Grab lunch at no-frills Shanta’s Puri Shop (225 New Market St.; no phone), for tasty, cheap Indo-Caribbean fare like dal and rice with Bhunjal mutton ($6) and pumpkin-stuffed roti ($2.50). The simple eatery has served Georgetown’s East Indian community, which makes up more than 40 percent of the population, since 1955.
Head to Creole hotspot the Dutch Bottle Café for the wonderfully rich pepper pot ($15), an Amerindian beef stew made with cassareep, a spice-infused cassava-root cooking base. Set in a restored colonial house decorated with paintings by local artists, this is Georgetown’s preeminent foodie spot, catering to a crowd of expats and tourists.
Stop into German’s (8 New Market St.; 592-227-0079) for the legendary cow-heel soup. Locals eat the ($5) spicy mix of cassava, plantain, eddoes, and yam in a sauce of tripe, beef, and chicken as a hangover remedy. Recent renovations added track lighting and an LCD TV, but the Creole plates like cook-up rice ($3), made with coconut milk, are still classics.