National dish of St Maarten

Conch and dumplings is the national dish of Dutch Sint Maarten. The conch (sea snail) is first pounded and then pressure cooked with the dumplings, herbs, and spices. The thick sauce from the conch and dumplings is used as gravy to eat with rice, vegetables, and johnnycakes. Enjoy this dish at Nowhere Special in Simpson Bay or Yvette’s Restaurant in French Quarter.

You can’t leave Sint Maarten without trying the local snack shacks; all around, you’ll find Caribbean barbeques triggering your senses. Try the perfectly grilled chicken, ribs, seafood served with rice & peas, and local johnnycakes.