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Best Local Food in Turks and Caicos: Kalooki’s

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When we first arrived at the Turks and Caicos, we were starving. Once we went through customs and got our rental car, we couldn’t wait to sink our taste buds into some delicious local cuisine. We always like to try a local restaurant when traveling, and everyone we asked in the airport about where we should have lunch agreed – Kalooki’s.

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As we drove up to the beach front restaurant, it was right next to Da Conch Shack. We had heard so many good things about the Conch Shack but stuck to what the locals told us and pulled into Kalooki’s parking lot. We got a table right on the waters edge, and our kids immediately ran down to the beach, tossed their clothes onto the sand, and dove right into the water wearing only their undies. My husband and I laughed as we watched the kids splashing, giggling and swimming in the water while sipping on a refreshing island cocktail.

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It wasn’t just the atmosphere that we loved about Kalooki’s but also the food. I would do anything to have another dish of their Rasta Shrimp and rice. The dish featured jumbo shrimp marinated with peppers, herbs, and pimento wok-seared to perfection in a cream sauce. The shrimp creation came on top of a bed of fluffy steamed coconut rice. It was to die for!!

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While I enjoyed every bite of my shrimp dish, my husband couldn’t resist having some cracked conch. The dish featured local conch, tenderized, lightly battered and then deep fried. It was served with a side of fries and satisfied his immediate island conch cravings.

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The other thing that I loved about Kalooki’s is that they had a kids menu. A lot of local restaurants on the island don’t have kids menus, and the cost of dining out for a family of five can get pricey.

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Kalooki’s was our favorite local restaurant when visiting the Turks and Caicos this year. I guarantee that your family will have an unforgettable dining experience, and it is a great place to kick-off your family vacation on the island before checking into your resort.

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