Oildown + Water: The LargeUp Guide to Grenada

September 17, 2015


Oildown is the national dish of Grenada, and with good reason. Slices of breadfruit and dumplings steamed in coconut milk with assorted meats and seasonings make for a real yummy and filling treat. If you visit the countryside on a Sunday, you may just see a huge pot being cooked out in the open on a wooden fire.

Grenadians eat a lot of seafood. From conchs to fish to shellfish, you will find fish options everywhere you go. Our favorite seafood restaurant? BB’s Crabback. Owned by celebrity chef Brian Benjamin, who originally opened the restaurant in London and also has a background in French cuisine, this eatery is located on the Carenage in the capital city. BB’s reputation has won them various accolades, including two Critic’s Choice awards, and press in the Boston Globe, among other publications. But, even with all of the hype, BB’s is still reasonably priced. Make sure you try the signature appetizer, BB’s Crabback. Trust us.


In the heart of town, directly opposite the bus terminus, there is a street. Walk up, keeping left and you will immediately come to a small fruit stall. Tell them you are looking for “Iron”, and let them lead you to a small Rasta compound in the heart of town. Johnny, or “Iron” as he is more commonly known, prepares strictly vegan fare including bakes, breadfruit oildown, smoothies and desserts. Take a seat, tell him LargeUp sent you. Trust us, he will fix you nice.

Street Food

There isn’t much in the way of street food on the island and what exists leans heavily in the way of Arabic (gyros, etc). Head down on The Promenade for gyros, barbeque and a small chill out.

No trip to Grenada is complete without sampling some of its famous cocoa. The island is increasingly regarded as one of the world’s capitals for this delicacy, but if you’re expecting the sweet variety found in candy stores, think again. A visit to Belmont Estate, the “Caribbean’s finest agri-tourism experience” offers an opportunity to taste some of the best cocoa Grenada has to offer while learning about its production.