay serves up a nice mix of local Bahamian faves and typical bar food with a side of uniquely Abaconian history. On Great Exuma, family-friendly Exuma Point Bar & Grill offers an authentic West Indian buffet on weekends and some of the strongest Bahama Mama's around, while the seafood and breezy outdoor ambiance of Tippy's in Eleuthera is tough to beat.
Traveler's tip #1: Buying fresh seafood is often less taxing than reeling it in yourself. In Bimini, you can get lobster from a local fisherman for as little as $2.50 each!
Traveler's tip #2: BYOB if you’re going to Spanish Wells. This tight-knit, historically isolated community is dry, as in no booze for sale here, ever -- not just on Sundays before noon. They don’t care if you bring your own, though.