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Visitors to the British dependency of Anguilla won't be disappointed in the culinary choices available on the island.

The island is small, but it has dozens of restaurants. Like many places popular with tourists, the prices might seem high but, by all reports, the food is very good. There are reasonably priced establishments too, also serving satisfying meals.

Sandy Ground is home to most of the restaurants on the island, but dining choices can be found in Meads Bay, Rendezvous Bay, South Hill, and other parts of the island, as well. In all likelihood, guests will be able to find something good within walking distance of their hotel or villa.

Anguillian cuisine is heavily influenced by that of the native Caribbean, African, English, French, and Spanish. Given that Anguilla is an island, it should come as no surprise that seafood plays a large part, including conch, crab, grouper, mahi-mahi, marlin, prawns, red snapper, shrimp, and spiny lobster. Salt cod is a staple, often eaten by itself or used in soups, stews, or casseroles.

Given the small size of the island, the availability of livestock is limited, but people do raise poultry, pigs, sheep, and goats, which find their way into their dishes, along with some imported beef. Goats are common on the island, and goat is the most commonly eaten meat. Due to poor soil and limited land suitable for agriculture, a large portion of the island's produce is imported, which is also seen in high food prices.

Anguilla does grow limes and other citrus fruits, garlic, onions, peppers, squash, tomatoes, and pigeon peas, the latter of which is the island's national dish. Similar to black-eyed peas, pigeon peas are prepared and served in a variety of ways for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Potatoes are eaten but are less common than other forms of starches, such as sweet potatoes, yams, and breadfruit, which are either grown locally or imported.

A popular island dessert is cracked coconut. Coconut ice cream is served inside a coconut-crusted chocolate shell. For adults, a shot of liquor might be added to the center.

However, visitors to the island are not restricted to the native foods. There are pizza places on the island, and barbecue restaurants are common. Cusine from throughout the world can be found somewhere on the island, including Asian, English, French, Italian, Japanese, West Indian, and several international restaurants.

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