Saturday, February 7, 2015

Weekend Cooking- The Lone Star in Barbados

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Every January, my husband, his brother and sister-in-law and I visit Barbados. The weather is always perfect, 80 degrees, sunny with a nice breeze. We rent a villa, spend days sitting by the pool and at night we have dinner at the many fabulous restaurants we have found there.

We started vacation with lunch at L'Azure at the Crane Resort. We had our first rum punch of the trip and each of us ordered the Oistins Burger, a mahi mahi burger that began the trip with a bang and beautiful scenery.
The view from L'Azure

Our dinner at the Tides is always a delight, with wonderful service and our favorite cocktail of the entire trip (and there were many), the Sea Monkey.
Three Sea Monkeys and a Corona from the Tides

Cin Cin is a newer restaurant, one we tried for the first time last year and returned to this year. The decor is modern, and we sat right on the water. Their starter special that night was a Warm Shrimp Salad with a creamy parmesan dressing that was amazing.

We tried a new restaurant this time, The Lone Star. It was purchased a few years and renovated, as it used be on the site of an old garage. The ambience was very inviting and sleek, and we were seated right away.

I had the Southern Belle cocktail, which had Grey Goose vodka, grapefruit juice, honey, mint and grapefruit bitters. I was a little hesitant, but the flavors blended together beautifully, and it went down very smooth.
My Southern Belle, front right

For our starter, I had a Warm Caramelized Onion, Tomato and Chevre Tartlet that was fantastic. And I don't like tomato. As an entree, three of us ordered the Maine Lobster and Prawn Risotto. It was heavenly, easily the best food I had the entire trip. We ended with the Banana Donuts with Coconut Ice Cream, Rum Sauce and Chopped Pistachios.
Warm Onion Tartlet
Lobster & Prawn Risotto

Banana Donuts
The views from our villa

This dinner was our favorite, from start to finish, and we can't wait to return next year to eat there again. The only minus was that the service was a bit slow, and we felt bad for the servers whose uniform consisted of white overalls, like you'd see in a garage. We get that they were trying to pay homage to the former garage, but it is a higher-end restaurant, and the uniforms detracted from that ambience.

The vacation was a hit once again, and we highly recommend Barbados as a vacation destination for people who enjoy dinners out. There are so many great restaurants, and we were so excited to find The Lone Star.


  1. Wow those views are fantastic! And the food, well, ... I love risotto, the cocktails look refreshing, and oh those doughnuts!!

    I can imagine those overalls are pretty hot for the climate. Poor servers.

  2. Everything's so pretty. I shouldn't have read this post before breakfast as now I want onion tartlets and banana donuts! Sounds like a lovely vacation and marvelous food!

  3. What a fantastic getaway retreat!! Barbados hasn't been on my radar but I think I need to rethink that. And those sea monkey cocktails look absolutely delicious. Glad you had a great and relaxing trip.

  4. I love the look of the Sea Monkey cocktail! Barbados is definitely on my list!

  5. Wow! Beautiful photos! Love the cocktails and the food sounds fantastic!

  6. What a fabulous trip to look forward to every year!!

  7. Great review of that getaway place. Sounded a bit like Hawaii in some ways. I need to try some of those fancy drinks, as well as that combination of pigeon peas and rice. Was it spicy?