The main ingredient in Bahamian conch salad, the conch, is a true gem of the ocean. Its raw, white meat comes from the majestic-looking, spiral-shelled Queen Conch (pronounced “konk”). Similar to calamari, conch meat is white and firm with a slightly chewy texture. It can be eaten deep-fried, steamed, or served raw. Undoubtedly, a freshly prepared bowl of conch salad is the best way to immerse your palate into the local Bahamian culture.
To find the best conch stands during your stay at Resorts World Bimini, rent a golf cart and stop by two establishments: Stuart’s Conch Stand and Joe’s Conch Shack. These open-air, rickety shacks located right off the soft sands are as local as you can get. Both of them serve the freshest conch and lobster, taken that same day from the turquoise Caribbean waters. It’s up to you to try both and decide for yourself who has the best conch salad in Bimini.
Stuart’s Conch Stand
Stuart’s Conch Stand, located in Bailey Town near Porgy Bay Park, has been serving some of the freshest conch and lobster in the Bahamas for over 30 years. The amount of empty shells piled behind the stand further supports the owner’s claim of offering the best conch salad in Bimini. Stuart’s serves a traditional Bahamian-style conch and lobster salad, mixed with onion, fresh tomato, bell pepper, lime, and Caribbean seasoning. After you place your order, you can sip on their yummy Knock Out Rum Punch and watch as your salad is prepared right before your very eyes.
Joe’s Conch Shack
At Joe’s Conch Shack on Main Street in Bailey Town, you can get grilled fish and lobster, but as the name implies, you’re there for the conch. Both locals and visitors swear Joe’s salad has more conch and is the most tender. The shack owner dives for conch early in the week and keeps them alive in cages right behind his shack. You can grab one from the impressive mountain of shells nearby and take it home as a souvenir. And if you’re feeling daring, you should try Joe’s house made hot sauce with your conch salad. Made with locally grown goat peppers, it’s sizzling hot, so be sure to have an icy Kalik nearby to cool down the palate.