Hopkins Village Restaurants*:
*Most restaurants close at 9pm and even if the restaurant stays open later, the kitchen closes by 9pm if not sooner. The exception to this, is the Chinese Restaurants.
*Plan ahead. Go out to eat before you are starving. Few restaurants have appetizers and almost all the food is prepared to order—that means it takes a while to go out to eat in Hopkins.
*Restaurant prices (and everything) is in Belizean dollars (because you are in Belize.) If it’s in U.S. they will put “U.S.” beside it. Don’t ask if it’s in Belize or U.S. prices because you are suggesting that you are willing to pay twice as much, and they may just be tempted to let you.
*Some resorts tend to price things in U.S. dollars, but it says “U.S.” For example: stew chicken-$12U.S. (which is $24BZ and very expensive for stew chicken.) Expect higher prices at hotel restaurants.
South of Hopkins Inn:
Castillo Restaurant (the green building across from Fi Wi Market and beside Hopkins Pharmacy) Open seven days a week for all meals. Sometimes has live music on Wednesdays. This is where locals have daily domino tournaments and discuss politics and other lively debates.
Great Belizean food, such as stew chicken, beef, fry fish and ranges from $4US/$8BZ to $8BZ/$15BZ. They also have great “fast food” such as panades, ganaches, sambutes, and burritos that make for nice “to go” snacks. These items are usually three for $1BZ and you order them by how many dollars’ worth you would like.
Meet-U– At the Fi Wi Mart. The only Chinese Restaurant one should visit if getting Chinese food in Hopkins. Open daily for lunch and late-night supper.
Virge Kitchen-Open for lunch and supper daily. Virge is Tina’s sister (of Tina’s Kitchen.) All the women in the family have restaurants in Belize, with two in Hopkins. Some of the best fry fish and conch soup in the village for $12-$15BZ. Also, there stew chicken, beef, and pork are good too. Occasionally have hudut for $12BZ and other cultural dishes.
Tugusini Garifuna (or Raquel’s place). Open Monday to Saturday for breakfast and lunch only. Serves no alcohol. Johnny cakes with cheese and beans for breakfast. Serves one lunch item daily (such as hudut, darassa, pigtail, and other traditional Garifuna foods) and ranges from $10BZ-$15BZ. Has fresh baked breads in late afternoon/early evening like creole bread, bun, Johnny cakes. Breads are $1BZ each.
Maxim’s Grill– On the beach. Still new and do not know hours. Serving all meals. Food has been good, although a little pricey. Some of our friend’s favorites are the pineapple chicken and shrimp. $15BZ-$35BZ.
Innie’s-Closed on Sundays and Tuesdays. Open for all meals. Drumming on Monday’s. One of the original three restaurants in Hopkins that started shortly after electricity arrived in Hopkins. Only restaurant that serves all the Garifuna culture dishes daily priced around $25BZ. Favorite dish is their “fish tea” a fish with veggie broth. Other dishes are stew chicken and shrimp scampi $25-$30BZ. Nice breakfast burrito at $8BZ.
North of Hopkins Inn:
Sher’s Diner-Closed Thursday and Sunday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Usually drumming on Wednesday’s. Closed August 20th to October 25th.
Best fish burger in the village and priced at $7BZ but instead of fries order the rice and beans. (Their fries are frozen and not home-made like most other restaurants in Hopkins.) Breakfast burrito is delicious and is $8BZ and comes with a side of fruit.
Windschief-On the beach, three doors down from Hopkins Inn. Closed Thursday and Sunday. Opens at 1pm until late (for Hopkins.) Closed July to mid-September.
Best fish and chips in the village (“Chips” are the English version of French fries.), a large portion at $18BZ. Can ask for half-orders as well. They also have a filet fish they call margarita fish because it is finished with a tequila and lime, served with veggie rice and a salad. They have hamburgers for $10BZ. Home-made nacho for $13BZ. Most reasonably priced drinks in village too. Their rum punch is popular.
Peer’s Place-Closed Thursday & Friday. Supper only. Opens at 4pm. On Saturday and Sunday open for breakfast from 7:30am to 11am. “Most romantic” restaurant in village. Fish specials. Shrimp and pasta. Nice chicken and shrimp Caribbean curry. Appetizers and desserts, such as rum balls and chocolate chili cake. Vegetarian options. When lobster is in season have big tails, beautiful presentation, and well-priced. Prices range from $15BZ-$30BZ.
Melting Pot Café-Closed on Sundays. Open for breakfast, lunch, and supper. Does not serve alcohol. Refreshing fresh juices. Closes from 2pm to 4pm and opens back up for evening. Chicken burrito for $3BZ. One of the few places that serves breakfast burritos all day at $6BZ. Nice fry fish, stew chicken.
Siomara’s Restaurant-Closed Sunday. Open daily for breakfast and lunch. Sporadic supper hours. Does not serve alcohol. Best breakfast in Hopkins—fry jacks, eggs, and beans or a huge $10BZ breakfast burrito with lots of veggies and enough for two meals. Best fresh juices too. They have a variety of menu items and surprisingly all are delicious—quesadillas, Caribbean curry chicken, stew chicken, fajitas, and more. More expensive but worth it if you want some veggies in your meals and large portions. $10BZ-$20BZ.
Jalapeno’s- Closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Opens at noon on Sunday. Breakfast, lunch, and supper. Only restaurant that serves crepes but must get before 3pm. Surprisingly filling and well -priced. “Taco Tuesday’s” they feature $2BZ tacos. Also have ribs and brisket. We like the Five Acacia Salad.
Thong’s Café. Open daily for breakfast and lunch consistently from 7am to 3pm. Best coffee and “fancy coffees” in the village in fun and relaxing environment. Mexican breakfast is amazing. Eggplant parmesan is a favorite. Great salads and wraps. Pricier than many of the village restaurants with omelets being $17BZ and other entrees up to $25BZ. Cappuccinos and such $6BZ—but well worth the price tag.
Coconut Husk – At Coconut Row resort, on the beach. Open daily for all meals. Friendly staff. Many items, all delicious, but resort prices. Tourist tip—ask for the snack menu as it is better value and great food items. We think it’s some of the best fish tacos in the village and their cilantro sauce is outstanding.
Smokey Grill-Open daily for all meals. Wide menu and price ranges. Serves fish and shrimp with many different sauces including a pineapple and an alfredo.
Edd’s Food Truck-Typically located at Maude Park, the intersection when coming into the village by the stop signs. Opens 6:30am (so you can grab something before the 7am bus) to early evening. Breakfast and lunch. Sausage starts at $3BZ and is well worth it. Chicken sandwich is really good ($8BZ) and breakfast panins ($5BZ) served all day. Other items are hotdogs and hamburgers. You may ask them about their home-made breads, goulash, and other items as they do catering. (So, if you are staying at a private home, they can deliver or come in and prepare breakfast or other meals for you and your family.)
Gecko’s-Closed Tuesday, Sunday, and Saturday. In high season only closed Tuesday and Sunday. Best seafood burger and fries in the village. Also have jerk chicken, a huge pork chop, flat breads, and unique sides. Two of our favorites are the green banana salad and sauteed veggies. (Green banana salad is the national dish of St. Lucia and is made with green bananas but has a similar taste to potato salad but with dill and such.) Great place for vegetarians as they offer many off-menu items, just ask.
Tina’s Kitchen– Closed Monday’s. Serves all meals, including breakfast all day. Drumming on most Friday’s. Delicious omelet at $8BZ. Serves a “Belizean breakfast” of fry fish, fry jacks, and beans for $15BZ. Nice lobster served in a Creole sauce for $25BZ and will also do shrimp in creole sauce when lobster not in season. Serves traditional Garifuna dishes daily, stew chicken, etc. Some say, “you haven’t been to Hopkins if you have not been to Tina’s!”
Driftwood Pizza Shack-On the beach. Closed on Wednesdays. Opens at 11am to late night. Tuesday late-night jam session. Music on weekends during day at times. Have a Saturday bloody Mary bar. Of course, the pizza is amazing. Best tacos, conch fritters, or whatever special is on the board too. Our favorite is the “bacon and blue” pizza and the conch fritters. Prices range from $15BZ-$40BZ.
Shadel’s Magic Pastries. Sporadic hours. Typically open on Tuesdays in conjunction with Driftwood’s jam session. Cinnamon rolls, breads, and more. Our favorite? The lemon tart at $2BZ.
Queen Bean-On the beach. Closed Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm drumming and music. Thursdays have late-night live music starting around 9pm. Serves breakfast all day. Best stuffed fry jacks in village at $10BZ. (They can be stuffed with omelet, lobster, pizza, veggies.) Fry chicken and pancakes is a favorite. Also has stew chicken, fish, and burritos. Most dishes priced around $10BZ.
Nice Cream-Closed Monday and Tuesday. Open at 11am to 9pm. Closed August to November. Artisan ice cream. The ice cream sandwich is our favorite. Prices range from $2BZ for a sample up to $5BZ.
La Runi Hati-(or Marv’a place) On the beach. Closed on Monday’s. Open for lunch and dinner. One of the original three restaurants of Hopkins that started just after electricity in 1994. The only restaurant that serves fried cassava (like French fries but cassava instead) and fish fajitas. Nice ceviche. Makes a whole fruit Pina colada but prepared to wait this is all made from scratch. Good news is they have the coldest beer in village that one can enjoy while everything is being prepared.
*Note this is Leslie and Will’s highly opinionated list of recommended restaurants and favorite menu items but we are prepared to defend those opinions! Some restaurants are intentionally omitted because Momma always said if you have nothing good to say…
Sonia’s Pizza-On the backstreets. Delivers. Only cooks a few times a week, never on Saturday and almost always every Sunday. May order by calling 635-2038 or via FB Sonia McDougal. Sonia does not take special orders, just makes “chef choice” pizza. We like it so much that we have a standing Sunday evening order! $30BZ for a large, but two slices fills you up!
Rose’s Comfort Food-Arguably one of the best chef’s in the village. Makes powder bun, bread, etc. for $1BZ each or bun for $2BZ each and will deliver. She makes unique food items such as shrimp alfredo with vegetables, spaghetti, and also typical Belizean fare of stew chicken, fry fish, and hudut. Many times sets up a stand on the same lane as Queen Bean on main road.
Want to make your own wrap or sandwich? Almost all the local restaurants make burritos, just tell them you would like a few tortillas to go. They will charge about $1BZ to make a large tortilla that one could use to make their own wrap.
Veggie Stand. People do not purchase fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, but at vegetable stands. In Hopkins, we have two. E&M that is just at the end of Hopkins Inn lane and Francisco’s, which is further north, across from Thong’s Cafe, beside Latitude 17. Bananas are 8-10 for $1BZ, pineapples are around $3.50BZ, three limes for $1BZ.