Dining on the Avenue Trinidad Style

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Lifestyle & Culture

During the daytime, a drive down Ariapita Avenue showcases restaurant after restaurant with signs featuring a range of world cuisine, but come the evening time parked cars hug the curb, people spill onto the sidewalk and music enhances the lively atmosphere nicknamed the ‘Restaurant Strip.’

Friday in Trinidad is a celebration just as it is around the world and on the Avenue it means one thing – the after work lime! The lounges, bars and restaurants attract large crowds of people with added attractions of DJ’s, live local bands, special 2 for 1 on drinks and some even boast appearances by local personalities.

Sweet Lime is one such restaurant where live music is on the bill most Fridays. The premises occupies a whole corner spot to itself and boast of outdoor dining on the pavement amid the lush green of pot plants and the shade of an awning. The main dishes have a Caribbean flavor to it such as Jerk Chicken, Pepper Shrimp and Calypso Grilled Chicken. Do call ahead to find out about special are available and if they have any upcoming events.

More Vino is as the name suggests is primarily a wine bar and unlikely place to find fresh, tasty sushi prepared in various ways. Do try their signature ‘More Vino Famous Crab Dip’ with its secret spices and melted parmesan. Enjoy as you sit indoors in the cool or al-fresco on the large patio that overlooks the action on the Avenue.

Angelo’s is a family owned restaurant that offers authentic Italian cuisine from chef and owner Angelo Cofone. There is a strong Sicilian flavor that runs through both the main course and dessert. Reservations are recommended to experience the warmth and charm of Angelo’s.

Mélange Restaurant is one of those elegant establishments that you go to make a lasting impression. The contemporary interior décor sets the scene for an enjoyable dining experience. Do try the Pina’ Colada Crème Brulee to complete a perfect meal.

El Peco’s is a great place to grab a bite before heading out for the night. This casual dining restaurant has a meat-lovers and vegetarian menu featuring home style Caribbean cooking. The price of your meal is determined by weight so get creative as you serve yourself a hearty plate full of food.

The Avenue is a growing business district that welcomes all with open arms. It is the unmatched hub of nightlife in Trinidad, where no reservation is needed, no jacket required and where food is served from breakfast to lunch to the evening meal. Do check out the Restaurant Strip when next you visit the twin island.

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