Experience a classic beach bar scene at Dennis Cocktail Bar & Restaurant (Ffryes Beach; 268-728-5086), where wooden decks overlook two of Antigua’s prettiest beaches. Order a few Wadadli beers (about $3 each) with the tender, spicy goat curry ($18), served over rice. Beforehand, you can rent a chair ($5 a day) from the restaurant and bum around on the sand until dinner.
Swing by the One Stone Ital Shack (Cobbs Cross; 268-785-6065) near English Harbour, on the south side of the island, and pick from the Rastafarian (mostly vegetarian) offerings, sometimes served in traditional clay pots. Try the fried pea or cassava balls ($1 each) with a house-made passion fruit and golden apple juice $2), and enjoy them under the mango tree in front.
Join the workday lunchtime crowd at Roti King (St. Mary’s Street and Corn Alley; 268-462-2328) in St. John’s, the island's capital, for Trinidadian fare. Try the namesake roti, an Indian-influenced bread, stuffed with curried conch, shrimp, spiced potatoes, and beef or chicken ($7), with a homemade spicy ginger beer (about $1.50) or sea moss (about $1.75), which is made with seaweed, milk, and nutmeg.