Little Corn - Places to Eat
posted on Feb 16, 2015 by Anna
Where to eat on Little Corn Island? Aaron and I scoured the Internet ahead of our trip to ensure that we wouldn't miss out on the best fare Little Corn has to offer. Although we didn't find a tremedously large volume of places to eat, anyone visiting the Little Corn for only a week or so shouldn't be wanting for variety—cuisine options range from Carribian to pan-American to Italian.
Below is the info we found (along with a few of our own contributions) in no particular order. This list is also not comprehensive; there are a few other local spots. We hope, however, that others may benefit from sharing our research.
Habana Libre - Twila's
- directions: just north of the port
- tel: +505 2572 9086
- price: mains ca. C$100 - C$160 // US$10-14
- opening hours: noon-10pm
Cuban food & known for excellent service and its dining patio.
Long considered the Corn Islands’ best restaurant, this Cuban kitchen serves up plates of fish, shrimp, lobster, chicken, roast pork and ropa vieja (a Cuban shredded-beef delicacy) as well as appetizers like fish and conch cevice. Dishes are served either barside or at one of their tables on the open air terrace. There's also Cohiba cigars and Cuban rum if you really want to live it up.
Open Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. Specialities (including the slow roast Cuban Pork) require advance ordering. Be sure to make your dinner reservations by 3:00 p.m.
Habana Libre is located right on the beach, just north (and within eyeshot) of the port.
Credit cards accepted.
- tel: +505 8412 6341
- location: Front Side (i.e., the Village) south of Municipal dock
Centrally located in 'The Village' with a view to the beach, Café Desideri is one of the newest restaurant on Little Corn. Known for preparing its food with love, fresh local produce and quality ingredients imported from Italy and mainland Nicaragua, Café Desideri offers a varied menu ranging from sandwiches and hamburgers and sandwiches, to burritos and salads, to Italian pasta dishes and the house speciality, Lobster Termidor. If you are not in a big hurry, they offer excellent lasagna that takes about 30 minutes. Café Desideri also serves fresh juices, a variety of fresh brewed coffees, juices, cocktails and wine. Café Desideri is also known for their decadent deserts.
Café Desideri is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (closed Mondays). Accepts credit cards and offers cash back for a 10% charge. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 to 9.
- url: http://www.tranquilocafe.com
- email: email@example.com
- phone: +505 8361 3758
- location: Front Side (i.e., the Village) south of the port, situated on the beach between the two dive shops
- hours: 11-9 daily (closed Thursdays)
- price: $2-$8.50"
Located on the 'Front Side' strip almost next to Café Desideri, Tranquilo is an American style bistro/café with quality food, fast service. Appetizers include bruschetta & "Catch of the Day" ceviche. Entrées include big and juicy cheeseburgers, fresh fish tacos, grilled chicken sandwiches and quesadillas as well as nightly dinner specials such as home-made mac & cheese, chicken wings, and fish & chips. Tranquilo also has vegetarian offerings.
Drinks include fresh brewed hot and iced Nicaraguan coffees, local fruit juice "frescos", smoothies, cocktails, and cold beer (including Guinness). It also boasts the largest cocktail menu on the island. Happy Hour Specials from 5-7pm.
Tranquilo Cafe is known as the social centre of Little Corn, and the best place on the island to be "seen", share travel stories, and enjoy the view and sunset. Famous for their twice weekly 'Bonfire Parties', 'Pub Quiz' trivia contests, movie screenings and DJ nights. Also features free WiFi until 10pm, a gift shop that showcases local crafts, T-shirts and traveller necessities.
Open Thursday to Tuesday for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 9:30 a.m. 9:00 p.m.
Turned Turtle Restaurant
- url: http://www.littlecornbb.com/turned-turtle-restaurant
- location: Little Corn Beach and Bungalow, Cocal beach (east side of the island) on the east side of the island; about 500 meters North of Casa Iguana
- price: breakfast ($4 up), lunch ($4.5 up) and four course dinners ($9 up)
Turned Turtle Restaurant is the name of the restaurant at Little Corn Beach and Bungalow (LCBB). Located on Cocal beach [about a half kilometre north of Casa Iguana], this casual beach restaurant serves pan-American cuisine with timely, friendly service. Open for breakfast (7:30 to 10:00), lunch (12:00 to 3:00) and dinner (5:30 to 8:30). The breakfast menu is extensive and affordable (starting at less then $3). Lunch includes some of the island's best fish tacos. The 'Porker Sliders' are a favourite among locals, as is the 'BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger Slider'. Dinners are served as complete four-course sets (including starter, soup or salad, veggies with the main course, as well as the daily deserts). The Turned Turtle also features rotating dinner specials ranging from Surf and Turf to Shrimp Scampi. Snacks are served from 11:30 to 4:30. Any any time, one can order the 'Island Dream' fruit smoothies, homemade ice cream and other snacks.
For drinks, Turned Turtle Restaurant has a good wine selection and speciality drinks—including what some have termed the "best ever" Pina Colada, large margaritas, a concoction called "Big Jeffs Mudhole" and an authentic Canadian "bloody caesar", as well as beer and Flor de Caña rum. Also one of the few places on the island that serves brewed coffee.
Turned Turtle Restaurant is the #1 rated restaurant on Trip Advisor for LCI.
Turned Turtle and LCBB offer free wi-fi, games and book exchange too. No reservations needed. Open 7 days a week.
Grace´s Place / Cool Spot
- url: http://gracescoolspot.com/
- location: East Side
Local island cuisine served in a pleasant thatched roof building right on the beach. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Customers are usually attended to personally be the owner Miss Gracie.
Carlito's Sunrise Paradise
- url: http://carlitosplacelittlecorn.com/
- location: Carlito's Place
- price: $5-$12
Featuring typical island cuisine, fresh catch of the day and lobster served from thier beach-side restaurant. Carlito also boasts "the best fried chicken" on the Corn Islands. Tables on beach.
Accepts credit cards.
- directions: towards the southeast, head south from the port and follow the signs
- url: http://www.casaiguana.net/restaurant.html
- price: US$5 - US$15
Casa Iguana serves breakfast every morning and dinner most nights. Fresh fruits, vegetables and other ingredients are supplied by their large, private garden. Vegetarian options and special preparations for those with dietary restrictions on request. Sample menus and details on website. Full bar. Pool table on premises.
Breakfast served daily from 7:30 to 10:00 a.m. Lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m. till 8:00 p.m. Dinner reservations should be made by noon at Dive Little Corn or Casa Iguana.
- price: breakfast: C$60; meals US$4-8.50
- opening hours: 6:30am - 9:30pm
Located on the path between the Village and Casa Iguana, Rosa's is popular for inexpensive but delicious local cuisine. Rosa's is also rumoured to have the best breakfast on the island (coffee, fresh fruit bowl, one of several options for the main—all for C$100).
Comedor First Stop/ Miss Brigett's
- price: C$120 - C$160 for mains
Set back from the main walking path, Miss Brigett serves lobster, shrimp, fish and fried chicken.
Suggested to be some of the best typical island cuisine to be found on Little Corn. Affordable prices.
- Lonely Planet: "Little Corn Island".
- Lonely Planet: "Little Corn Island > Habana Libre".
- Lonely Planet: "Little Corn Island > Roses".
- NicaTIPS.com: "Little Corn Island Restaurants"
- Radio Carib Community Network: "Cafe Desideri bringing the taste of Italy to Little Corn Island while supporting Community Radio Likkle I"
- The Corn Islands, Nicaragua: "Big Corn Island & Little Corn Island, Nicaragua".
- The Corn Islands, Nicaragua: "Restaurants"
- TravBuddy: "Habana Libre".
- Vianica: "Corn Islands".
- Wikitravel: "Little Corn Island".