This indigenous, spiral-shelled sea snail is a staple of Bahamian cuisine. Locals use conch meat in just about everything, from fritters to salads to soups. Here are some of the best places in the capital to try it.
Fish by José Andrés
Celebrity chef José Andrés opened this restaurant at the Cove at Atlantis resort in 2018. Andrés takes a fine-dining approach to Bahamian cuisine, with an emphasis on sustainability (he has been known to go spearfishing for invasive lionfish). Among the specialties at this spacious, lavishly decorated restaurant is a traditional scorched conch, as well as conch fritters made in the style of Spanish croquetas.
1 Casino Dr., Nassau, Bahamas; fishbyjoseandres.com
Dino’s Gourmet Conch Salad
This roadside shack, on the northwest coast of New Providence Island, is renowned for its super-fresh produce, along with its friendly service and idyllic location. For an Instagrammable option, try the house specialty, tropical conch salad, which includes hunks of pineapple and mango. Be prepared for a wait — there's usually a line — but the ocean views and chatty locals will help pass the time.
W. Bay St., Nassau, Bahamas; facebook.com/dinosgourmetconchsalad
Goldie's Conch House
The Arawak Cay Fish Fry — a row of painted seaside food stands, restaurants and bars — is a signature Nassau experience, and Goldie's Conch House is one of the more colorful and tasty sit-down options. Take in water views from a seat on the distressed-wood deck while you dig into a platter of deep-fried cracked conch, washed down with a creamy rum-and-coconut Sky Juice.
Arawak Cay, Nassau, Bahamas; facebook.com/goldiesconch
Danny and Buddy McCardy (yes, they are twins) own five restaurant-bars around the city, including one at the Arawak Cay Fish Fry and one at Potter's Cay Dock. Their claim to fame is fresh fruit daiquiris, but their menu also boasts some of the best conch fritters in the Bahamas, as well as conch chowder, salad, sandwiches and a cracked conch entrée.
Arawak Cay, Nassau, Bahamas; twinbrothersbahamas.com
This sit-down restaurant in the Old Fort Bay Town Centre styles itself a Bahamian bistro, and its comfortable interior features brick walls and bright paintings. The house speciality is conch chowder, which Johnny's claims is best on the island, but hungrier diners are advised to go for the conch burger.
Windsor Field Road, Nassau, Bahamas; naughtyjohnnysbahamas.com
Royal Blue Tavern
Need your conch fix bright and early? Chef Kevin Pratt has got your back at the airy, slightly retro clubhouse of the Baha Mar resort's Royal Blue golf course. Take a seat and tuck into his signature conch and waffles, served with pineapple syrup, chipotle mayo and sweet potato purée.
West Bay St., Nassau, Bahamas; bahamar.com