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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Bum Around in Las Terrenas


2. Where to Eat

Restaurant row in Pueblo de los Pescadores.   

Las Terrenas’ considerable European expat community has injected international flavor into the local dining scene over the last two decades. The Pueblo de los Pescadores (Fishermen’s Village), a row of casitas that once housed fishermen, is now a cluster of charming restaurants and bars a stone’s throw from the water’s edge; most boast beachfront open-air decks. Here, try the Spanish-influenced seafood, including paella and garlic shrimp, at El Cayuco (809-240-6885); the fish-heavy French fare, like squid à la provençale, at romantic La Terrasse (809-240-6730); or the excellent thin-crust pizza at Pizza Playa (809-240-6399).

Another testament to the expat scene is French-owned bakery El Pan de Antes (Plaza Kanesh on Calle Carmen; 809-994-3282), near the center of town. Stop by for breakfast and choose from such goodies as fresh croissants, pain au chocolat, and ham-and-cheese quiche, chased down with Dominican coffee.

One of the Dominican dishes for which the Samaná Peninsula is known is seafood prepared con coco, in a flavorful sauce of tomato, garlic, and coconut milk. You’ll find it on some of the European menus, but the same fish will be much cheaper (say, $7 rather than $11) at more bare-bones local restaurants, like Comedor los Chichos (Calle Carmen, no phone).

Published on Nov 20, 2008 as a web exclusive.

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